First Car of the Year Winner: Renault Clio

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Whether you’re a young driver looking to buy your first car, or you’re investing in one for your offspring, there’s a massive range of first cars to choose from. Budget is a big factor in this category, as is the cost of insurance, but don’t forget that image is everything when you’re young. For 2021 the car that embodies all those qualities is last year's winner - the Renault Clio, thanks to its good looks, competitive engine range and fantastic interior.

Best first car - Renault Clio


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The latest Renault Clio takes home this award for a second year in a row for a very good reason – it looks good, drives well and is well priced. It’s impossible not to be impressed by the Clio’s interior, which is high-quality, well-designed and packed with the latest technology. In higher trims this Renault is also a very handsome little car, while a big boot and low running costs keep it practical for daily use. Its appeal goes beyond the showroom as it's very impressive to drive – comfortable yet composed in the corners, with the option of a sophisticated hybrid too.

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Best first car - Hyundai i10


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The Hyundai i10 is a runner-up in this highly-competitive market sector thanks to its combination of a stylish body, hugely roomy interior and more safety equipment than anything else in this class. As it's packed with the latest kit, it's perfect for those who are trading down from a larger car, as well as those looking for the perfect first car. If you’ve a growing family but only want a small car, the i10 covers all of your bases. It offers space for four adults, a good-sized boot and cutting-edge driver aids for relaxed progress with an extra pair of electronic eyes on the road..

Best first car - Toyota Yaris


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Now in its fourth-generation, the Toyota Yaris has matured into a brilliant, well-rounded small car, with masses of appeal. It's a car that's easy to drive and capable of impressive economy, thanks to its hybrid engine technology – 70mpg on petrol is well within your reach if you're gentle. Inside, there's plenty of room in the rear as well as the front, and being a Toyota, it's bound to be reliable, comes with a long warranty and you know you can trust your local dealer to give you excellent service.