Study reveals the best 10 cars for new drivers 2019

Buying your first car is one of the rites of passage to freedom, once you’ve got your driving test out of the way, you’ll need your own set of wheels. This purchase is a special moment you’ll never forget, filled with excitement and confusion. Choosing the right first car can be a headache waiting to happen, with such a diverse variety of cars on the market.

ComparetheMarket.com has put together a list of the ‘Best New Cars for First-Time Drivers’ to help you navigate the market and get on the road.

Insurance Your First Car

Essentially, a first car has to be cheap to insure. When you are a driver with very little experience behind the wheel you are more likely to be involved in an accident than other motorists who have been on the road a lot longer.

Insuring a car can be very expensive, which is why it makes sense to make sure your first set of wheels is in one of the lowest insurance groups possible. In the UK, insurance groups range from 1 (lowest) to 50 (highest), and a first car should aim to be in single figures, ideally in group 5 or lower.

Running Costs

The running costs for a car can be quite hefty and are made even more expensive for an inexperienced driver – so a shiny new Ferrari is out of the question. It’s not only the selling price you have to mull over when it comes to costs. You’ll need to consider car insurance, efficiency, reliability and the cost of road tax to consider.

The majority of modern small cars that have engines sizes of 1.6 or less have a fuel economy range in the region of 50-60mpg, which means you are not spending all your pennies at the petrol station. Your exact mpg depends on many contributing factors such as the age of the car, how you drive it and what you use your car for, so don’t expect to match the exact manufacturer’s official figures.

It’s always tempting to go for the cheapest used example you can find. While these may be more affordable to buy, these cars will almost certainly be more expensive to run.

The top 10 best cars for new drivers was decided by metrics such as cost of the base model, the combined MPG, insurance group for the base model and the average cost for an insurance premium.

Top 10 Best Cars for New Drivers

Make Model Cost of Car (Starting Price) Miles Per Gallon (MPG) Fuel consumption (combined) Insurance Group Average Insurance Premiums
Peugeot 108 £12,265.00 55 6 £899.68
Volkswagen Up! £9,260.00 64 2 £818.81
Skoda Citigo £8,890.00 64 2 £871.74
Citroen C1 £10,470.00 56 7 £868.45
Fiat 500 £12,165.00 51.4 2 £905.37
Hyundai i10 £10,025.00 55 7 £870.63
Renault Clio £14,295.00 54.3 3 £915.97
Fiat Panda £10,080.00 44.1 6 £1,216.79
Volkswagen Polo £14,840.00 48.7 7 £1,117.91
Ford Fiesta £15,745.00 48.7 3 £1,199.24


The Volkswagen Polo was also crowned safe car of the year at the FirstCar 2019 awards, Ford Fiesta received used car of the year & the Volkswagen Up! was named city car of the year! Check out the full list of winners here!