Best Cars For A First Time Driver In 2016

Posted on Feb 17 2016 - 9:26am by Editor

So you’ve passed the test, possibly with flying colours, and now you’re ready to hit the road. But wait, first you need to choose your first car. It’s an important decision and there a few choices you’ll need to make straight off the bat. For instance, you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to buy one that is pre-owned or brand new. If you buy one that is brand new then you can rest easy knowing that there won’t be any underlying problems. But you’re looking at a hefty price tag for that particular benefit. It’s one of the reasons why most first-time buyers choose a second hand car because they’re typically quite young. They don’t have the cash to spend thousands on a vehicle. So let’s look at some of the best cars for the first time buyer on the market.

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The golf is the first car that we’ll take around the track to see how it runs. We think any first time buyer would be pleased with this pick. It’s got a great engine beneath the hood and more than enough power to keep things interesting. It’s also a stylish choice and always appears in the top ten hot hatchback lists. Another significant advantage is that in it’s league it’s one of the cheapest cars to insure. You won’t have to worry about any pesky costs down the road. A new Volkswagen Golf would probably cost somewhere just under ten grand. If you buy one second hand you could easily shave a few thousand off that price.  But you do have to be careful. These cars attract young racers so you’ll need to be wary of that when buying from a private owner.


Alternately, you could pick up a wonderful Mini Cooper. This choice is easily one of the most expensive cars for the first time driver on our list. It’s certainly not going to be the ideal choice for those with a low budget. However, if you’ve got the cash you’re going to have some great fun with this one. The Mini runs like a race car and you’ll love the way it feels going around the corner. It’s also a reliable machine so you shouldn’t expect to see it in the shop too often. Prices vary but you’re probably looking at something close to a low range sports car. You might be better off just spending your money on a high performance vehicle.

Mitsubishi Colt

Our final choice would be the Mitsubishi Colt. The car isn’t much of a looker but for practicality and reliability, you can’t do much better. With a small engine the car doesn’t attract racers. So, if you buy this one second hand you can probably guarantee the previous owner was sensible driver. While the drive won’t be filled with fun it will get you from A to B quite nicely. It’s a lovely little car and while it doesn’t pack the wallop of the other two it has a lower price tag.