When pulling together our guide to the best small cars for young drivers in 2019, we went beyond the cost of leasing the car itself and considered insurance costs, fuel costs, safety ratings and style. With all that in mind, the above cars came out as our top 3. There is a lot of choice out there for young drivers, so hopefully this will help you narrow down your options somewhat and help you decide what it is that you’re looking for in a car.
For young drivers, one of the top considerations is always going to be the cost of car insurance. As a group, they face some of the highest insurance costs in the UK. We’ve taken this concern into account when creating our guide to the best small cars for young drivers in 2019, and focused only on vehicles in the lowest insurance groups. Not familiar with insurance groups? Put simply, every car in the UK is put in an insurance band with each group numbered 1 to 50. The lower the insurance group, the cheaper the insurance. All the cars listed below fall into the lower insurance groups, single numbers, making them a suitable option for young drivers.
Without further ado, and in no particular order...
The UK’s best-selling car in 2018, the Ford Fiesta is certainly still one of the best small cars for young drivers in 2019. As well as being rather stylish in appearance, the Ford Fiesta also boasts a whole raft of technological and safety features. Young drivers will be reassured to know that the Ford Fiesta boasts a full 5 star safety rating from the Euro NCAP, whilst also being thrilled by the SYNC voice activated system that allows them to easily change the music and make phone calls. In addition, the car is spacious enough for road trips with friends.
For parents looking to share a car with young drivers, the Ford Fiesta’s MyKey feature might sway their decision. Each car comes with multiple keys, some of which work as normal and others which are restricted. For example, when the car is driven using a restricted key, the driver will have less control over the maximum speed of the car and the audio volume, and will be prompted to use their seatbelt.
Is there any car more synonymous with young drivers than the Vauxhall Corsa? A firm favourite, a lot of its appeal lies in its cheap running costs and insurance. More recent models offer an excellent level of technology, including a 7 inch touchscreen which can be synced with smartphones, allowing for easy audio and navigation control on the go. Its small size is ideal for urban driving but it remains spacious and comfortable inside. From a safety perspective, the Vauxhall Corsa received 4 stars from the Euro NCAP and boasts 6 airbags and hill-start assist. More environmentally conscious and efficient engines are available.
If it’s style you’re after, look no further than the Fiat 500. It’s incredibly distinctive retro design with that almost bubble look, is certain to turn heads, at a cheaper price than a Mini or Beetle. A young driver can customise colours to their heart’s content. Looking to the financials, the Fiat 500 is still an excellent choice for young drivers in 2019 as it is one of the cheapest to insure cars currently available. It’s compact nature and light steering makes it excellent for city use and could make it the perfect car for young drivers nervous about parking.
If you enjoyed our guide to the best small cars for young drivers in 2019, or would like to learn more about how young people can benefit from car leasing, get in touch on 0203 854 0344 or request a free quote.
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