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DoneDeal of the week: Two great cars for first time drivers

These two small cars are firm favourites with Irish buyers as they are cheap to run, reliable and easy to handle.

THIS WEEK WE have two best-selling small hatchbacks, both of which are reliable, easy to handle and fun to drive.

First up, this 2015 Opel Corsa

Source: Menapia Motors Ltd.

The Opel Corsa has a spacious cabin and a large 285-litre boot capacity. It looks good and handles well around town, absorbing the lumps and bumps of Irish roads well. This petrol engine is refined and economical too, making this Opel Corsa a good cheap option for first time drivers.

Source: Menapia Motors Ltd.

This model has ABS, driver and passenger airbags, centralised locking, electric mirrors, ISOFIX anchor points, power steering, Radio/CD/MP3, front electric windows, and an adjustable steering column and wheel.

Source: Menapia Motors Ltd.

It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 70hp at 5,600rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It goes from 0 to 100km/h in 16 seconds and onto a top speed of 162km/h.

Source: Menapia Motors Ltd.

It falls into tax band B1, which means it is €270 to tax a year and has 37,000km on the clock and a €12,595 price tag.

Next is this 2013 Ford Fiesta

Source: Dublin City Motors Ltd.

The Ford Fiesta is a perennial favourite with Irish buyers and for good reasons too; it is cheap to run and great to drive. It’s cabin is compact but there is a good use of space and a decent size boot too.

Source: Dublin City Motors Ltd

This particular car features alloy wheels, front fog lights, heated door mirrors, and metallic paint. Inside, there is cloth seat trim, a radio/CD player, USB/iPod interface, Ford SYNC Bluetooth connection, air conditioning, curtain airbags, driver airbag, passenger airbag, side airbags, electric door mirrors, front electric windows, a height adjustable drivers seat, immobiliser, remote central locking, traction control, a trip computer and tyre repair kit.

Source: Dublin City Motors Ltd

It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 60hp at 6,000rpm and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 16.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 151km/h.

Source: Dublin City Motors Ltd

It falls into tax band B1, which means it is €270 to tax a year and has 25,000km on the clock and a €10,950 price tag.

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