Top 3 cars for new drivers in 2014


May 21, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 22, 2015

So, you’re a new driver, or aparent of a new driver looking for an article which is going to spill the beans on what you should buy your loved one. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s the top 3 cars for new drivers in 2014.

3. Citroen DS3

The Citroen DS3 is the most charming car on our list. It looks fantastic and although it’s a few years old now, it still feels up to date inside. Prices for this car start from £12,495 and go up to £21,650. For new drivers in 2014, the model I recommend is the 1.6 e-HDI Airdream DStyle, which costs £15,570.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine in this car will return up to 76.3 miles per gallon with a CO2 rating of just 95 g/km, which qualifies it for free road tax. Standard equipment with DStyle trim includes air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and split/fold seats. The DS3 is also the most customisable car on our list, and there’s many different paint schemes and trim schemes to choose from.

2. Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta was the bestselling car in the UK in 2013 and for good reason – it’s safe, economical, fun to drive, cheap to insure, and depending on the spec, well equipped. Prices for the Fiesta start from £9,995 and go up to £18,245. For new drivers in 2014, the model I recommend is the 1.5 TDCi Zetec, which has an on-the-road price of £14,445 and merges equipment and economy perfectly.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine in this car is the latest in the range. It has class-leading economy, with up to 76.4 miles per gallon and free annual tax thanks to the 98 g/km CO2 rating, and Zetec trim has a good level of equipment, including air conditioning, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and split/fold seats.

1. Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz might not be the coolest car on the block, but it’s the most reliable car on our list today and it’s also one of the safest. Prices start from £11,695 and go up to £20,245. For new drivers in 2014, the model I recommend is the mid-range 1.2 i-VTEC SE-T, which is economical and well equipped.

This car has a small but perky 1.2-litre petrol engine that will return up to 53.3 miles per gallon, and it has a CO2 rating of 123 g/km, which translates to annual road tax of £105. Standard equipment on this model includes climate control, electric heated mirrors, Bluetooth and iPod / MP3 connectivity. Safety wise, you get an immobiliser, central locking, remote locking, and a unique fit stereo.

The Honda Jazz is available from Honda Jazz Newcastle. If you want good deals on used Honda, Vertu Honda is a great place to look.

Overall

The Honda is the most reliable car, the Ford the most fun car, and the Citroen the best equipped car. If you are looking for the best all rounder, go for the Honda Jazz.