Perfect first carsBuying a first car is both an exciting and daunting prospect. With such a wide variety of vehicles to choose from and various things to take into account, it can take a bit of research to identify exactly which car suits you best. But there are some consistently reliable cars on the market that every first time buyer should consider and we have shortlisted some of the best. Superminis are a really good way to go when choosing a first time car because they are compact, nimble and sturdy, so they feature heavily in our list.
The Citroen C3 is the first in our list of superminis and is a solid reliable drive that focuses on comfort rather than thrills. It offers a smooth ride over undulating road surfaces and has accurate linear steering. Citroen has a good record when it comes to fuel efficiency and its BlueHDi diesel engine offers some impressively low CO2 figures.
The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a popular choice for a first car because it often comes with inexpensive first time car insurance and is cheap to run – just what the first time buyer is looking for – and some models have ecoFLEX, making for an even more economical drive. Another supermini, this is a very reliable and comfortable drive and, like the Citreon C3, feels stable and sure-footed, making it a great first car for the just-passed.
There are some consistently reliable cars on the market that every first time buyer should consider
The Skoda Fabia is the conservative friend who doesn’t drink and is always on time. It’s a very affordable city runaround with modern styling and a firm set up that aids body control and handling. Well-composed and with fantastic fuel-efficiency, this is the car to get if you want to show how grown up you are.
If you just can’t resist going for looks, then this supermini might tick a few boxes for you. As well as having good looks, it’s cheap to run and has good interior space to squeeze all your friends in. Peugeot is famous for its diesel technology, and the Peugeot 206 diesel provides good performance and economy. It’s content on motorways as well as country lanes and is able to fit into tight spaces – a definite first car contender.
Refined and well-finished, the VW Polo is perhaps a bit more high end than a lot of first time buyer budgets can stretch to, but, if you can afford it, they are definitely worth the extra pennies.
The Renault Clio is one of the most popular cars in Europe and it’s easy to see why. It’s stylish and chic, compact and nimble, with capable handling and enough softness in the suspension to keep those road bumps from making your teeth rattle. It’s cheap to run, insurance and tax which makes it a candidate for a first time buyer’s dream car.
Refined and well-finished, the VW Polo is perhaps a bit more high end than a lot of first time buyer budgets can stretch to, but, if you can afford it, they are definitely worth the extra pennies. Fantastic build quality, extremely reliable – it’s a perennial front runner in the supermini class.
The Ford Fiesta is a well-proportioned supermini featuring big engine performance with small engine economy. Ford knows how to make small cars feel amply-spaced and the Fiesta is proof of that. It’s also fun to drive and looks pretty stylish too, so it’s certainly a good choice for the more image conscious.
The Ford Fiesta’s big sibling, the Ford Focus, is not a supermini but more of a family hatchback; however, it’s still affordable and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Cheap to run and very reliable, the Focus is a good choice if you are a first time buyer but are a late arrival to the driving game and require more than a runaround for you and your friends as an A to B to college and the cinema.
So there we have it - some great performing and excellent value cars that will inspire confidence in first time car shoppers and avoid any buyer’s remorse. Enjoy your new car and drive safe!