Learning to drive is a skill that will give you independence to go where you want, when you want. It might seem daunting at first but there are ways to make learning to drive as painless as possible. Learning to drive in a car that is safe, comfortable and reliable will help you on your way to building your confidence on the roads.
We’ve put together a list of some of the top cars to learn to drive in, all of which have a 5-star Euro NCAP rating.
Peugeot 208 (2012)
Compact and Practical
The Peugeot 208 offers all the major controls in a simple, easy to use format that fall easily to hand. A 3 point turn, reversing around a corner and parallel parking are all manoeuvres you’re likely to be asked to do in your practical test. The small wheel and light steering means it’s easy to practice and complete these manoeuvres in this car. A small but comfortable car that offers a 5 star safety rating and is ideal for learning to drive in.
Ford Fiesta (2008)
Easy to drive, Easy to fix
The Ford Fiesta is popular amongst driving instructors and for good reason. This car has a reputation for being safe, reliable and easy to drive – not to mention if something does go wrong it’s often cheap to fix.
This car handles well and enables you to move smoothly up the gears as you get up to motorway speeds. It also comes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) which are useful when practising emergency stops.
Renault Clio (2005)
The Renault Clio is slightly bigger and more spacious than some of the other cars on this list. This car comes with side and curtain airbags and features such as emergency brake assist and electronic stability control. All of which have helped gain this car a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, meaning you can take to the road feeling secure.
This basic hatchback isn’t costly to run. After you’ve passed your test, if you decide to purchase this car, insurance and road tax would be less costly than heavier saloons.
Toyota Yaris (2005)
Good Value Insurance
Although compact on the outside the Toyota Yaris boasts plenty of space on the inside and is comfortable to drive. It has a fuel efficient, dependable engine and is well-known for its safety features. This nimble little car has the ability to turn in tight spaces making learning how to park much easier to deal with.
The Toyota Yaris handles well and is fuel efficient making it ideal for inner city driving. Due to the reliability and safety record of this car it can be relatively cheap to insure for learner drivers.
Volkswagen Polos have the reputation of exceptional build quality. This car is one of the most expensive on this list but has a frugal engine and an abundance of safety features. Along with a solid outer shell it has an automatic post-collision braking system, ABS system, EPS stability control and six air bags – if you have an accident, the Polo will look after you. The fuel economy of this car and low CO2 emissions make this car worth the extra spend.
Learning to drive in a car that you feel safe and comfortable in will make the experience more enjoyable. A car with simple controls and easy handling could also help you to learn more quickly. When you do pass your test, any of the above would make for an excellent first car.