W​hat in your opinion is the best first car?

Y​es it's hypothetical

6w ago

I​'m just gonna make clear that this car wouldn't be for me. Not for anyone. Just out of interest.

P​icture this: A kid has just graduated from college and has a job with decent pay. He wants to spend £10,000, no more, on his first car. He wants it to drive nicely, be low on tax and running costs and be relatively practical. What would you recommend?

H​ere's what I would go with: www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202006200321571?make=FORD&include-delivery-option=on&aggregatedTrim=ST-3&model=FIESTA&radius=1500&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=Used&sort=price-asc&postcode=hp135qp&advertising-location=at_cars&page=1

L​ow insurance, great to drive, practical as a hatchback too. It's well equipped as it's the ST-3 version and it's well under budget!

(​PS it can't be an MX-5 because then it would be the same answer again and again and even though that defeats the point of the question, I don't want "Miata" as the only comment I can see for years).

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Comments (71)

  • Miata, get them hooked early

      1 month ago
  • Anything that is manual transmission

      1 month ago
  • 1998 Honda City!!

      1 month ago
  • You want something very cheap that you don’t mind crashing as a first car. Take that £10k budget and divide it by 10. Peugeot 206 is what I vote for. Insurance is cheap, you can get a good one for like £350, they have an excellent chassis, excellent gear change and revvy engines. They’re also quite reliable (the 1.4 litre has head gasket problems but otherwise is the perfect choice). The only problem is the tax is quite high

      1 month ago
    • but I don't want to crash. 😨 I'm a cautious person

        1 month ago
    • You won’t crash! But if you scrape a wall then you won’t care too much

        1 month ago
  • 2007 Chevy Cobalt. Cheap, reliable, and fun.

      1 month ago
    • You can get a decent SS for less than 5k for sure. And it's a Cobalt so it's not a loss when someone backs into it or you graze a pole or something.

        1 month ago