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What's a good car for a first time driver?

My 18-year-old daughter has recently passed her test and Grandma has offered to buy her a second-hand car, up to 3 years old, with approx. up to 20,000 miles on the clock, and 4/5 doors . What would you recommend as a reliable and safe small car?

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I'd recommend a Kia Picanto. It's a reliable little car that represents excellent value for money - and a three-year-old example will have the remainder of its generous warranty remaining. Also look at a Suzuki Ignis or Swift, or a Ford Fiesta with the reliable 1.25-litre engine.
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Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder.
Distinctive styling. Affordable to buy. Low running costs. Available with all-wheel drive. Surprisingly spacious rear seats.
Surprisingly spacious cabin. Very good fun to drive. Affordable pricing.
 

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