All those expensive driving lessons paid off and you’ve finally passed your test. Now it’s time to invest in your first set of wheels. Your first car is your pride and joy; it gives you the means to go where you want, when you want and with whom you want, providing you with the greatest sense of freedom you’ve probably ever had.

However, as a first-time driver, you are more likely to make a claim on your car insurance than more experienced motorists. This means that your first car should be simple to maintain, drive and not cost a fortune, helping you to save big bucks on your car insurance.

We at Cuuver have compiled this list of some of the best cars young drivers can choose for their first run around. Here are our suggestions:

Vauxhall Adam
This hatchback is compact, efficient and comes in a wide range of colours, as well as a variety of trims and accessories to suit both sexes. Not the most exciting car to drive, but it is highly-rated by current owners for its ride quality and in-car technology. The small body makes it easy to slot into those tight parking spaces, as well as a simple vehicle for new drivers to negotiate their way around sharp corners and narrow lanes.

Suzuki Swift
Swift by name, swift by nature. It’s not a flashy car by any stretch of the imagination; the rather pathetic size of the Suzuki Swift’s boot has been commented upon by many reviewers and drivers alike, as has its rather ‘firm’ seats. However, it has received huge amounts of praise for driveability; this car fits a reversing camera to help new drivers avoid accidents and has fantastic forward visibility.

Peugeot 208
Capable of 65.7mpg, this car is perfect for new drivers. The streamlined design of the Peugeot 208 makes it a sophisticated sight to behold, both inside and out. Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ package provides owners with road tax, servicing and insurance for the first three years, making it a stylish and cost-effective first choice.

Ford Fiesta
Possibly one of the most famous family hatchbacks ever invented, the Ford Fiesta has been providing young drivers with a safe and reliable first car since 1976. The latest versions of the Ford Fiesta enable a variety of behavioural settings to be implemented, including a seatbelt reminder, speed limit – even a maximum volume limit on the stereo. The Fiesta is a cheap vehicle to run and offers a safe road experience, making it an ideal choice for young motorists.

Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the most popular choices for new drivers. With three and five-door versions available the Polo was voted European Car of the Year in 2010. Whether you are looking for a brand new car or a good second hand one, the VW Polo is one of the most common hatchbacks on the market.

This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.