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10 best P-plater friendly cars

Getting your P plates is a huge moment in a young person’s life and something we all fondly look back on. For parents, the realisation your child can now drive by themselves, anywhere they wish, can be terrifying.

Choosing a car to buy as a P plater is a balancing act between buying something a young person wants to drive that isn’t too expensive, while also buying something that is safe to drive. Here are our top 10 picks for best P plater friendly cars. 

1. Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is a five-door hatchback or sedan that’s great for city and suburban driving. Both models have plenty of trunk space and room for friends. It received a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2019 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard are anti-lock brakes (ABS), autonomous emergency braking (AEB), electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), emergency stop signal (ESS), hill launch assist, and pre-crash systems. New models start from $25,590.

2. Toyota Corolla hybrid

Green cars are becoming increasingly popular, and the Toyota Corolla hybrid is no exception. The hybrid means P platers who don’t have a great deal of disposable income won’t have to fork out all the time on petrol. It still has plenty of room despite being a hatch, and the petrol engine usually only kicks in after 40km/hr, perfect for carpooling around town with mates. It was given a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2018 and has seven airbags as standard. It also comes with innovative features like lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA), automatic high beam, and all-speed cruise control. New models start from $27,395. 

3. Kia Cerato 

The five-door Kia Cerato is a very popular car and won Australia’s Best Small Car under $35,000 in 2016. Despite its size, there is plenty of legroom and interior space. It received a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2019 and has six airbags as standard. Also standard is ABS, speed sensing auto door lock, brake assist, and ESC. New models start from $21,690. 

4. Hyundai i30 

The Hyundai i30 is a stylish five-door hatch that’s very popular amongst P platers. It comes with great features like sat-nav and a media screen, and a roomy interior. It scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and comes with seven airbags as standard. Also standard are traction control, brake assist, anti-theft alarm, ESC, and tyre pressure monitoring (TPSM). New models start from $21,990. 

5. Volkswagen Polo 

The ever-popular five-door Volkswagen Polo is a stylish and speedy five-door hatchback. Its sleek exterior hides a roomy interior with great features like seatbelt pre-tensioners. It scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard are ABS, AEB, EBD, fatigue reminder, TPMS, and ESC. New models start from $19,290. 

6. Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is Toyota’s smallest car and remains one of their most popular. Popular among P plates for its tidy exterior and interior, the five-door hatchback is also quite inexpensive. It was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2020 and comes with seven airbags as standard. Also standard is AEB, LKA, LDW, and emergency lane keeping (ELK). New models start from $15,390. 

7. Holden Astra 

The five-door Holden Astra is a stalwart among P plater drivers and for good reason. A stylish and nippy vehicle, the hatchback also comes in a sporty model for those who are so inclined. It was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2015 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard is AEB and lane support systems (LSS). New models start from $23,740. 

8. Kia Picanto 

The Kia Picanto is a steal both in size and price. Easy to maneuver and handle, the five-door hatch substitutes size for its price tag, but still has great features like a reversing camera. It was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard is AEB, and if buying new comes with a 7-year warranty. New models start from $15,190. 

9. Mitsubishi Mirage 

Also a steal is the Mitsubishi Mirage, a five-door vehicle available in hatch or sedan. So easy to run, NRMA found it was the cheapest car to own and run in a 2018 survey, with a capped price servicing of $250 annually for the first three years.  It was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2013 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard is an automatic high beam, LDW, ASC, and hill start assist (HSA). New models start from $14,990.

10. Kia Rio 

Rounding out the top ten is the also modestly price Kia Rio. The five-door hatchback comes with great features like speed sensing auto door locking and seatbelt pretensioners. It was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and comes with six airbags as standard. Also standard is ABS, EBD, ESC, AEB, and LKA. New models start from $18,590. 

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