The Perfect Cars for First Time Drivers

Choosing your first car is a rite of passage, but with it comes a very mixed bag of recommendations from family, friends, car-sales men and even the local Postie! 

When it comes to making the right decision, in-car entertainment and personalization are certainly desirable, but it often comes down to the hard-brass tax, such as the cost of fuel, insurance, and road tax. In fact, for many new drivers, particularly young drivers, the cost of insurance can be more of a concern than the price of the car.

If the model on your first-car shortlist isn’t available with at a great deal, you’ll need to balance various manufacturer and dealer discounts with cheap insurance costs.

But now there’s even more choice on the Isle of Man, with the option to lease your first car!

We’ve put together a list of our favorite new cars for first-time drivers. They’re cheap to lease and cheap to run. But that doesn’t mean they’re dull; these cars all offer scope for customization, driver enjoyment, styling, and desirability.

1. The Skoda Citigo
Starting at just £135.25 per month!

The Skoda Citigo is among our top choice for First Cars. As a complete package for first-time drivers, it’s near unbeatable and scores highly for the first-time driver. Not only is it economical, but some models also fall into insurance group one, meaning it’s one of the cheapest cars on the market to insure. We personally think the Citigo is one of the more stylish cars in its class, and it’s pretty good fun to drive too.  

2. The Peugeot 108
Starting at just £147.37 per month!

Dubbed the small-city car, you’ll have no problem negotiating the tight streets of Peel in this car! This car is certainly great to look at, both inside and out, it’s also a very comfortable car and comes with plenty of standard equipment.

3. Hyundai i10 hatchback
Starting at just £135.12 per month!

The i10 is affordable to buy, very well equipped and super cheap to insure. Available only with five doors, it’s more practical than many rivals and your friends won’t feel too cooped up in the back. It’s pretty good to drive, too, as well as sharp to look at.

4. The Citroen C1
Starting from just £148.22 per month!

The Citroen C1 makes it onto our list for a number of stand-out reasons. Firstly, it’s a characterful and fun car to look at and to drive; and secondly, it’s extremely well priced. 

The C1 shares its mechanical structure with the Peugeot 108 and all models have an MP3-compatible stereo, have a sleek trim and have air-conditioning. 

5. Vauxhall Adam
Starting from just £152.72 per month!

Smaller than the Vauxhall Corsa with which it shares its mechanical platform, the Vauxhall Adam’s core appeal is that there are so many permutations of color, trim, accessories and options that you really can own an Adam to suit your taste.

It’s obvious to see that its designers were inspired by cars like the MINI and Fiat 500. Although it’s not the most entertaining car to drive, owners rate it highly for ride quality and in-car technology. 


With vehicle leasing now available on the Isle of Man, driving a new car is more affordable and flexible than ever before and could even save you money in the long-term.

This prospect is enhanced by added manufacturer discounts, fixed-price servicing plans and other attractive benefits available with many models on a lease. With an option to include servicing and maintenance packages, you stand to save even more.

Whether you are looking for your first car, or you’re looking to get your child their first car to learn in, contact Rex Leasing today to find out more, and you could soon be driving away in a safe, reliable, high-tech, cost-effective brand-new car that you can keep for a few years and hand back once you’re ready to upgrade.  

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