Vauxhall Corsa revealed as young drivers’ car of choice

By Darren Cassey

The Vauxhall Corsa is the most popular car among young drivers, followed closely by the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, according to new research.

The British firm’s supermini has long been synonymous with those who’ve recently passed their test, owing to its small size and a lack of power that should help keep inexperienced drivers out of trouble.

Insurance comparison site MoneySupermarket analysed four million enquiries between April 1 2018 and March 31 2019 to find out which cars 17- to 20-year-olds are looking to insure.

Despite its popularity, the Corsa was far from the cheapest car for younger people to insure with an average quote of £943, 68 per cent higher than the average price of a quote for someone aged 21-plus.

Young drivers were quoted highly on several other popular models, including an average of £994 for a Ford Fiesta and £916 for a Volkswagen Polo. Those figures are 122 per cent and 79 per cent more than those for older drivers respectively.

The least expensive car to insure in the list was the Ford Ka at £644, while the most expensive was the Volkswagen Golf at £1,651.

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Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySupermarket, commented: “When calculating premiums, insurers take many factors into consideration which can result in younger drivers paying a considerable amount more than other age groups. This is mainly because a high number of personal injury claims come from accidents that involve younger drivers.

“The good news is that there are lots of ways to keep the costs down, such as taking out a telematics policy, also known as black box car insurance, which uses data – where, when and how people drive – to determine the cost of car insurance. Not only does telematics offer a way to secure a cheaper policy, it also encourages responsible driving habits.”