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What are the Best Cars for a Teenager?

With a budget of £5,000

1y ago
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When you first start driving a car, it is often in a drab Corsa or Fiesta. But for that same money, you could have something much, much better. But to stop the insurance skyrocketing, there are a few rules:

No Convertibles

No Large Engines

VW Scirocco

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Credit - VW

The Scirocco looks cool and coupe, even though it's based on a Golf. It's the best of both worlds, because the insurance will be low but it will still look good. £5k will buy you a manual petrol 3-door with 65,000 miles, and this car looks particularly nice in green. It will be around a 2011 model, with tidy a 9 second 0-60 and a 4 seats + a large boot.

Ford Probe

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Credit - Motor1

The Ford Probe is a bit of a rarity, and examples are scarce, but if you can find one then you may as well go ahead and buy it. Like the Scirocco, you get a 4cyl 2.0 Petrol Engine propelling you to 60mph in 10.5 seconds up to 128mph, not bad for a 1996 car. The looks are what you would buy this car for though, it looks like a spaceship. Somehow it still looks modern, despite pop up headlights. Once again, you get 4 seats and a big boot, and the interior doesn't seem to have aged that badly.

Abarth Punto Evo

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Credit - Parkers

The Punto Evo was a high powered zippy hot hatch tuned by Abarth, and is available for under £5,000 in some cases. It has a tiny 1.4 litre engine, but squeezed to produce 165bhp and 0-60 in under 8 seconds, making it a properly fast hot hatch even today. What's more, it will be a modern car, around 2013.

Peugeot RCZ

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Credit - CarGuide

The RCZ was always an oddball, sort of like a french MX-5. And now it comes below the £5000 mark, with 2012 models available with 80,000 miles. This is the first diesel on the list, which will help with fuel costs, but it still has alright performance - 163bhp, 137mph, 8.7 seconds. Despite looks, it still has 4 seats and so can be justified as practical.

Saab 9-3

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Credit - Wikipedia

The final car on this list is probably the most sensible. A 2007 saloon, with a fairly small engine, 40,000 miles and 5 seats. This is definitely a worth while buy if it is a car that will be used for practical tasks, and because it's a Saab, it's massively over-engineered in every way.

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Comments (13)

  • As a teenager, your first car should be a loveable piece of shit with less than 100 hp.

    My first car was a loveable, worn down piece of shit with 95 hp. I loved that car more than anyone that followed it so far. Why less than 100 hp?

    If you're a teenager you're most likely an idiot. If you're a male teenager you are almost definitely an idiot. I know I was. Probably still am. If you're a teen, you don't want too much power to wreck yourself. You may not know it yet, but you will eventually. Chances are high you'll do stupid shit in your car as a teen.

      1 year ago
  • Alfa 147 twinspark. And another one for parts.

      1 year ago
  • Old is gold for young drivers insurance in the UK. I had a Peugeot 106 and a BMW 1-Series which both cost twice their worth in insurance.

    Bought an Austin Maestro; cheap insurance, cheap to run, reliable and you can get into car shows. If something does go wrong it's an A-Series engine so parts are available and cheap to buy. Plus its lightweight with a nice manual gearbox. Just keep your eyes out for rust and you're golden.

      1 year ago
  • WhErE iS ThE MiAtA?!?

      1 year ago
  • Depends really, if your want an old reliable daily driver, any Honda is my choice, but if you’re a serious car enthusiast, you can buy an MX-5, or with a higher budget, a cheap classic project car to work on. EX: MGB or first Gen Ford

    Mustang. (I’m wanting to work on a classic car)

      1 year ago
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