Kiddies car

Our 17-year-old son is learning to drive. Can you recommend a good second hand manual car with a budget of about £4k? He wants something with credibility, we want something that is as safe as possible.

Asked on 23 January 2010 by D.S., London SW15

Answered by Honest John
Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 or Toyota Aygo. Group 1 insurance and generally cheap to tax and run. 5 star NCAP safety rating for crashes with same size vehicles. When you're facing an insurance premium of £2,000 + pa he can forget about cred.
Similar questions
I am a 56-year-old mum with full no-claims. I am planning to buy a smallish Fiesta-size car either new or used, which my 17 year old son can practise on while learning, and can drive as an occasional user...
I have a friend who plans to start to drive but she is not a teenager. What would you recommend as a first car, to be cheap to buy and insure? A used car is in mind as budget is limited.
My uncle who is a car salesman recommended this site for someone who knows very little about how to acquire the cheapest insurance and car for my age (17). I'm just looking for overall advice on getting...
Related models
Cheap to run. Group 1 insurance. 60mpg. handles well. Low list prices. Good Euro NCAP score. 2012 model emits just 99g/km CO2.
Cheap to run. Economical and perky 1.0-litre engine. Fun to drive. Decent cabin room. Ideal first car. 2012 model emits 99g/km CO2.
Low road tax and insurance. Averages a claimed 60mpg. Cheap to run and drives decently. 99g/km CO2 from 2012.

Value my car