Learning to drive can be one of the most high octane life experiences – for both the novice driver and - often for different reasons - the instructor too! That’s why the choice of vehicle is so important. Get it right and the journey will create a positive legacy. Our list of suggested options ensure that driving instructors are able keep new drivers on the straight and narrow. Each one successfully combines practicality, economy, safety and style.
Our selection of ideal driving instruction cars includes:
Read on for more on each choice.
Featured heavily on best car lists almost everywhere, the hugely popular Ford Fiesta was recently named as the bestselling new car of all time in the UK. With these credentials it’s easy to see why driving instructors would choose the Fiesta to teach novice drivers in. Features that make this instructor-friendly include a 5 star rating by Euro NCAP, ABS+EBA for those pesky emergency stops, and ESP + traction control are also accessible to keep the car on the straight and narrow. For those looking for a greater economy the diesel version offers 64mpg on the urban cycle.
Another stalwart of the small car sector, the Corsa is a much-loved vehicle that new drivers are likely to feel comfortable around. It's great to drive, has easy, ergonomic controls and can be equipped with a very economical 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX diesel engine. CO2 emissions are 110g/km which results in an annual road tax charge of just £20 and with safety in mind, a host of standard-fit safety features enabled the Vauxhall Corsa to score the maximum 5* for adult occupant safety in Euro NCAP testing.
Perhaps not the most obvious choice, yet the iconic Mini is fast becoming one of the most popular cars in which to learn to drive. From a marketing point of view, the Mini needs no introduction and younger drivers in particular may enjoy the kudos from being seen driving around town in one. And of course there’s the important matter of performance where it doesn’t disappoint either. Built with legendary quality and fun to handle, the Mini also delivers exceptional features including intelligent sensors, advanced braking and split-second airbags which deploys an instant wall of protection.
For those driving instructions who enjoy compact yet agile rides, the Peugeot 108 is perfect. For larger schools fleet deals are always available which can ensure a level of brand consistency. This is a highly customizable option – choose from 8 different packs – and the 108 is also a very economical car; the 1.2 VTi petrol engine achieves 52.3mpg urban, 65.7mpg combined and 76.3mpg on the extra urban cycle. All very impressive! There are a range of compelling features too. The Feline spec for examples comes with stop/start technology, Bluetooth, a rev counter, a speed limiter, a touch screen display with mirror link technology, DAB digital radio and climate control air conditioning.
Well-known for their value for money range, is the go-to brand of many driving instructors who enthuse about performance, handling, visibility and economy. The Fabia has been recommended by both the Association of Driving Instructors and Driving Instructor magazine who rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Overall the Fabia is an elegant compact car with a sports-like feel, which learning drivers will enjoy spending time in. Instructors will also appreciate the equipment on offer too. This includes Bluetooth connectivity, airbags and stop/start technology.