You did it! You passed your driver’s! And now you’re considering what to actually use it with. (Or you haven’t passed it yet, but you are the optimistic, chipper sort and are confident in either your abilities as a driver or in the moral standards of the tester.)
Now it is finally time to determine what a good first vehicle is. Presuming you have some cash or are in a position to finance it through a financial institution, we’ve got some options for you. You can even download our app and see if you can find the right vehicle using it.
Here are our picks:
Provided you don’t get an ancient 1988 model, the more recent iterations will hold up to the test of time. These cars are known for going the distance when it comes to longevity. And they can handle a bit of rough driving. You know what we mean… going over speed bumps a little too fast, taking corners too sharply, (ILLEGALLY) speeding, etc. They can take the abuse. Not that we advocate bad driving, it’s just that your first few years of driving are essentially you honing your motor skills, coordination, and reflexes.
Eventually, driving will become second-nature, but the first few years can be (even if you don’t feel like it at the time) more clumsy. You want a reliable car that can handle misjudging the speed you can go over a speed bump (as mentioned above). Corollas are also reliable, and should give you little trouble as you get your “sea legs”.
Pros: Reliable, good value for money, one of the easiest cars to start one’s driving career with.
Cons: Aren’t the sexiest creatures on the block, older ones lack funtastic features, eventually won’t keep going right.
Initially, this brand of Golf genus was called the ‘Playa’. It always had the young, newish driver vibe at heart. It is trickier than a Japanese car to drive, so this is might take a bit of getting used to. Slow drives initially are recommended for beginners. But for those more confident in their newfound abilities, they’ll find the Polo packs a punch that is far above its weight class. And they tend to be reasonably priced, too. Don’t get one more than five generations old, though. They don’t have the lifespan of Corollas and they’re a bit more fragile. But they’re good for young drivers keen to jump into driving and accelerate (pun intended) their motor skills.
Pros: Saucy little devils, excellent value for money, more power than you’d think, gets you into the swing of driving if you’re a naturally good driver, have great features.
Cons: Can’t handle bad handling as well as Corollas, trickier for complete novices, temptation to drive badly, much older models can have clutch-pedal problems.
Whoah, look at us, Mr (or Miss) Fancy Pants. Well, if you insist on your first car being top-tier luxury, then Mercedes is the way to go. They’re relatively easy to drive, just be careful of all that extra power that comes with it. Like Spidey’s uncle said: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” The advantage of a car like this is the safety features. Many will help young drivers, such as Lane Assist for instance. And although it is a sad fact, young drivers have a much higher rate of accidents… precisely because they’re still learning to drive until it’s second nature. In fact, the rate is very high below the age of 25. BUT if you are in an accident, provided it isn’t with a truck carrying napalm, you should be relatively unscathed.
Pros: Luxury, relatively easy to drive for a German car for beginners, safety features packed to the brim.
Con: Temptation to use extra power for evil (like speeding). Price.