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Best used cars for learner drivers

Costs for new drivers are spiralling, so read our top 10 list of the best used cars for learners that are less than £10,000 and have group three insurance or lower...

Best used cars for learner drivers
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Max Adams
10 Oct 2019 06:00

Nobody should discriminate based on age, but it seems the odds are stacked against new drivers, especially the younger ones, from the start. Aside from the expensive of learning to drive and taking the test, it’s often the high costs of insurance that puts most teenagers off driving.

That’s where we can help (although not with the cost, sorry), because we’ve put together a list of the most affordable used city cars and small cars with low insurance groups. None on this list has an insurance group higher than three, making each perfect for a new driver. That way, you should be able to get a competitive quote for coverage. Plus, no entry on this shortlist will cost more than £10,000 to buy.

So read on to find out what's the best car for new drivers, counting down from the highest insurance group to the lowest. 


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10. Ford Ka+

Ford Ka+ 1.2 Zetec

The lesser-known Ford Ka+ may not be the belle of the small car ball, but it's one of the more spacious cars in the class in the rear. It’s also quite nice to drive, and the pre-facelift model has the slightly more refined four-cylinder engine, rather than the occasionally rough three-cylinder example in later ones. And while that engine maybe relatively large in capacity, it’s only in group three for insurance and manages 56.5mpg. 

We found: 2016 Ford Ka+ 1.2 Studio, 21,091 miles, £5495

Read the used Ford Ka+ review here


9. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa

Of course the Vauxhall Corsa was going to feature in a list of learners cars. Many reading this will either be taking their test, or have just passed it in one, due in no small part to the fact that the Corsa is so easy to drive. All the control weights are easy to get along with, visibility is good and running costs are low. Even though it has the largest engine on the list, it still manages 55.4mpg, and its competitive 74bhp means that it has group three insurance. The Energy example we found is loaded with kit, including a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Plus, it’s inexpensive, making it a very affordable set of wheels for newbies. 

We found: 2017 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Energy 5dr, 10,000 miles, £6495

Read the used Vauxhall Corsa review here


8. Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

Perhaps a bit cooler than the Corsa, the Seat Ibiza is an award-winning small car with a big boot and plenty of space for mates in the rear, plus it's nice to drive. You can still get a SE Technology example within our insurance group three limit, with all the equipment you’d expect and an intuitive 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system. Fuel economy can’t quite match some of the others here, at 57.6mpg, but then the Ibiza is one of the largest cars in its class.

We found: 2018 Seat Ibiza 1.0 SE Technology, 14,310 miles, £9490

Read the used Seat Ibiza review here


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