Purchasing your first car is an exciting time, but it’s equally as challenging and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with balancing practicality and affordability. With so many models and brands to choose from, where do you start?
We’ve put together a list of our personal top picks to help you get started!
The SEAT Ibiza is easily one of the best superminis on the market. With stylish looks and plenty of technology as standard, it’s the perfect fit for anyone who likes the stay connected! Apple Carplay and Android Auto come as standard so you can stream your own music, make and receive calls and you’ll never miss that important text message! Alongside superb connectivity, the Ibiza is packed with safety features including a 5* NCAP rating, hill hold control and front assist to avoid low speed accidents, so you can be sure you’re safe behind the wheel. The new SEAT Ibiza has a starting price of £17,995 which can be broken down into affordable monthly payments.
The PEUGEOT 208 is Europe’s best-selling car of 2022 and it’s not hard to see why! Whether you opt for brand new or used, this car delivers the looks, the practicality and the image we would all want from our first car. The Peugeot 208 is incredibly economical – cheap to run and cheap to insure. You can achieve a real world mpg of up to 53.6mpg! If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option, the 208 is also available fully electric with a pure electric range up to 224 miles, not bad from a small city car! Like the SEAT Ibiza, the PEUGEOT 208 is packed full of technology creating fantastic value for money. As standard across the range, you can expect air conditioning, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers all part of the package. The starting price on a brand new 208 is £20,360 or you could opt for one of our SPOTiCAR Approved Used cars!
The Toyota Yaris is by far the most economical of all of our picks and was named Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year 2022 by Auto Express – you can achieve a realistic fuel economy up to 68.8mpg! The CO2 emissions are low so if you live in a built-up area and are worried about added congestion charges, the Yaris sits below 112g/km. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are standard across the range to stay connected to the outside world so you never miss a beat. What’s more, you can get up to 10 years warranty if the car is maintained by your local Snows Toyota dealer – fantastic value for money! The starting price of a Yaris is £22,125 and is available in 4 models from the entry model Icon to the sporty GR Sport!
It was only right to include the Vauxhall Corsa in our top picks, there must be a reason it’s the UK’s best selling supermini of all time! Vauxhall are masters of providing engine and trim choices that fit every budget and requirement. It’s practical, with plenty of boot space and storage solutions, but also incredibly fun to drive! The zippy engines are small but punchy, providing a great driving experience but keeping the running costs to a minimum. The Corsa comes with an option to go fully electric if you wish with a pure electric range up to 222 miles! If you opt for a brand new car, the Corsa has a starting price of £18,070 which can be split into flexible monthly payments. We also have a huge range of Approved Used SPOTiCAR vehicles to tick every box and budget!
Last and certainly not least is the infamous Kia Picanto! The Picanto is a small city car that has been around since 2003 and has consistently outperformed its rivals ever since! The Kia Picanto is a perfect blend of practicality and reliability; it’s easy to drive, has a spacious interior and is incredibly cheap to run thanks to excellent fuel economy and low insurance banding. The ‘Smartstream’ petrol engines increase efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The best thing about the Picanto, in our opinion, is the customisation. There’s a choice of 10 vibrant paint finishes to choose from and two new aluminium alloy wheel styles; the possibilities are almost endless! The Picanto is the most affordable of our top picks and starts from just £13,415!
Your local Snows dealership and their expert sales teams are on hand to provide advice on the model line up and flexible funding methods to make purchasing your dream car even easier than you thought!