Top 5 Cars for Graduates

Written by Nationwide Cars on 24 May 2019, 12:12 p.m.

After graduating, it’s likely that you will be starting to think about the next stages of your life. This may involve embarking on a job search to find a suitable career for your degree. Often, having a clean drivers license is a requirement of some job roles, particularly those in more rural locations.

Since the majority of students choose not to have a car at university, it may be that you will need to purchase one once you have graduated. Before buying a car suitable for your position as a graduate, there will be a number of things that you may need to consider. This could include the price of the car, how economic it is, engine size and the cost of insurance. Read on to find out our top 5 cars for graduates, and our reasons behind this.

Citroen C1 - Best for a Budget

Perfect for a young driver, this nimble but tough 4-seater is great for commuting to and from work. Available with either a 1.0 litre VTi engine, or a 1.2 litre PureTech engine, this energy efficient car is perfect for those on a budget. Due to the engine size, this car is also economical, meaning you can save money on both petrol and insurance. Prices start from £9,418.

Volkswagen Polo - Best for City Drivers

With the ride quality being considered one of the best in class, the Volkswagen Polo is stylish yet reliable choice. Its light steering makes for easy manoeuvres in town, making it a great choice of car for a graduate working in a bustling city. With its everyday usability, a functional interior, excellent build quality and impressive performance stats, there is sure to be a Volkswagen Polo to suit anyone’s needs. Prices start from £13,078.

Peugeot 208 - Best for Style & Comfort

This stylish and efficient supermini is an attractive alternative to the popular Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Offering a sleek and streamlined exterior combined with a high-quality interior, this car is best for a style-conscious graduate. Not only does it look great, but it’s also easy to drive with a powerful engine and safe, secure handling. This model remains a firm favourite amongst small hatchback buyers. Prices start from £11,271.

Ford Fiesta - Best for Reliability

As one of the most popular and trusted cars you can buy, the Ford Fiesta is a great option for those seeking something reliable. Aside from just being reliable, the Ford Fiesta is also a great looking car at an affordable price. With a variety of options available, there is a Ford Fiesta for everyone. As an extra bonus, the car also comes with rear parking sensors to take the stress out of parking. This is great for those of you having to park in tight spaces on your daily commute to work. If you are seeking something reliable and durable, then the Ford Fiesta may be the one for you. Prices start from £11,278.

Honda Civic - Best All Rounder

A Honda Civic is a great all-rounder. Not only is it affordable, reliable and practical, but it also looks great. Its versatility means that there is a Civic suitable for anyone’s needs since it comes as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. Great for both short and longer distances, the Civic is powered by either a 1.0 or 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine, giving you power as well as an economical drive. Prices start from £16,328.

As one of the largest online retailers of new vehicles in the UK, no matter what type of car you are looking for, we have something for everyone. Here at Nationwide Cars, we have a wide selection of deals and unbeatable prices to help you find the perfect car, whilst sticking to a budget. If you’re stuck with deciding which car is right for you, please contact us. We deliver our customers free and impartial advice to ensure you choose the perfect for you.