This means carsunder the umbrella of one model can fall into different groups depending on their specifications. For example, not all Nissan Micras will be group 1 cars but it’s likely a Micra with smallest engine size will fall into the group and will be a cheap car to insure.
We’ve listed vehicles where we’ve found two sources to confirm the car is in group 1. We’ve only listed the model so you may need to do some research to find the group for a particular version. However, the model is a good guide the car will be in a lower insurancegroup.
Pros – not expensive to buy and gets 62.8MPG, which makes it quite cheap to run. It’s not a bad looking car and comes in a variety of pretty and funky colours. Some Citroen deals even come with a year’s freeinsurance, which is a youngdriver’s dream!
Cons – some older models (pre-2009) might have clutch and water pump faults. Water leaks have been reported in some cases. The Vibe or Airplay models may be the only ones in group 1.
Price: Used cars can cost around the £4,000-£5,000 mark and new cars are around £7,000-£8,000.
Pros – only a recent version of the 1.0-litre petrol Micra is in group 1 so it comes with Bluetooth and a USB input. It’s larger and more stylish than older versions.
Cons – it’s not the most economical Micra and some have described it as a bumpy ride.
Pros – a compact city car that feels more spacious than it looks. It features a lot of nifty little design perks, like interior storage compartments, cup holders and even a bag hook and photograph holder.
Cons – reports of a noisy clutch, and gear and front disk issues.
Price of car: Used cars are around £4,000-£5,500 and new can be as little as £8,000.
8. Volkswagen Up
Pros – economical and easy to drive, the Up is verymuch a small car, but feels spacious inside. It has been carefully designed and offers very good value for money.
Cons – quite expensive to buy, there have been reports of the paint running into blisters and clutch issues, and the interior lacks soft-touch materials.
Price of car: Used carsstart around £5,000 and can go up to £10,000, new cars are between £9,000 and £12,500 (although the all-electric version is over £25,000).
Pros – rides and handles nicely and has a relatively economical engine. It has a quieter engine than other smallcars and is reasonably spacious.
Cons – it’s very similar to the Citigo, and yet is more expensive. It also doesn’t come withmuch equipment as standard, although different versions contain different things.
Price of car: Used cars are around £5,000-£8,000 and new carscost between £9,500 and £11,000.
10. Volkswagen Fox
Pros – spacious and extremely cheap, the Fox also boasts a nice ride and good handling.
Cons – it’s quite slow and doesn’t have a huge amount of safety features. It also doesn’t include much equipment compared to its rivals. Only the 1.2 litre falls in Group 1.
Price of car: Used, these cars can be found on the market from £1,000 to £3,000. New, they sell for between £7,500 and £9,500.
Pros – the i10 has a quiet engine and a spacious interior, especially in the rear of the car. Depending on the version, it comes with a fair few features, including air conditioning and a USB socket as standard.
Cons – the safety features aren’t as extensive as some of the other models listed, and it hasn’t performed as well as other cars in crash and break-in tests.
Price of car: Used, these cars go from £3,000 to £9,000 depending on the version, and new they can be found from justunder £9,000.
Pros – nimble and a decent ride, the Ka is suited to citydriving. It’s also reasonably spacious inside.
Cons – the Ka had a bad review on What Car?, which says it is noisy, under-equipped and lacks safety equipment.
Price of car: Used, the Ka can be found from between £7,000 and £9,000, and new they are priced between £9,000 and £11,500.