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Choosing the right car for your kids


Take the stress out of new car shopping for your kids with a little research and expert advice

Teaching your children to drive is stressful enough, but now it’s time for them to hit the road solo and you may be feeling a little anxious at the prospect. Selecting the right car will help put your mind at rest.

Thankfully, motoring authority has compiled a list of the ten best cars for your teenager from a range of brands and segments, taking the legwork out of the process and, in turn, some of the stress.

Calling on decades of collective experience, the WhichCar team’s top ten has something for every new driver - including SUVs, hatchbacks, a sedan and even a wagon, with nothing costing more than $25,000.

You can find the full report here, but here’s some key areas to consider and get you started when shopping on behalf of a new or inexperienced driver.


Safety should always be at the top of your list when searching for a car for your child. As a general rule, the newer the safer, but make sure you do your research and find out which brands and models include high-level safety features as standard.

Autonomous emergency braking is rapidly becoming standard in many models but it’s at the most affordable end of the spectrum that manufacturers are dragging their heels. Also look into the level of AEB. Which speed range does it work at and does it protect pedestrians and cyclists. Not all AEB is equal.

Your teen will also thank you for the discount often offered by insurance companies for cars fitted with the crash mitigation technology.


It pays to consider the connectivity and information technology on offer. Increasingly, manufacturers are targeting a more youthful audience with features that allow them to stay connected to social media and the internet, and keep their hands on the wheel.

Bluetooth connectivity and voice activation is now more widespread than ever but smartphone mirroring including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is less common. Make sure you know what’s in your kid’s car to stop them taking their eyes off the road.

3. FUN

Finally, make sure you are thinking about the F-word. No one wants to own a dull car so look out for features your teen will fall in love with and a car that’s fun to own.

Finding something that has sound dynamics will keep a budding driver happy without dizzying horsepower figures, while cool customisation options, standout styling and multi-tone paint schemes will appeal to the more style conscious driver.

Helping the younger members of your family choose a car doesn’t have to be a chore. Check out the full story at and happy shopping.

You can find the full report here

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