When your in the first place chance to debut a white linen blazer is at an all-you-can-eat rib connection, it pays to be pragmatic. Equally, when you’ve just earned your mean licence, swapping the rest of your wallet’s contents for something with sundry grunt than the Wimbledon women’s final is unwise if you all the time want it full again; young men, plus fast autos, equals bumper profits for insurance companies.

Fortunately, there’s now a bind of cars out there that couple spine-tingling drives with single-digit warranty categories. Invest right and you can get an exceptional motor that won’t cost numerous to run than your rent.

Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta has been regent of the superminis for years. It’s got more handsome with every birthday, is solidly strengthened, and comes with bags of street cred.

It’s also instances regarded as an absolutely cracking drive, and this is as true for the subservient models as it is for the lairy ST.

Ford Fiesta

Vauxhall Corsa

Another supermini basic that’s improved with time. It’s not quite the looker the Fiesta is but, from the forefront particularly, it’s certainly pleasing on the eye.

Even the smaller engines forearm joy on the roads, and it comes with a decent amount of toys to join in with. We’d like the VXR on 17-inch rims though, please.

Vauxhall Corsa

VW up!

We’re not safe how we feel about using exclamation marks in car names. If, in spite of that, you can ignore this, the dinky up! is an attractive piece of car.

Being a VW, it looks and surfaces far more premium than anything else in the mini-supermini sector, and the three-door in express is stylish in a conservative, German way.

VW up!

Suzuki Swift

The Swift is put together of good, cheap fun. It’s easy on the eye, costs very little to run, and won’t run aground to bring a smile to your face when you’re driving it.

Develop quality might not be up there with the VW, but very little is. The Pleasure is big on fun and you can even spec a Swift as a four-wheel drive (though we wouldn’t try to mount much profuse than the kerb in it).

Suzuki Swift

Mazda 2

Can’t afford an MX-5 yet? Well, the Mazda 2 desire allow you to pretend you do (by showing your mates the key, not the car itself). It’s no two-seater make a fool ofs car, but opt for one in a dark colour, and add a decent set of rims, and it’s a good-looking chap.

It’s also a joy to zip, and has good fuel economy – so you can keep saving for the MX-5.

Mazda 2

MINI

Although it means a dear original outlay, the new MINI is kind to your pocket thereafter, with prodigious fuel economy and insurance premiums that belie its nippy accomplishment.

Though the poky back seats will add some seasoning to your passengers’ shotgun battles, its iconic styling commissions the MINI something they’ll definitely want to be seen in.

MINI

Site Ibiza

Spanish flair meets German engineering. The Ibiza is cooked through specced inside and out, with enough agility for the city but the oomph to offer its own once you’ve left the high-rises behind.

Newer versions also make believe nice with your smartphone, thanks to an entertainment structure you’ll appreciate on long road trips.

Seat Ibiza