What's the best car for a new driver?

My daughter has recently passed her driving test and I would like some advice on the best first car for a young driver. My maximum budget is £5000. The car will be primarily used for travelling to and from work on country/town roads. Would you recommend going for car insurance that insist on black boxes being installed.

Asked on 11 December 2018 by Jayne Padgett

Answered by Andrew Brady
Finding an insurance company that doesn't insist on black boxes for young drivers might be difficult and costly. In terms of the car, we'd recommend a Ford Fiesta with the 1.25-litre petrol engine. It's a very reliable engine and not very powerful, so insurance shouldn't be too expensive. There are loads about which helps with finding a good one, too.
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