The Best Safe and Stylish Cars For New Drivers
Whether you’ve just passed your driving test or are looking for a fab first car for a new driver in your family, there are tonnes of options across the market. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some of the best cars currently on the market for new drivers, all designed with style and safety in mind.
Winner of the Top Gear Supermini of the Year Award 2017, there is no doubt that the Ford Fiesta is an excellent choice for new drivers. Its EcoBoost petrol engine is a game changer in the industry, delivering power and fuel-efficiency. New drivers should opt for the 1.0-litre version which now features a clever cylinder deactivation technology. This new feature stops one of the engine’s cylinders when it is not needed, reducing running costs (sure to please new drivers!).
The new B&O series comes equipped with a 10-speaker set up, delivering seamless acoustics throughout the vehicle, sure to tempt many young drivers! The Fiesta also comes with smart systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Information, which help keep you safe on the road.
The Citroen C1 is a great choice for new drivers. Its small size has been expertly designed to make it easy to manoeuvre and park in tight spaces. It offers a clever Active City Brake feature which automatically brakes if you get too close to the car in front. There is also a Lane Departure Warning system which tells you if you are straying over the allocated road lines. These safety features are optional but great for any drivers who have recently passed their test and want some extra peace of mind.
New drivers will also love the integrated hill-start assist feature. This holds the car steady for two seconds on slopes over 3% giving drivers extra time and confidence with tricky hill-starts.
Like the Citroen C1, the Seat Ibiza has been expertly crafted with the city in mind. Winner of ‘What Car? Car of the year 2018 – Best Small Car’ it offers all-around excellence. The Ibiza has a keyless system (no need to worry about losing your keys!), heated seats and handy rear-view camera making it easier than ever to reverse park. The glass display has an integrated navigation system and entertainment system, allowing you to link up your smartphone. You can not only call people hands-free, but you can also listen to text messages and play your favourite tracks from Spotify or Deezer.
A hugely popular choice among new drivers and it’s clear to see why. The Volkswagen Polo is a medium sized hatchback with 5 doors and 5 seats but still designed to be compact and easy to manoeuvre. They are renowned for their quality and holding their value, so you know you are making a great long-term investment. They offer a range of safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Breaking, Forward Collision Warning and Electronic Stability Control so new drivers will feel safe at the wheel.