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10 Best Cars to buy for New or First-Time Drivers

Do you still remember that feeling when you drove a car for the first time? I am sure most of you reading this do. Another great feeling that all of us can relate to is the feeling of buying and driving our first car!

All those people who have just learned how to drive and are planning to buy a new car must read this article till the end. Below is a list of the 10 best cars for new or first-time drivers. We have curated this list keeping in mind all the features and aspects these cars fulfil for a new driver!

  1. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso | Maruti Suzuki BS4 Offers
    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

    I am starting the list with our favourite automaker – Maruti Suzuki. MSIL launched the S-Presso in October 2019, and the Indian audience has shown great interest in this micro-SUV. S-Presso currently rivals the Renault Kwid in the Indian market. You get a decent design with a great and efficient engine. The S-Presso comes feature-packed inside the cabin, making every journey memorable for first-time buyers. Here’s why S-Presso can be a perfect car to buy for new drivers:

    • Sporty Design
    • Peppy Engine
    • Fuel Efficiency of 21-22kpl
    • Starting price of 3.69 Lakhs only
    • Safety Features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters.
  2. Maruti Suzuki WagonR

    Maruti WagonR | The History of India's Most Loved Hatchback
    Maruti WagonR | Cars for new drivers

    WagonR doesn’t need an introduction. It is the perfect Indian hatchback that is loved and driven by lakhs of people. Even if you are not a first-time buyer or driver, this car forms a perfect choice for you in every situation. The 2019 WagonR has got all that you need! It has got features, power, efficiency and much more. You name it, and WagonR has it!
    Here’s why WagonR seems to be a perfect choice for all first-time buyers:

    • More spacious than the previous-gen models
    • Well-designed dashboard with SmartPlay Infotainment System
    • Availability of AMT
    • Two engine options with an efficiency of up to 21.79 kmpl!
    • Steering-mounted controls increase accessibility.Read 10 Things that make the Maruti WagonR the Perfect City Car!
  3. Renault Kwid

    BS6 Renault Kwid
    BS6 Renault Kwid | Cars for new drivers

    Renault Kwid doesn’t give you that feeling of an entry-level car. It has an SUV stance, and the facelift has a beefy appearance. The front profile of this car doesn’t fail to impress at all. Talking about the drive quality, the engine is responsive, and the overall experience is great. This is a perfect fit in the list of cars for new drivers. Here’s why

  4. Hyundai Grand i10

    Hyundai Grand i10 CNG
    Hyundai Grand i10

    Hyundai launched the Grand i10 in India in 2013, and this hatch has been doing good in the market since then. Although the Hyundai lineup now has a new generation by the name of the grand i10 Nios, the one you see in the above picture still exists and has a decent sale number in 2020 as well! The Grand i10 forms a perfect choice for first-time buyers because this car also offers many modern-day features. Hyundai has been upgrading this hatch simultaneously with the new launches. Here’s why the Grand i10 made it into our list of cars for new drivers:

    • Starting price of Rs. 5.86 Lakhs (ex-showroom)
    • The fuel efficiency of 21 kmpl
    • The infotainment system with optional steering-mounted controls
    • Safety features like airbags, ABS and centrally-mounted fuel tank
  5. Tata Nexon

    Tata Nexon | BS6 Diesel Cars In India
    Tata Nexon | Cars for new drivers

    Nexon firms are the safest option to go for if you buy a new car. This car continues to make us proud with its 5-star NCAP rating. For your reference, many accidents have been reported where Nexon has saved lives due to its safe build! It is nothing wrong in saying that if you prefer safety, you must go for the Nexon.
    Here’s why it is on our list of cars for new drivers

    • A sporty and stylish exterior
    • Floating dash-top touchscreen
    • Multiple utility spaces inside the cabin
    • 5-Star NCAP Rating
  6. Tata Tiago

    Tata Tigo Facelift | Tata Motors | BS6 Cars
    Tata Tigo Facelift

    Another hatchback which is a perfect fit for first-time buyers is the Tata Tiago. This is a stable car and helps you drive with ease. The car picks up well, and the cornering also feels quite safe. Tata has worked a lot on this car; therefore, it has earned a good sale number and a lot of respect from the home automaker in India.
    Here’s why Tiago must be considered while going for your first car:

    • The excellent fuel efficiency of 20kpl
    • Harman Kardan audio system
    • Short turning radius of 4.9 metres
    • Starting price of 4.6 Lakhs (ex-showroom)
  7. Mahindra XUV300

    Mahindra XUV300 | Auto Expo 2020
    Mahindra XUV300

    XUV 300 has shown a sudden improvement in its sales stats. Indians have recently shifted their focus to this compact SUV which has been struggling for a long. Safety is one of the factors we suppose. The Mahindra XUV300 also gets a 5-star global NCAP safety rating, making it a popular pick among Indians nowadays. here’s why you should go for XUV300 you are a first-time buyer

    • 7 Airbags offering
    • 5-star NCAP safety rating
    • front parking sensors
    • Sunroof
    • Starting price of Rs. 8.3Lakhs
  8. Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Maruti Suzuki Ignis
    Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    This compact urban SUV from Maruti Suzuki is an ultra-stylish product that the young generation likes to go for. With the brand name you trust and all the features you want, Maruti Suzuki Ignis can be a complete package.
    Here’s why Maruti Suzuki Ignis is on our list of cars for new drivers:

    • “The first car of the young buyer,” They said it before we did!
    • 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine with a fuel efficiency of 20.68kpl
    • Availability of 2 airbags, ABS and ISOFIX
    • Starting price of 4.89 Lakhs only!
  9. Hyundai Venue

    Hyundai Venue | BS6 Cars in India
    Hyundai Venue

    The Indian car of the year 2020, the Hyundai Verna, comes with the modern styling and features that one needs to see on the roads, considering it’s 2020! Hyundai Venue is the perfect choice for all the tech-savvy people reading this. The Venue comes with Hyundai’s BlueLink connectivity system, which is first in the segment. Also, Venue offers a turbo petrol DCT, making it even more desirable!
    Here’s why the Hyundai venue is among the cars for new drivers:

    • Modern looks with a well-built interior as well.
    • The availability of Turbo-petrol DCT
    • Only connected SUV in the segment
    • Loaded with features and equipment like the air purifier
  10. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

    2020 Maruti Dzire
    2020 Maruti Dzire

    If you are a sedan lover and still not confident about handling those machines with huge lengths, Dzire 2020 is the perfect pick for you. This is a compact sedan from our very own MSIL, which offers you the comfort and convenience of a sedan at a price much lower than others. It’s a Maruti so it will deliver excellent fuel mileage!
    Here’s why Maruti Suzuki Dzire forms the perfect choice for a new car buyer:

    • Automatic Climate control
    • Touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wooden inserts for the premium touch
    • Comfortable ride quality
    • Decent boot space

These were the 10 cars that new drivers or first-time car buyers should look out for. Don’t forget to share this article with someone preparing to hit the roads soon. Also, let us know if we have missed any car you feel is a good choice for first-time buyers!

Vishal Khanna
Vishal Khanna
GoMechanic's OG Content Creator | Automobile Enthusiast | Automobile Engineer | Blogger | YouTuber | The DIY Automotive Guy


  1. Hello I am kind of confuse between i20 Sports and Altroz XT model. Can you please suggest which one should i go for? Feature wise i found both are good in segment. I am not sure about mileage and resell value? Should i concern about resell value? How good Tata cars with maintenance and resell value compare to Hyundai?
    Please response with best of your knowledge.

    • Hi Vishal,
      Both the cars are good in some way of the other, it depends on what you are looking for in a car. When it comes to the interior quality it is the Altroz that has a slightly better cabin. Even the ‘Sound System’ is better the Hyundai. Things take a derastinc change when it comes to the engine. Though both are 1.2-litre engines and nearly identical power and torque figures, it is the i20 that blows the Tata. This is because the Tata gets a typical 3-cylinder thrum that unsettles the cabin. Even the gearshifts are a bit knotchy. On the other hand, i20 had a 4-cylinder motor making it more refined and composed right of the bat. If it is the driving you love, then go for Hyundai eyes closed. But if it the rest you may consider the Tata.

  2. Hello, Is XUV300 W4 petrol good for first time buyer? Is it good for beginner? Actually I am little bit confused between XUV300 W4 petrol and Bolero Neo N4. Can you please advise me which one is better for beginners?

  3. Hello, Is XUV300 W4 petrol good for first time buyer? Is it good for beginner? Actually I am little bit confused between XUV300 W4 petrol and Bolero Neo N4. Can you please advise me which one is better for beginners?

  4. Suggest the best car to Buy, I am very confused to buy first new car. I searched for many cars a. Tata Tigro b. Altroz c. i10, c. i20 d. Magnite e. Baleno f. Breeza g. XUV300.

    Looking forward to driving for at least the next 10 years

    • Hi Pawan
      This will be a very long discussion to be done here.
      Request you get back to me with the answers to the following queries.
      -Car Segment Preference
      -Fuel Preference
      -Family Car/Fun/Sporty Car
      -Number of Family Members
      -Kms Travelled Daily/Weekly/Monthly
      -Major Drives on Highway or within the City
      -Want a safe Brand choice or Ready to Experiment with a new brand

      Mail your answers to and I’ll surely help you make the best car buying decision.

    • The choice between AMT and Manual is a personal one and depends on several factors such as initial buying cost, fuel economy, driving preferences etc. But with that said, while Autos offer the best comfort, they do so at the cost of fuel economy which is generally better on manuals.


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