good starter cars

good starter cars

Good Starter Cars

Peugeot 208 hatchback The Peugeot 208 is the latest in a long line of stylish small cars from the French brand. It may not be as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, but it looks sophisticated inside and out. It’s also an easy car to own – Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ package provides all you need for the first three years on the road, including road tax, servicing and insurance. Drivers under 21 may need a telematics box installed in the car to record driving habits, but this shouldn’t be intrusive and free insurance represents a huge saving. It’s well worth it, because the 208 is a very comfortable car and comes with plenty of standard equipment. The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol model is sufficiently powerful for those using the car around town and is capable of 65.7mpg. The most frugal diesel model claims an incredible 94.2mpg. Overall the 208 is a great looking car and a very cost-effective way to get on the road. Read more.Key points 3.8 / 5 Price £14,465 – £19,595 read review watch video Citroën C1 hatchback The Citroen C1 makes it onto our list for a number of compelling reasons. Firstly, it’s a characterful and fun car to look at and to drive; secondly it’s extremely attractively priced; and thirdly, it’s covered by Citroen’s ‘Simply Drive’ scheme. Like the Peugeot scheme outlined above, this package includes road tax, servicing and insurance for three years. As with the Peugeot, a telematics box will be required in order for drivers aged 18-21 to qualify for free insurance, but it won’t stand in the way of your enjoyment of the car. And enjoy it you will! The C1 shares its mechanical structure with the Peugeot 108 (which is also covered by the Peugeot ‘Just Add Fuel’ scheme) and all models have an MP3-compatible stereo. Feel trim and above have air-conditioning, while the 1.0-litre engine returns 68.9mpg. Although the Simply Drive scheme doesn’t include fuel, you won’t visit the filling station too often. Read more.Key points 3.7 / 5 Price £8,835 – £13,115 read review watch video Volkswagen Polo hatchback The Volkswagen Polo is one of the classiest small cars you can buy, with grown-up looks and the kudos that the VW emblem brings. With a well trimmed interior that has an upmarket feel, it’s a car designed more with comfort than fun in mind, but it’s still rewarding to drive. You might well use it to make a journey for pleasure and this is one small car that takes long motorway road trips in its stride. The Polo offers a good range of efficient petrol engines, all of which are well suited to the car, while all models get a touchscreen infotainment system. The 1.0-litre turbo model delivers low emissions and qualifies for free road tax, while it also returns nearly 60mpg yet offers more than enough power for most drivers. Also, as part of Volkswagen’s Solutions PCP finance package, qualifying drivers can get the first year’s insurance thrown in for free. If you’re looking for a small car that provides the feeling of safety and reassurance of a much bigger one, this could be the car for you. Read more.Key points 4.4 / 5 Price £11,970 – £20,605 read review watch video Ford Fiesta hatchback The Ford Fiesta is a real household name and frequently sits at the top of the best-sellers list. It’s a terrific car to drive and thanks to an innovation called MyKey, it’s a car that parents can confidently entrust to a younger family member. Essentially, it enables a number of behaviour-related settings to be imposed, such as a maximum speed, a seatbelt reminder and even a maximum volume for the stereo. The settings are coded to one key, but normalised settings take over when another key is used. This way, every member of the family can enjoy a car that may be a little more expensive than some of the other cars on our list, but it’s a good deal more spacious and practical than many of them. Granted, you don’t get as much standard equipment as you do on the Hyundai i10, but the Fiesta is much more comfortable on the motorway and some models are just as cheap to run. One thing that does count against the Ford – especially when compared to Kias, Hyundais and Toyotas – is its very average three-year/60,000-mile warranty, but with any luck this concern will be well outweighed by the smile it can put on your face. Read more.Key points 3.8 / 5 Price £12,715 – £21,225 read review watch video Skoda Citigo hatchback The Skoda Citigo has been among our our Best First Car champions for a long while. As a complete package for first-time drivers, it’s near unbeatable and scores highly for the first-time buyer. Not only is it economical whichever of the modern petrol engines you go for, but some models also fall into insurance group one, meaning it’s one of the cheapest cars on the market to insure. We also reckon the Citigo is one of the more stylish cars in its class, and it’s pretty good fun to drive too. While the Citigo has the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii, it’s the cheapest of the three to buy and value for money is likely to be top priority for people buying a first car. Both the VW and SEAT are still well worthy of consideration, though, if you prefer their looks to the Citigo’s Read more.Key points 4.8 / 5 Price £8,635 – £11,590 read review watch video Hyundai i10 hatchback While South Korea has demonstrated that it makes mobile phones that are hard to beat, the Hyundai i10 says exactly the same thing about how good the country is at making small cars, too. The i10 is affordable to buy, very well equipped and offers the peace of mind that comes with a five-year warranty. Available only with five doors, it’s more practical than many rivals and your friends won’t feel too cooped up in the back. It’s pretty good to drive, too, as well as sharp to look at, while all the engines combine good fuel economy and decent performance: the 1.0-litre version is free to tax and returns 65.7mpg. Nipping at the heels of the Skoda Citigo, the i10 is our reigning Best City Car award winner – it actually managed the same overall score in our review as the Citigo. Read more.Key points 4.9 / 5 Price £9,540 – £13,760 read review watch video MINI hatchback The MINI is one of the most expensive cars on our list, but there’s no denying its desirability and upmarket image. It’s definitely a car people want rather than need, but backs this up by being a genuinely excellent choice and – if you can afford it – a great first car. It handles brilliantly (rivalling the Fiesta in this regard) and the retro-chic design has struck a chord with fashion-conscious buyers since MINI was relaunched in 2001. The retro theme continues inside, where you’ll find the famous over-sized central speedometer that now surrounds the car’s infotainment screen. On the downside, the three-door version isn’t particularly spacious inside; the rear seats are tricky to use and the boot is very small. The entry-level MINI One model is cheap to run, though – it can manage up to 60mpg and costs just £20 a year to tax. Engineered by BMW, the MINI also excels for build quality, with a durable feel inside and out. Read more.Key points 3.8 / 5 Price £14,620 – £22,050 read review watch video Toyota Aygo hatchback When the latest Toyota Aygo was released, the Japanese company wanted it to be clearly distinguished from the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107, with which it shares many parts. Dressing the Aygo with a striking X-shaped grille means it’s guaranteed to stand out from the crowd and it can be fitted with a range of customisable options, too. The current Aygo uses an updated version of the small three-cylinder engine that powered the previous model; it’s economical and even sounds good when you work it hard, which makes the smallest Toyota quite an enjoyable car to drive. Inside, the Aygo’s interior space is improved compared to the previous model and build quality has taken a turn for the better, too. Thanks to added sound deadening, the Aygo is a fairly quiet car on the motorway, too, and it can also be specced with an automated manual gearbox to make light work of stop-start urban traffic. As a final attraction, it benefits from Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty. Read more.Key points 3.6 / 5 Price £9,255 – £14,895 read review watch video Renault Twingo hatchback As a first car, the characterful and cute Renault Twingo has plenty to recommend it. Stylish design, plenty of space for four and a good-sized boot all mark it out. The most important factor, though, is that it’ll be very cheap to run. The entry-level 1.0-litre Expression version sits in insurance group two, while the more expensive and better equipped Play and Dynamique models are in group three. If you’re eager to ensure your car reflects your personality, the numerous customisation options for the Twingo will certainly appeal. There are plenty of things you can change inside, as well as a huge choice of stickers and bodywork bits for outside. With its engine fitted beneath the rear seats, the layout of the Twingo means it doesn’t offer the last word in driving precision – this is no hot hatchback, but it has light steering and a really tight turning circle, making it nimble in town and very easy to park. It’s also a very comfortable car for a driver and three friends to travel in. Read more.Key points 3.2 / 5 Price £9,875 – £14,115 read review watch video Vauxhall Adam hatchback When the Vauxhall Adam was introduced, it was very obvious that its designers were inspired by cars like the MINI and Fiat 500. Its core appeal is that there are so many permutations of colour, trim, accessories and options that you really can own an Adam to suit your taste, although the cost of these choices can quickly mount up. The Adam is a small car, smaller than the Vauxhall Corsa with which it shares its mechanical platform, and that rather restricts the amount of space in the back and in the boot. Sadly, it’s not the most entertaining car to drive, either, falling a long way short of the MINI and Fiesta, while it feels a little contrived next to the retro-inspired Fiat 500. None of the engines offers free road tax, either, and some models can be expensive to insure. Owners rate it highly for ride quality, in-car technology and ride quality, though. So if you like the looks, you’re advised to take a test drive. Read more.Key points 2.9 / 5 Price £12,880 – £19,725 read review watch video

Good Starter Cars

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Good Starter Cars
Good Starter Cars
Good Starter Cars
Good Starter Cars
Good Starter Cars

Good Starter Cars

Published on Mar 18, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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