My Granddaughter, who is 17, hopes to pass her driving test in the next couple of months and my wife and I are thinking of buying her a car. I seem to recall you mentioning in your column that a KIA Picanto is a good first car for a young driver. Could you please confirm this and advise of any other make/model that would be appropriate? Could you also confirm that the engine would need to be below 1,200cc for any insurance to be reasonable?

Asked on 13 February 2010 by V.G., Hindhead

Answered by Honest John
KIA Picantos, Hyundai i10s, Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygos, Suzuki Altos, Nissan Pixos and FIAT Panda 1.1 Ecos are all low insurance and generally cheap to tax and run.
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