Luckily, the UK car market has a great selection of superminis and city cars that would be perfect for young drivers, offering style, a good drive, low running costs and more than enough space within, despite their sizes.
So, just what are the best cars for young drivers in the UK this year? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it.
Try and think of the most popular car in the UK, the one that you seem to see everywhere. Where you thinking of the Ford Fiesta? Of course you were, we’re psychic like that…
The Ford Fiesta is simply one of the best cars in the UK, selling more units than any other model. With low running costs, an inexpensive price tag and enough kit to keep you and your friends busy, the Ford Fiesta is definitely a great choice for young drivers.
And we’re not just saying that because one of our writers learned to drive in one…
There are many versions of the Fiesta available to buy in the UK, from the entry-level Studio trim to the range-topping Titanium X spec. There’s also three hot hatch variants in the form of the Ford Fiesta ST range.
If you’re on a budget as a young driver, you might want to consider the likes of the Studio model, which opens the range and features central locking, aux input, electrically-operated front windows and door mirrors, and an engine immobiliser.
Want just a few more goodies? Then consider the Style ECOnetic specification which adds manual air conditioning, manual seat height adjust, Ford MyKey, lowered suspension, trip computer, Ford Auto Start-Stop, and Ford Easy-Fuel capless refuelling system.
The Ford Fiesta scored highly on Euro NCAP safety tests and comes with a good level of safety equipment, so you can be sure that it will be a reliable ride.
Insurance will also be lower than many other cars and, as they’re so popular, you will be more likely to find a great deal on one.
The Fiat 500 is style incarnate, which is why many young drivers lean towards the city car when in the market. Keep an eye out on UK roads and you’ll no doubt see countless 500s around and about (and you never see an unhappy driver of one either!).
With seemingly infinite possibilities when it comes to personalisation, the Fiat 500 is one of the best cars for young drivers with a bit of style, creativity and uniqueness about them.
Although a lot of personalisation is offered by Fiat, the 500 comes in just three trim levels in the UK, meaning that it is easy for young drivers to find one that is right for them.
Fashionable both in and out, all versions of the Fiat 500 come equipped with LED daytime running lights, height-adjustable steering wheel radio with USB and aux-in, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and electric front windows.
Move up to the mid-range trim to receive air conditioning and alloy wheels, while the range-topping versions further add a five-inch touch-screen radio with Bluetooth, USB and aux-in, rear parking sensors, leather steering wheel with audio controls, fog lights, chrome kit, height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a fixed sun roof.
With three nippy engines to choose from, along with a comfortable ride, the Fiat 500 will get young drivers from A to B in comfort and style.
Rivalling the Ford Fiesta in the UK’s supermini market is the Vauxhall Corsa, and it’s doing a pretty good job of convincing young drivers to choose it over its American competitor.
As with the Fiesta, the Corsa is a popular model that is inexpensive to buy and insure, offers a good drive and comes with enough kit to keep you entertained.
Three- and five-door body styles are available, so you don’t have to pull your hair out when trying to cram your mates in the back seats.
Many models are there for the choosing, from the cheap and cheerful Sting spec to pricier and more equipped trims like Red Edition and Black Edition. There’s even a hot hatch variant atop the range, known as the Vauxhall Corsa VXR.
As standard, all Corsas come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, leather-covered steering wheel, daytime running lights, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
If you would like some more luxuries, then moving up the trim levels brings extra kit like larger alloys, IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, OnStar connected car service, digital radio, leather-covered steering wheel, air conditioning, and sports pedals.
A whole host of engine are available, all offering good performance and the knowledge that you won’t be killing the planet by spewing out tonnes of CO2. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are available, depending on the model chosen.
For young drivers in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best cars for their money, and should certainly be considered when in the market.
If you’re a young driver looking for a stylish car that is a bit bigger than the Fiat 500, then a SEAT Ibiza would be a good place to start.
The Ibiza is popular in the UK thanks to its sleek looks, high level of standard kit and brilliant fuel efficiency.
Did you know that depending on the version chosen, the SEAT Ibiza emits as little as 88g/km of CO2, while returning up to 83.1mpg? Go out and save the planet today!
As well as looking sleek on the outside, the Ibiza is also classy within, with features including Media System Touch, which incorporates a five-inch Black & White touch-screen, USB port, SD card slot, FM/AM radio, and four speakers.
Go for higher-spec versions of the Ibiza and you’ll receive the likes of Bluetooth audio streaming with hands-free system, air conditioning, alloy wheels, colour touch-screen, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a leather steering wheel and gear knob.
The engines offered for the Ibiza are punchy and the drive is smooth, meaning that it’s a perfect car for young drivers in the UK to take around town and up and down motorways.
SEAT’s supermini offering is honestly underappreciated. Its fun drive and low running costs make it one of the best cars for young drivers.
We know, we know, another Ford on the list… but hear us out. The latest Ford Ka might have been on the market for a while, but it is still a cheap and cheerful motor that offers funky looks and lower insurance premiums.
Listen to Uncle Askaprice, young drivers of the UK, the Ka is an ideal first car thanks to its small but capable engines, good fuel economy and low insurance. It also shouldn’t be too hard to find a great deal on one.
The nippy little city car is offered in six trim levels, with standard equipment including Ford AM/FM CD audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Ford Auto Start-Stop system, steering wheel audio controls, and more.
If you want the likes of air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat and electrically-operated front windows, then you’ll have to ignore the entry-level Studio trim and move straight to the Style spec and above.
In the UK, there is only one engine available for the Ford Ka, meaning that young drivers won’t have to pull their hair out wondering which is best.
The 68bhp 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine within is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with the powertrain emitting 115g/km of CO2 and returning 57.7mpg.
If you want a nippy little motor that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, then the Ford Ka is a great choice for young drivers in the UK this year.