Parents are under enormous pressure to not only provide safe and reliable transport for their children, but a car that is affordable and desirable too. “Managing your child’s expectations is a big part of the process” comments Angelique Lynch, AutoTrader Marketing Director. “Parents today have to guide the decision-making process properly, before stepping foot onto the dealership floor”, she comments.
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“Buying a car for a first-time driver today, is not quite the same process as parents would’ve experienced back in their ‘days’, ” Lynch points out. “Most first-time buyers 30 to 40 years ago would’ve been limited in choice to the cars presented to them on the showroom floor that their parents took them to. Any news of a new launch would’ve been shared by the savvy salesman,” she continues.
“Today, thanks to the enormous amount of information available via the touch of a smartphone, many young adults know more about cars than their parents do”, she points out.
Here Lynch compiles a list of well-known and good first-time cars, alongside new launches due at the end of the year.
“Good options are always the Volkswagen Polo or Polo Vivo, the Toyota Aygo, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra, and Suzuki Swift, as well as the Suzuki Celerio”, comments Lynch. “These vehicles are all safe, economical and relatively affordable”, she points out. “New launches you’ll want to know about include the new Renault Duster which comes out towards the end of the year, and the new Datsun GO”.
A reputable source has disclosed that from November 2018, the Datsun GO will be gaining ABS and will have two airbags as standard. Its frugal 1.2-litre engine sips 5.2 litres of fuel per 100 km/h (according to the manufacturer), and it carries an affordable price tag.
The new Renault Duster is available in either 4×2 or 4×4 guise. The 1.5-litre diesel engine offers good fuel consumption of just 4.8 litres/100 km (according to Renault).
“If you’re looking for a higher-priced new vehicle with all the green credentials, you’ll want to know about the Nissan LEAF”, Lynch suggests.
The Nissan Leaf won Best Electric Car at the Whatcar? 2018 awards and it is the world’s best-selling electric car. “It’s a more expensive option, but it’s cheap to run, and kinder to the environment, of course”, Lynch points out. The all-new Leaf is rumoured to have a bigger battery, a more powerful motor and an extended range. Nissan is still to announce the launch date in South Africa.
Irrespective of which vehicle is selected, first-time drivers are urged to consider taking an advanced driving skills course. “Getting your driver’s licence is step one. Step two should be to develop your safe driving skills further”, Lynch concludes.
Pricing for the top 10 cars listed:
Datsun GO. To be launched
Ford Fiesta. Starting price of R 261 900 for the 1.0T Trend.
Nissan Leaf. To be launched.
Nissan Micra. Starting price of R 233 500 for the 66kW turbo Visia.
Renault Duster. Starting price of R 246 900 for the 1.6 Expression.
Suzuki Celerio. Starting price of R 138 500 for the 1.0 GA.
Suzuki Swift. Starting price of R 159 900 for the 1.2 GA.
Toyota Aygo. Starting price of R 166 800 for the 1.0.
Volkswagen Polo. Starting price of R 209 500 for the sedan 1.4 Trendline.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo. Starting price of R 182 200 for the hatch 1.4 Trendline.