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For new drivers, choosing a first car can be a particularly exciting time. However, in an age of high insurance costs and hefty fuel bills, it’s essential to look at the practical aspects: is the car in a low insurance group, is the fuel consumption good, and – just as important – does it have good safety features? New drivers are among the most high-risk in terms of accidents, so making sure your car is reliable and safe is a high priority. This article features five cars which meet the criteria required.

1. Ford Fiesta

The ever-popular Fiesta is omnipresent on Britain’s roads, and with good reason – there is a tremendous range of styles and models to suit most budgets; basic models are cheap to insure, have a reasonable specification and are frugal with fuel.

If you have a reasonable budget, consider investing in a more modern diesel which will have terrific, class-leading economy and very good safety features for a car of this size. The Fiesta is also cheap to insure and service, making for very reasonable running costs. The Fiesta’s big brother, the Focus, is widely considered to be among the leading cars of its class, particularly for safety and quality of ride, and is worth looking at if you have a decent budget.

2. The Kia range

Once considered a very low-budget brand, the Kia group is now one of the most respected producer of small and mid-range cars in the UK. From the incredible economy of the newer Rio to the fantastic specification of the Cee’d models, these are excellent cars. One of the biggest selling points is the famous 7 year warranty, which makes these a great long term bet. Insurance levels are also very reasonable, particularly for the entry level models.

3. Peugeot 206

With learner driver insurance for new drivers at a premium, finding a reliable and cheap vehicle is often a must for drivers on a smaller budget. The Peugeot 206 has been around for a good few years, meaning that there are plenty of good bargains to be had. Shop around and you could find an economical diesel at a comparable price to many cars of this size. A wide range of trim and specification levels are available.

4. Vauxhall Corsa

Another car that you can spot just about everywhere, the Vauxhall Corsa has been a top seller in the UK for a decade. The post-2006 models are much more refined than their predecessors, with an appealing design and roomy interior making them feel anything but a small car. With good economy, cheap servicing costs and a competitive second hand price, this is a very good option for the new motorist.

5. Toyota Yaris

If you’re after a car that doesn’t look or feel quite like every other small car on the market, why not go Japanese and invest in a Yaris? Its once-revolutionary digital display may well have become much more commonplace now, but it is still a very fun car to drive, with a solid feel and a roomier cabin than you might expect. It is extremely good on fuel consumption, has excellent reliability and safety features, is cheap to insure, and is thus a very strong contender as a first car.

MINI is a distinctive and cool car brand that’s instantly recognisable, whether you see one of the old models on the streets or a modern interpretation of the small, quirky car. Although you might think there’s not much else MINI can do, you’d be wrong, as they’ve just introduced another new addition to the line up.
Stand aside for the MINI Paceman – a coupe-style version of the MINI Countryman, according to the manufacturer. So, this means a new sporty, sleek design will be hitting the roads in the UK in March next year. Here’s a bit of information about the new arrival starting with a review from Auto Express:

Appearance 
Although the Paceman is based on the Countryman, there are some notable differences in its appearance – one of the most obvious being its low, sloped roof. Coupled with the long doors and large front grille, this gives it a very sporty look. Here’s some pics of the Paceman:

Another difference to the Countryman is that there are only two doors – although the rear seating is spacious and comfortable as there are two individual seats fitted in the back, rather than a three-person bench seat.
Inside the car you’ll find styling that fits in with the rest of the MINI range but that has its own, subtle differences, such as the controls for the windows being moved to the door armrests from the central console (although this is now also a feature in the updated Countryman models).

On the road 
As you’d expect, the Paceman is designed to be nippy – both the petrol and diesel versions can go from zero to 62 mph in under 11 seconds and if you go for the MINI Cooper S Paceman with a twin scroll turbo charger you can accelerate to this speed in 7.5 seconds.

There’s also the option of adding all-wheel drive transmission to your MINI, which only serves to enhance the handling of the car.
Even though it’s a sporty car, you can still get good fuel economy depending on the model you choose. The MINI Cooper D version, for instance, boasts 64.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 115 g/km.

There are also a host of driver aids included as standard on the Paceman, including dynamic stability control and dynamic traction control. A range of features designed to improve the environmental credentials of this MINI are also noticeable, including auto start-stop functionality, brake energy regeneration and a shift point display.

Other MINI news 
While the introduction of the Paceman may be the biggest news from the MINI camp, there was also the announcement that a new version of the Countryman will be rolled out from November this year. Most of the changes are largely cosmetic, with new interior features like a redesigned central speedometer and air vents on the dashboard, as well as the decision to move the electric window controls to the armrest in the door, rather than leaving them in the central console.

If all this talk of updated features and new vehicles has got you yearning for a new set of cool wheels, but your finances won’t allow you to splash out on a car, consider leasing a motor instead. You can get some great deals on MINI leasing contracts if you shop around, especially if it’s for business use.
Some companies include a host of extras like breakdown cover, annual MOTs and regular services in their contract hire deals, which could save you money and will certainly save you time.

The Range Rover Evoque has been voted best car for women drivers in 2012 according to the world’s most prominent women motoring writers. Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) was set up in 2009 to create an award specific to “the fastest growing consumer segment in the world and arguably the most influential.” That’s women.


The Economist wrote a story in Jan 2009 suggesting that women make the final decision in as much as 85% of all company cars. It’s interesting that only until recently have there been car awards voted by women. The criteria for judging by a panel of 17 worldwide women motoring writers included:

  • Safety
  • Value-for-money
  • Aesthetic appearance
  • Storage space
  • Child–friendliness
  • Ease-of-driving
  • Colour
  • Sex appeal
  • Environmental footprint 

The winning car may not reach 0–100 km/h in less than so many seconds but is a car that appeals very strongly to women and that, in essence, is what the award is all about. So, the Range Rover Evoque best meets a woman’s desire for all the criteria above so let’s see for ourselves what all the fuss is about.


The Evoque is the smallest Range Rover ever built and the only car from Range Rover that comes with a 2-wheel drive option. Available in three door coupe and five door variants, the super cool Range Rover Evoque has won over 100 awards since its launch in September 2011. Impressive stuff and we can see what all the fuss is about! Here’s the Evoque’s grand unveiling at its 2011 launch at Kensington Palace, London with Victoria Beckham:


Here’s the cool TV advert that promoted the Range Rover Evoque clearly targeting women with its glitz and glamour:


Here’s Top Gear’s James May testing out the Evoque’s toughness by driving it through Death Valley! He then goes on to gauge its stylishness by using it to chauffeur a global megastar across Las Vegas. Well worth a watch!


Smaller and more efficient than the Range Rover Sport, the Evoque targets women, city-based drivers for the first time by Range Rover and judging by their sales, it’s a brilliant marketing call. This was helped by fashion guru Victoria Beckham (photographed above) coming on board to design three unique ‘design themes’ for the Evoque including interior trim and equipment.

The Range Rover Evoque price starts from £29,000 for entry-level five-door models. In terms of insuring the Evoque, with the recent insurance price hike for women in the news, we would recommend looking at online car insurance quotes to get the best deal.

The official presentation of the trophy to Land Rover will take place at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Responding to the news of this latest honour, John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said:

“The Women’s World Car of the Year title further reflects the great market reach of Evoque. Across the world, women are a customer base in their own right, so it is vital for any manufacturer to ensure their products meet their preferences and requirements. As a vehicle designed, engineered and built in Britain, the Range Rover Evoque continues to demonstrate its world-class appeal. We are delighted that as well as the 111 honours it has received for its design, engineering and performance, it has proved just as successful in terms of excellent global sales.”

Coming Soon – Range Rover Evoque Soft-Top!
Finally, the Range Rover Evoque has not finished there! Coming to a showroom near you in 2014 will be the world’s first soft-top Range Rover. The cabriolet version of the ‘baby’ 4X4 Range Rover Evoque is expected to cost between £35,000 and £50,000.


One of our favorite car blogs Pistonheads.com showcased photos of the soft-top Range Rover Evoque from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show where it was one of the stars. Surely another host of awards on the way for this beauty. The new Range Rover Evoque is definitely a beautiful car and great look for any woman. If you are someone looking for a cheaper option such as a Mini then why not visit an online used car service such as motors.co.uk

Showcasing the cool Range Rover Evoque convertible, one of the most intriguing cool cars from the 2012 Geneva Motorshow. This is the world’s first soft-top Range Rover Evoque. And if you think such a concept sounds bizarre, wait until you see the pictures and watch the video below. This open-top crossover SUV really works!



Adding a fold-flat soft-top to the three-door Range Rover Evoque has created an uncommonly elegant machine. The clean lines and sit-up stance give a really premium open-top experience: it’s as if it was designed to take a soft-top roof from the very start.

What’s the cost?

Land Rover says this is a concept that’s being shown here to test the mood for such a model. Judging by the reaction so far, production is virtually guaranteed and expect it on sale within 2 years at starting price of around £35,000.

The pictures above were sourced from Evoque Forum 

A collection of cool police cars and motorbikes featuring hot, fast, concept and bizarre cop motors from around the world giving police departments the edge they need for catching the bad guys!

Cool Police Cars
Starting with the coolest police cars, check out these beauties!























Cool Police Motorbikes
We’ve seen the coolest cop cars…now it’s time for cool cop bikes:










And finally….



Small cars can be cool cars as these Alfa Romeo 4C pictures and video show from the 2011 Geneva motor show. The Alfa Romeo 4C is genuinely a stunning looking car…it’s small…very small in fact, but how cool does it look seriously! The wheelbase (distance between the front and rear wheels) measures just 2.4 meters and the car is very light too weighing in at just 850kg.

Here’s a video of the grand unveiling of the Alfa Romeo 4C at the 2011 Geneva motor show…


Cool Pictures of Alfa Romeo 4C

Less weight should, in theory mean excellent performance and handling, particularly as the Alfa Romeo 4C has a light but relatively powerful 1.7-litre engine mounted in the middle, for better weight distribution. The engine is sourced from the nippy Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf. In that car, the engine produced 232bhp, with power being routed through a dry twin-clutch transmission to the rear wheels.

Performance of the Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to be solid and Alfa Romeo says it’ll have a 0-60mph time of less than 5 seconds and a top speed of around 155mph. The 4C won’t trouble Ferraris in a straight line but we’re hoping it’ll be nimble enough to hold its own against larger, more powerful supercars on twisty tracks.

The Alfa Romeo 4C should hit dealerships in 2012, but the price hasn’t been revealed yet. We can’t wait!

These cool street bumper cars were created by California based builder Tom Wright. Using abandoned bumper cars from the Long Beach Pike amusement park, Tom Wright modified them to become bumper cars fit to drive on the road.


He replaced the Harley motors with 750cc Honda and Kawasaki boxes and redesigned them to pass city driving standards. He has completed eight crazy-looking street bumper cars with licenses to drive on the roads. Some of these bumper cars cars can hit 160mph!

There’s no word on whether Tom Wright is selling any of these cool bumper cars!

This cool concept car called the ‘Hussar Dakar’ could be a glimpse into the future of high-speed, off-road rally racing and is a creation of designer Klaud Wasiak.

The Hussar Dakar is inspired by Polish winged cavalry uniforms of the 18th century, giving this vehicle a dramatic rear wing structure that has both aesthetic and functional qualities. Inside, the driver is seated at a central position, with a lower, tiered section with two seats for a navigator and engineer.

That engineer maintains and controls the non-driven parts of the vehicle, including those wings which provide aerodynamic boosts as well as kinetic energy generation from movement.