Best cars for learners and new drivers

The best cars for learners or novice drivers should be low budget, small in most cases and, of course, easy to drive. Normally, 'mini car' models are the best car choices for learner drivers because they're not only easier to drive than larger models but also offer better value for money in terms of engine quality and longevity.

Best cars for learners and novice drivers

If you've just passed your driving test or are considering learning under supervision you'll need to consider the best cars for learners and novices. The kind of car you'll need will obviously depend on your own individual tastes and ability, but the basic formula for a good learner's car is a small, well built, budget car that can last through the years.

Fiesta Ford LX

The Fiesta Ford LX is a three door model with a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engine. Other specifications of the model include front wheel drive, dual air bags, air conditioning, remote locking and a 15-inch stereo.

However, for learner drivers and novices the Fiesta Ford LX possess one of the best driving dynamics in its class; the steer tests with incredible response and accuracy. Added to that, the model is considerable good value for money at £15,900.

Toyota Yaris YR

Slightly bigger than the Fiesta Ford LX with five doors and an higher price of around £16,600, the Toyota Yaris YR model is built as a long lasting, sturdy, safe car with great dynamics making it one of the best cars for learners and novice drivers.

The Yaris YR scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, out performing the Ford LX. However, the great dynamics and flawless safety features of the car come at a price as it's generally louder than most models.

Hyundai Getz 1.4

If you're really strapped for cash then the Hyundai Getz 1.4 is definitely a viable option at £13,990 on average. For this price you can expect to receive Hyundai's exceptional five-year, no limit kilometre warranty - if anything fails due to the cheap budget you're sure to be covered.

However, the Getz 1.4 received an average safety rating and is somewhat 'average' in terms of car dynamics.

Second hand cars

Some of the best cars for learners and novice drivers can be quite pricey - even if they are the cheapest on the market. You could, of course, consider a second-hand car if your budget is really tight, but you'll need to think about your priorities. Inexperienced drivers and learners should realistically drive a car that offers exceptional safety and dynamics for their price and opting for a warranty (or at least a quality built car) may prove invaluable.

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