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For First-Time Drivers: The 4 Most Affordable Small Cars

The cost of driving is continuing to increase for young motorists, with those in Northern Ireland having seen their insurance premiums rise by 8% in the last year.

With this in mind, it is important that young or newly-qualified drivers take the proactive step of carefully selecting their cars, in order to reduce costs and achieve their goal of hitting the road at more competitive prices.

In this post, we will compare the four most affordable cars for drivers and explore their benefits in detail:

1. The Ford KA

Ford KA

Arguably the ideal first car, the Ford KA is a petrol vehicle with a functional but economical engine that offers excellent value. A compact car with excellent handling, it is also ideal for those who have newly-qualified and are looking to get to grips with the open road.

You can take a look at our incredibly economical 2010 Ford KA here, which can do 119 g/km and is exceptionally affordable to run. This is one of the most important considerations for younger drivers, who often have less disposable income than more experienced motorists.

2. The Peugeot 107

Peugeot 107

In terms of economy, the Peugeot 107 is probably your best option as a new driver.

Boasting a Co2 rating of 103 g/km and exceptionally smooth to drive, this modest but compact car offers everything that an inexperienced motorist could possible want.

The 2011 Peugeot 107, which is only £20 Road Tax a year, can be purchased, driven and maintained for next to nothing, allowing new drivers to focus on getting from A to B in their new cars.

3. The Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

Next up is the Chevrolet Spark, which shares a similarly compact design and is available in array of alternative colours.

A petrol car with an eye-catching design, the Chevrolet Spark also boasts tremendous economy and is deceptively easy to drive. With a Co2 rating of 119 g/km and available with £30 road tax a year, it is cost-effective to run and can deliver a delightful driving experience for both new and experienced drivers.

This certainly deserves to be near the top of our list, if only for the engaging range of colour choices available with the model!

4. The GL Suzuki Shift

Suzuki Shift

Finally, we have the 1.3 GL Suzuki Shift, which has managed to overcome concerns about its style and design to deliver superb efficiency..

From a pure economy perspective, the 1.3 GL Suzuki Shift can do in excess of 50 (50.4) mpg, making it capable of providing an affordable ride for drivers.

For those in the market for a respectable performance, this model can also go from 0 to 60 in an estimated 10.6 seconds, which is not to be sniffed it for an affordable economy car.