If you are a young driver buying a car can be one of the most expensive purchases you have ever made.

Fuel and road tax are just too of the things you will have to consider when looking at keeping costs down, while car insurance for young drivers is a constant source of pain for those taking their first steps into car ownership.

However, the following list of cars are some of the best choices for a young driver who is looking for a cheaper car in 2013.

1.Ford Ka

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The Ford Ka is the ultimate car for a young, first time driver in the UK. Not only do Ford Ka prices start from just £9,000 it also comes with low insurance and impressive running cost savings.

Ford's Fiesta and Focus are regarded as two of the best cars on the market to drive and the responsive handling, tight turning circle and compact size of the Ford Ka puts it up there with its popular siblings.

The Ford Ka is one of the UK's best-selling city cars for a reason; it is incredible value for money and ideal for a younger driver.

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2.Fiat Panda

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The Fiat Panda is often overshadowed by the stylish but expensive Fiat 500. However, a new generation for 2013 promises to put the Panda right back into the public consciousness.

The Fiat Panda has not changed much in its 20 years on sale and the distinctive, almost iconic design, allows it to be both practical and stylish at the same time.

More importantly for younger buyers it costs less than £10,000 from new and comes with petrol and diesel engines offering free UK road tax, including Fiat's superb 0.9-litre, two-cylinder TwinAir engine.

The Panda also comes with a 4x4 option for those who want extra traction and an even more fun drive in their low-cost car.

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3.Volkswagen Up/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo

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The three cars listed here are all essentially the same model, built by Volkswagen and rebadged for its other brands.

All three are compact city cars launched at the end of 2012 and have won a host of top awards because of their design, reliability and running costs.

Available in three- and five-door variations, all three of the cars use frugal petrol engines including road tax-free options.

Meanwhile, insurance costs are incredibly low for all three models, although our pick would be the Skoda Citigo because of its understated style, lower price and inherent reliability.

Prices for all three fall between £8,000 and £10,000.

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4.Toyota IQ

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Japanese manufacturer Toyota is one of the most reliable car makers in the world and if you're looking for a cheap, well-built city car the IQ is a superb option.

The tiny dimensions of the Toyota IQ - it is not much bigger than a Smart car - mean it is perfect for a young driver who has to navigate dense city traffic.

Road tax-free versions are available and even the most powerful engines fall into Band C of UK road tax. Cheap to insure, the Toyota IQ is one of the more respectable small cars on the market.

Stylish and fun, you can get behind the wheel of a Toyota IQ for just £11,000.

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5.Kia Picanto

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Kia is a brand on the up in the UK thanks to a huge leap in perceived build quality - the brand performs exceptionally well in user surveys and the Picanto comes with a superb seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

The Picanto, styled by ex-Audi man Peter Schreyer, looks great with a 'tiger face' front end and city-friendly compact dimensions.

More importantly for younger buyers, a new Kia Picanto costs less than £10,000 and is exceptionally cheap to insure. It also comes with road tax-free options.

Confused car buyers will find the '1', '2' and '3' trim level naming system easy to understand and sharp handling means this is a fun car to drive in any situation.

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6.Hyundai i10

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Hyundai is another to enjoy a big boost in reputation in the UK, again because of the perceived reliability and durability of its cars.

The Hyundai i10 is the smallest in the range and costs less than £9,000 for entry-level models. It is also one of the cheapest-to-run small cars on sale today with all models falling in tax band A or B.

Insurance costs are incredibly low for new buyers and the car also comes in five-door version for extra practicality.

Hyundai offers impressive warranties for the durable little i10 and modern design means it looks great on the road.

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7.Peugeot 107

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The Peugeot 107 is due to be replaced later this year but this simply means the excellent little French city car will be better value than ever.

Cheap and cheerful, the Peugeot 107 is a basic little city car with excellent handling. Its small size means it is ideal for zipping around the city and squeezing into parking spaces should not be a problem.

Insurance for the Peugeot 107 is affordable and you certainly will not break the bank when it comes to fuel costs thanks to its fuel-sipping petrol engine range.

This is a small car with plenty of admirers and can be bought for as little as £8,000.

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