Best Cars For P-Platers


So, you’ve just got your P-Plates and are looking for a car to buy. Buying your first car is an exciting but nervous experience. You want to make sure that you buy a car that you like, is safe and has the approval of both your friends and your family.

What is the best car for P-Players in Australia? Well, that question can’t be answered so simply. It all depends on what suits your lifestyle and budget. Some Aussies might rush out to purchase a top-of-the-line luxury car, others may need something a little bit bigger for work. Whatever option you are looking for you need to make sure it ticks these 3 important points.

  1. Is it Safe?
  2. Will it meet my lifestyle?
  3. Can I afford it?

Answering the 3 important questions will help you narrow down a list of potential cars that you could buy based on your unique needs.

Here are 5 of the best cars for P-Plate drivers in Australia.

1. Toyota Corolla

How can you look past the Toyota Corolla? The Toyota Corolla has topped the small category for the last 5 years and shows no signs of slowing down. What sets the Corolla apart from the competition is it’s 5-star ANCAP safety rating and its exceptional fuel consumption. Probably the best thing about owning a Toyota Corolla is it won’t set you back thousands in fuel and maintenance each year like the bigger model cars do – making it a great first car for p-plate drivers.

The Toyota Corolla comes with power steering, power windows, power mirrors, central locking, cruise control, dual airbag package, ABS, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function control screen, reversing camera, alloy wheels & air conditioning.

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2. Mazda CX-3

For those of you looking for something a little bit bigger than a hatchback, it’s hard to go past the Mazda CX-3. The Mazda CX-3 has been among the top selling SUVs in Australia since inception. The CX-3 offers motorists a smooth, safe, and enjoyable driving experience at all times. Arguably the best thing about the CX-3 is it gives you size that’s not available in the smaller models.

The Mazda CX-3 comes with a 2.0L engine, alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, central locking, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and reversing cameras.

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3. Ford Ranger

If you are looking for a 4x4 for work purposes it is hard to not choose the Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger was Australia’s second most popular car in 2021 and many analysts are predicting it to go one better in 2022. The Ford Ranger has long been known for it’s strong durability, reliability and pulling power – making it the best option for any job.

The Ford Ranger comes with a 2.0L engine, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, multi-function control screen, reversing camera, satellite navigation, parking distance control, tow bar and central locking.

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4. Hyundai Veloster

Many Australians often lean towards the Hyundai i30 as their first choice Hyundai, but the Veloster has been proven to be more efficient, has the same safety standards and quite frankly looks a lot better. The Veloster includes many of the parts of an i30 but it’s the design which makes them stand out.

The Hyundai Veloster comes with 1.6L engine, Alloy Sports Pedals and Wheels, Cruise Control, Keyless Entry, Multi-Function Control Screen/Steering Wheel, Rear Parking Distance Control, Rear Spoiler, Reverse Camera, and Sat Nav.

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5. Mazda 3

Last but not least is the Mazda 3. How could you not include the Mazda 3 on this list? Many Australians have made the wise decision of choosing a Mazda 3 as their first car throughout the years – you probably even know someone yourself. What makes the Mazda 3 so great for P-Plate drivers is it is reliable, cheap to maintain and safe. You cannot go wrong with choosing a Mazda 3 as your first-choice car.

The Mazda 3 comes with 2.0 Litre engine, Alloy Wheels, Keyless Entry and Start, Multi-Function Control Screen and Steering Wheel, Sat Nav, Safety Cameras, Bluetooth Connection and Air conditioning.

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Final Word,

Choosing your first car as a P-Plater is an exciting experience. To make the best buying decision it is highly recommended that you research the options on offer, understand your primary use of the car and understand how much you can afford.

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