Buying a small, first car - what would you recommend?

My daughter is doing her driving test and the cars she is looking at are the Fiat 500, Ford Ka, Toyota Aygo and Renault Clio? Are any of these good? I need it to be reliable for going to university. I don't mind about the age but would prefer a newish car up to about £5000.

Asked on 30 April 2017 by Steve williams

Answered by Honest John
All a bit different. A Fiat 500 is the cutest looking and has the best front seats. A used Ford Ka is the same thing as a Fiat 500, but cheaper and with a Ford body (a new Ford Ka + is Fiesta based and completely different). A Toyota Aygo is great looking, cheap to insure, very reliable and comes with a five year warranty. A current model Renault Clio is a class above. More expensive, but covered by a four year warranty from new. As a first car, a Toyota Aygo.
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