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Top 5 first new cars


Top 5 first new cars

There’s an awful lot to consider when you’re choosing your first car. Naturally, it’s got to be stylish and fun, but it also needs to be cheap to buy and run, with low insurance groups, good fuel economy and high levels of safety.

Last, but not least, check the connectivity of your car. Bluetooth connectivity is becoming increasingly common on new cars these days, but systems like Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink allow even deeper integration. At RED we obviously favour the Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio but if you want a consider other cars, here’s five interesting choices that have been reviewed by our friends at Auto Trader.

Seat Ibiza – the connected one

Seat Ibiza

Not only does the Ibiza blend Volkswagen build quality with Latin style and the latest technology, it also has a chassis that gives sharp handling and lots of grip. The Connect model lets you integrate your smartphone, giving you access to some through the car’s touch-screen system; plus, you can find models that are average well over 69mpg and sit in very low insurance groups.

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Ford Fiesta – the top-selling one

Ford Fiesta, Dagenham. 20 March 2014 Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

Not without good reason is the Fiesta the best-selling car in Britain. As well as being a thoroughly good-looking little thing, it’s also one of the best-driving cars in its class, marrying a comfortable ride with agile handling. It’s spacious, too, so you can easily take a few friends out with you; and, because so many are sold, it’s not hard to find a bargain.

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VW Up – the high-class one

Volkswagen Up

The Up may be VW’s smallest car, but it has all the class and quality of its bigger brothers, as well as a maximum five-star safety rating and some low insurance group ratings. The tiny car is easy to thread through even the most congested city streets; and, when you escape the urban jungle, it has a wonderfully refined feeling to the way it drives.

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Dacia Sandero – the bargain one

Dacia Sandero

If you just want the most car for your money, look no further than the Sandero. For the price of a used car, you can buy a brand new car with a full warranty. There’s a decent specification, too – as long as you avoid the most basic model – and, although it doesn’t have the very latest technology, it’s certainly well built and feels very durable.

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Mini – the stylish one

Mini hatchback

Thanks to all the personalisation options, you can create a genuinely unique Mini, as well as getting something that’s great to drive. Admittedly, this doesn’t come cheap, and insurance costs can be quite high, but the car’s sheer desirability means strong residual values, so it will hold on to its value well while you own it.

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Top 5 first new cars