When was the last time you laughed out aloud when driving? And no, listening to comedy on the radio doesn’t count. As cars get larger and safer, and their engines become whisper quiet and cabins are lavished with creature comforts, the simple pleasure of driving for driving’s sake is slowly but surely disappearing like a tyre losing its air pressure.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. There are still some cars that can put a smile on your face like the best punchlines. And you don’t have to shell out a small fortune on the likes of a Ferrari or Porsche to have a good time behind the wheel.
The Suzuki Swift Sport, Citroen DS 3 and Ford Fiesta ST are cheap small cars that are a hoot to drive. You can snap them up for under £7,000 and there’s plenty of choice. So what are you waiting for? Let’s have some fun…
The coolest small fun car: used Citroën DS 3
Tom Daley chose the Mini One after passing his driving test, aged 17, in 2011 (Picture © Mini)
No matter whether you’re a newly qualified 17-year old driver or a little older and only just taking to the road, choosing the best car as a first-time driver is a big step.
Spending a few hundred pounds on an old runaround can be tempting. But remember, reliability may not be guaranteed and they may not be as good to drive or as safe in an accident as more modern cars. That’s why we’ve set the bar at £5000; it affords first time drivers a relatively new and safe car with all mod cons.
Superminis are the Swiss Army penknives of cars (Picture © Ford)
The most popular type of car in Britain is the supermini. It’s hardly surprising: they’re the Swiss Army penknife of cars, fulfilling most drivers’ everyday needs. Each year, hundreds of thousands of these small cars are sold new, as drivers vote with their wallets and pick a car that’s going to be affordable to buy, economical to run and safe, stylish and sufficiently practical to adapt to their demanding lifestyles.
It means that used car buyers with a budget of around £8000 and a burning desire to bag themselves a tidy hatchback are spoilt for choice. Here are three of the most stylish, best value and reliable superminis that car buyers should put on their shortlist and test drive in 2016.