You never forget your first car – those first set of wheels are a rite of passage, giving a sense of freedom like never before. Make no mistake – first cars are special. Here’s Diesel Car’s top three.
If you’re looking for a small hatch that combines style with comfort and frugality, the Peugeot 208 makes a very strong case for itself. Peugeot’s 2 series is legendary, but you could argue that by the time the 207 hit the road it was starting to show a little bit of middle-age spread. Its replacement is lighter, leaner and more efficient. The 208 not only looks good, it also boast some top tech, with features including a centre-console 7″ touchscreen, DAB radio, Peugeot Connect apps, park assist and stop & start technology.
Since their arrival in the UK, Dacias have been selling lot hot cakes and for first-time drivers the Sandero is one to seriously consider it. First up, it’s Britain’s cheapest diesel, with the range starting at £8395. It’s not just a cheap car though – it develops a sprightly 89bhp with a claimed fuel economy of over 74 mpg. It’s spacious, meaning there’s room for all your mates and with some models boasting alloys and air-con, you won’t feeling like you’re missing out.
Hyundai have come on leaps and bounds in the last ten years – from being little more than ‘the cheap option’, the Korean manufacturer today offers a range of smart and stylish cars. Despite the improvements, Hyundai haven’t forgotten their roots – the i20, for example, remains cheap to buy and run while being well equipped. The i20’s diminutive 1.1 diesel will return almost 90mpg, while remaining clean enough to be tax exempt. With all the other expenses that come with modern motoring, the i20’s low running costs make it a very tempting proposition.