FirstCar Awards 2019 - The shortlist

After much deliberation from our judging panel, we are proud to announce the FirstCar Awards shortlist across our 17 Award categories.

The annual FirstCar Awards help young drivers pick a car that's safe, reliable, easy to drive and affordable to run, as well as encouraging new drivers to choose products and technology to help them stay safe behind the wheel.


Marketing Campaign

Audi UK – Young Drivers

This campaign aimed to educate young people that a luxury, aspirational brand like Audi can be financially viable. 

Marmalade – Freedom Tastes Sweet

#FreedomTastesSweet introduced young people to Marmalade at the start of their driving journey –revealing how we offer of innovative cover, practical advice and ongoing support! 

RED – RED's Test Tips: An Expert Video Guide

RED Driving School’s ‘Test Tips’ video series is a light-hearted and informative multi-channel campaign to help digital first young drivers get on the road safely.

Veygo – We'll Get You There

A video campaign showcasing the newly launched Veygo aimed at young people learning to drive or those who have passed, but don’t own a car.


App of the Year

Driving Theory Test 2019 Kit

The UK’s No.1 Theory Test app -everything a learner driver needs to pass their Theory Test first time...9/10 pass using the app.

Midrive Learner

Through use of innovative features developed based on extensive research, the app helps learners save money, learn faster, and ultimately be safer on the roads.

The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit

Named by Apple as the number one paid-for iOS app in 2017, this app is making a huge difference to learners’ understanding of driving theory.

Veygo

The Veygo app breaks down the barriers between insurer and consumer, simplifying the purchase process and making it easily accessible to new and learner drivers.


Safety Technology of the Year

ConnectedCAM Citroën

Available on the Citroën C3, ConnectedCAM Citroën is a built-in dash cam. We'd like to see more brands following Citroën's lead and offering similar cameras.

Toyota Safety Sense

A suite of driver assistance and safety technologies, Toyota Safety Sense makes high-tech features available in the small cars which new drivers are most likely to own.

Sponsored by ingenie


Road Safety Initiative

Kent County Council – Speak Out

‘Speak Out’ showcases actual friends talking about their friendship and trust and translating this into the confidence to ‘Speak Out’ if they feel unsafe in a car.   

RED – RED's Road Brain Trainer

National Driving School of the Year 2018 provides free of charge interactive e-learning modules to learner drivers with the aim of changing young driver behaviour.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service – Safe Drive, Stay Alive

Combining films, live speaker testimonies and extended learning resources, post attendance, SDSA aims to positively influence the attitudes of young drivers and their passengers.

Sponsored by tso


Product of the Year

Bright Angle Warning Triangle

BriteAngle is a revolutionary warning triangle with flashing, high-intensity LEDs that allow hazards to be seen from 300 metres away in all weathers, day or night.

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D

Garmin's DriveAssist 50LMT-D combines the convenience of a high-end sat nav with the safety benefit of a dash cam. Not cheap, but then you're getting two products in one.

Nextbase 612 GW Dash Cam

Nextbase’s 612GW is the world’s first Dash Cam to capture footage in True (30fps) Ultra HD (4K), boasting the best image quality across the market.

Solon Security Defender Signal Blocker

From initial launch at Young Driver Focus 2017, to over 200,000 units sold worldwide, the Defender Signal Blocker has become an essential anti-distracted driving tool.

TyrePal Solar Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Keeping tyres correctly inflated is vital to staying safe on the road. The TyrePal Solar alerts the driver if tyre pressure or temperature gives cause for concern.


Finance Product of the Year

Citroën SimplyDrive Telematics

Citroën makes a brand new first car more affordable through SimplyDrive Telematics, combining low-rate finance with insurance in one monthly payment.

Marmalade Fuel & Go

The pioneers of combining finance and insurance in one product, Marmalade's Fuel & Go scheme offers affordable new cars from a variety of manufacturers.

Peugeot Just Add Fuel with Telematics

A new Peugeot is a realistic goal for new drivers through Just Add Fuel with Telematics. Buyers pay for the car and insurance through one monthly bill.


Retailer of the Year

Arnold Clark

The Arnold Clark dealer group supports new drivers and their families through its innovative dual-control car hire scheme, as well as offering learner driver insurance.

Foray Motor Group

Not every dealership appreciates what new drivers must go through. The Foray Motor Group has a detailed online guide, from applying for a provisional licence to buying a first car.

Stoneacre

Owning a car is a huge expense for first-time buyers. Stoneacre offers a finance product specifically aimed at students to make buying a car more affordable.

Sponsored by warranty direct


Green car of the year

Renault Zoe   The only electric vehicle on our shortlist, the Renault Zoe shows how practical and fun an EV can be, and used examples are surprisingly affordable.

Renault Zoe

The only electric vehicle on our shortlist, the Renault Zoe shows how practical and fun an EV can be, and used examples are surprisingly affordable.

Skoda Citigo GreenTech   With excellent fuel economy in both the official tests and independent trials, the Skoda Citigo is affordable to buy, cheap to run, and easy to live with.

Skoda Citigo GreenTech

With excellent fuel economy in both the official tests and independent trials, the Skoda Citigo is affordable to buy, cheap to run, and easy to live with.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid   Clever petrol-electric hybrid technology cuts carbon emissions and improves fuel economy. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is practical and safe as well as green

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Clever petrol-electric hybrid technology cuts carbon emissions and improves fuel economy. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is practical and safe as well as green


Safe car of the year

Nissan Micra   One of the new generation of superminis with big-car safety features as standard, the Micra has a five-star rating from the experts at Euro NCAP.

Nissan Micra

One of the new generation of superminis with big-car safety features as standard, the Micra has a five-star rating from the experts at Euro NCAP.

Seat Ibiza   Strong in a crash, and equipped with high-tech driver aids, the Seat Ibiza is one of the safest superminis on sale.

Seat Ibiza

Strong in a crash, and equipped with high-tech driver aids, the Seat Ibiza is one of the safest superminis on sale.

Volkswagen Polo   The Volkswagen Polo is the highest scoring supermini the safety experts at Euro NCAP have ever tested. It's strong in a crash and has lots of safety kit.

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is the highest scoring supermini the safety experts at Euro NCAP have ever tested. It's strong in a crash and has lots of safety kit.


Most wanted first car of the year

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Audi A1 Sportback   The new Audi A1 Sportback looks stunning. It's great to drive and has an upmarket cabin – everything you'd expect of Audi, but in a small package.

Audi A1 Sportback

The new Audi A1 Sportback looks stunning. It's great to drive and has an upmarket cabin – everything you'd expect of Audi, but in a small package.

Ford Fiesta   Striking design and real driver appeal earns the Ford Fiesta a place on the 'Most Wanted' shortlist. It's a first car any new driver would be proud to own.

Ford Fiesta

Striking design and real driver appeal earns the Ford Fiesta a place on the 'Most Wanted' shortlist. It's a first car any new driver would be proud to own.

Volkswagen Polo   The Volkswagen Polo appeals to new drivers on so many levels. Sharp looks, big-car features, and a quality cabin combine to make a really appealing package.

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo appeals to new drivers on so many levels. Sharp looks, big-car features, and a quality cabin combine to make a really appealing package.


Used car of the year: up to £2,000

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Citreon C1 (05-14)   Exceptionally low running costs mark the Citroën C1 as a brilliant budget buy. Cheeky looks and a fun personality add to the C1's appeal as a first car.

Citreon C1 (05-14)

Exceptionally low running costs mark the Citroën C1 as a brilliant budget buy. Cheeky looks and a fun personality add to the C1's appeal as a first car.

Ford Fiesta (02-08)   In its day, the fifth generation Fiesta was the best supermini on sale. It now makes a safe and reliable first time buy.

Ford Fiesta (02-08)

In its day, the fifth generation Fiesta was the best supermini on sale. It now makes a safe and reliable first time buy.

Toyota Yaris (06-11)   Cheap first cars don't get more sensible than the Toyota Yaris. It's reliable, safe, and affordable to buy and run.

Toyota Yaris (06-11)

Cheap first cars don't get more sensible than the Toyota Yaris. It's reliable, safe, and affordable to buy and run.


Used Car of the Year: up to £5,000

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Kia Picanto (11-17)   The previous generation Kia Picanto still looks fresh and modern. It's cheap to buy and should still have some of the original warranty left to run.

Kia Picanto (11-17)

The previous generation Kia Picanto still looks fresh and modern. It's cheap to buy and should still have some of the original warranty left to run.

Skoda Citigo (11-)   For less than £5000, a used Skoda Citigo is great value for money. What's more, the Citigo is easy to drive and affordable to insure.

Skoda Citigo (11-)

For less than £5000, a used Skoda Citigo is great value for money. What's more, the Citigo is easy to drive and affordable to insure.

Toyota Aygo (14-)   The Toyota Aygo has all the sensible qualities you associate with Toyota, like reliability. It's also stylish, keenly priced and very economical.

Toyota Aygo (14-)

The Toyota Aygo has all the sensible qualities you associate with Toyota, like reliability. It's also stylish, keenly priced and very economical.


Used Car of the Year: up to £10,000

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Ford Fiesta (08-17)   The old-shape Ford Fiesta is our reigning 'Used Car of the Year', and with good reason. The Fiesta is safe, easy to drive, and affordable.

Ford Fiesta (08-17)

The old-shape Ford Fiesta is our reigning 'Used Car of the Year', and with good reason. The Fiesta is safe, easy to drive, and affordable.

Hyundai i20 (15-)   The Hyundai 20 offers strong safety standards, it's simple to drive and very practical. At this price, the i20 should still be covered by the original warranty.

Hyundai i20 (15-)

The Hyundai 20 offers strong safety standards, it's simple to drive and very practical. At this price, the i20 should still be covered by the original warranty.

Volkswagen Polo (09-17)   Classy, safe and reliable, the Volkswagen Polo makes a great used car. There are plenty to choose from, both inside and outside the main dealer network.

Volkswagen Polo (09-17)

Classy, safe and reliable, the Volkswagen Polo makes a great used car. There are plenty to choose from, both inside and outside the main dealer network.


Used Car of the Year: overall winner

To be selected from the 3 used car categories

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City Car of the Year

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Kia Picanto   With fresh looks, plenty of scope for personalisation, and good safety standards, the Kia Picanto is a very capable first car. The seven-year warranty adds to its appeal.

Kia Picanto

With fresh looks, plenty of scope for personalisation, and good safety standards, the Kia Picanto is a very capable first car. The seven-year warranty adds to its appeal.

Toyota Aygo   The Toyota Aygo is available with lots of high-tech safety kit. Funky styling and low running costs make the Aygo a desirable and sensible first car.

Toyota Aygo

The Toyota Aygo is available with lots of high-tech safety kit. Funky styling and low running costs make the Aygo a desirable and sensible first car.

Volkswagen Up!   We're impressed that autonomous emergency braking can be specified on every Volkswagen Up!. The VW is fun to drive, cheap to fuel, and inexpensive to insure.

Volkswagen Up!

We're impressed that autonomous emergency braking can be specified on every Volkswagen Up!. The VW is fun to drive, cheap to fuel, and inexpensive to insure.


Supermini of the Year

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Ford Fiesta   Great to drive and impressively roomy for a supermini, no wonder the Fiesta is Britain's best-selling new car. Low running costs will appeal to first-time buyers.

Ford Fiesta

Great to drive and impressively roomy for a supermini, no wonder the Fiesta is Britain's best-selling new car. Low running costs will appeal to first-time buyers.

Nissan Micra   We love the Nissan Micra's striking looks, rock-bottom running costs, and reassuring safety standards. And we applaud Nissan for making autonomous emergency braking standard.

Nissan Micra

We love the Nissan Micra's striking looks, rock-bottom running costs, and reassuring safety standards. And we applaud Nissan for making autonomous emergency braking standard.

Seat Ibiza   There's real flair to the Seat Ibiza's looks. The Seat's appeal is more than skin deep, with affordable running costs and excellent safety standards.

Seat Ibiza

There's real flair to the Seat Ibiza's looks. The Seat's appeal is more than skin deep, with affordable running costs and excellent safety standards.

Volkswagen Polo   As the safest supermini Euro NCAP has tested, the Volkswagen Polo deserves a place on any supermini buyer's shortlist. It's practical and fuel-efficient too.

Volkswagen Polo

As the safest supermini Euro NCAP has tested, the Volkswagen Polo deserves a place on any supermini buyer's shortlist. It's practical and fuel-efficient too.


New Car of the Year

Shortlist to consist of the two category winners (city car and supermini).

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