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7 Best Cars For First Time Drivers

As a first time or novice driver, you may be considering buying your own car to drive around.

Whether you want the freedom of having your own car or you’re trying to avoid the terrified look in your parents’ eyes as you drive their car around, it is good to know that there are a number of great second hand cars on the market to suit your needs and fit your budget.

To help you focus your search for your new car, we have put together a list of the top seven best second hand cars on the market that are both affordable and safe.

Hyundai i30 (2011-2015)

Car Type: Small Car / Hatch

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: For a small car, the Hyundai i30 certainly packs a punch with great fuel economy, a sleek and trendy exterior, surprisingly spacious interior and tech inclusions such as satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

The various i30 models between 2011-2015 are all great on fuel consumption and overall the i30 is definitely one of the best second hand cars available on the market.

Toyota Corolla (2014-2017)

Car Type: Small Car / Sedan

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: The Toyota Corolla is another long-time favourite small car, with the 2014 model signalling an enhancement to the driving experience with tech connectivity upgrades, plenty of space, great fuel economy, LED headlamps and a number of other drawcards.

Corolla owners sing praises about the reliability and safety of the car, noting that it is a good value, zippy little car that is low maintenance.

Mazda 2 (2015-2018)

Car Type: Light Car / Hatch & Sedan Options

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: Since its release, the Mazda 2 has been one of the top three light cars sold in Australia. Thanks to its modern looks, low price, fuel efficiency and safety, the Mazda 2 is a great option for novice drivers wanting an economical yet stylish small car.

Mazda 3 (2012-2015)

Car Type: Small Car / Hatch

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: Featuring a sporty look and feel, 5-star safety rating, roomy interior and an affordable price, the Mazda 3 is another favourite small car for new drivers. The drive is smooth and comfortable, with cruise control, dual zone air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and satnav display in some models.

Honda CR-V (2011-2014)

Car Type: Medium SUV

Safety Rating: 4-5 stars depending on year

Highlights: For those looking at a larger, more spacious car as a first car, the Honda CR-V is the perfect choice. The model is practical and comfortable that could be a great car choice for a young family.

The CR-V boasts excellent fuel economy, spacious interior and boot, reverse camera, Bluetooth connectivity and more.

Honda Jazz (2012-2015)

Car Type: Small Car / Light Car / Hybrid

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: The Honda Jazz is an incredibly zippy little car that has everything you need in a first car – fuel efficiency, Bluetooth system, USB audio connection, practical layout and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

The engine size will depend on which model you opt for and if you’re interested in a hybrid car, there is also a Jazz Hybrid that might be up your alley.

Volkswagen Polo (2011-2016)

Car Type: Small Car / Hatch

Safety Rating: 5-stars

Highlights: This generation of the Polo launched in 2010 and in the years following, it continued to prove itself as the best car in its class – it was even voted the 2010 World Car of the Year!

An impressive exterior appearance matches the almost faultless transmission and quality interior finish of the Polo. Overall, when it comes to appreciating performance, economy, ride and handling, the Volkswagen Polo is a brilliant pick.

How Tony Lahood Motors Can Help You Find Your First Car!

Reading all about your first car is one thing, but it is another thing entirely to sit in the drivers seat and experience a car for yourself.

At Tony Lahood Motors, we stock a huge range of the best second hand cars under $10,000, so you know that you’ll find a good quality used car within your budget.

Head on down to our Lidcombe or Croydon yard today to chat to one of our team about your dream first car.