There is a big difference between the perfect first car and a dream first car. A dream first car is a 6.3 litre V12 powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It has 730 brake horsepower, a top speed of 211 mph, a six figure price tag, and is a supercar worth buying a poster of. As a first car however, the Berlinetta is a much better as a fantasy rather than a reality. It is impossible to insure, impossible to afford, and – most importantly – impossible for someone with a restricted license to actually drive.
The perfect first car is in fact, the antithesis of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Below is a list of the features which make up the perfect first car.
Imagine being 18-years-old and attempting your first bay park since you passed your test in a Volvo XC90. Paint from every car within 50 feet would find its way onto the doors and bumpers of your new SUV.
The same manoeuvre would be much easier in a hatchback. Small hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo or the new Vauxhall Corsa, are the ideal size for a first car. They are exceptionally easy to manoeuvre into parking spaces, or through narrow roads, when you are not yet wholly confident in your abilities as a driver.
Cheap to buy
According to the Transport Research Laboratory, teenagers are described as being “overrepresented in road collisions in Great Britain”. Due to this, it may be a good idea to buy a relatively cheap first car. It is important to ensure that, if you crash your first car, it will not cost you a small fortune to replace it.
Cheap to insure
Car insurance has become a major problem for young drivers looking to get on the road after they pass their driving test. Before purchasing a car, ensure that you are aware of how much it will cost to insure it. Take a look at 1.0 litre cars when you are choosing your first car. Small engine cars such as the Hyundai i10 and the SEAT Mii are incredibly cheap to insure for first year drivers, and have enough power to allow you to comfortably drive on a motorway.
A first car is a car that must be able to take all of the punishment that a newly licensed driver can dish out. In particular, the clutch and gearbox of a first car must be able to endure almost constant abuse from its user. Be aware of the fact that you need a durable car to withstand your early flaws as a driver, and buy a car accordingly.
Your first car is not going to be as cool as an Aston Martin DB5 or a Jaguar E-Type, but there a plenty of beautifully designed cheap cars that would make for cool first cars. In terms of its appearance, the standout hatchback is undoubtedly the Fiat 500. It is a brilliant and tasteful modernisation of the 1960s Fiat 500 D, and is available in any colour imaginable.