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You should have a good view out, with controls that come close to hand so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
Cars with automatic gearboxes are the easiest to drive but if you learn to drive and pass your test in an automatic car then you can only ever drive an automatic car. You won’t be able to legally drive a car with a manual gearbox, which may restrict your choices years after you pass your test. So a good first car with a manual gearbox could be the way to go – and here, again, the gearshift should fall easy to hand and have clear movement so you don’t get lost between gears as you change.
If you are a 17 year old learning to drive then a good first car will be a car with a small engine. This will be cheaper to insure than more powerful cars and will be cheaper to fuel. If you are a parent buying a first car for a teenager you will want to be sure the car is safe as it can be. Look for the car’s Euro NCAP crash test result. Cars with a five-star score are the safest cars on sale.
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