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Top Ten new drivers cars cost double to insure

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Newly qualified drivers can expect to pay around £2,000 or more to insure a small hatchback this year as the cost of insurance continues to soar.

This time last year the cheapest car insurance premium for a new driver insuring a Ford Ka was under £900. However, that is in stark contrast to the best quote for a newly qualified driver wanting to insure a Ford Ka now. The price has soared to more than £1,900, according to consumer research by Confused.com.

However, an accountancy firm have released a daunting prediction that car insurance could rise by as much as 50% in the coming years.

The accountancy firm warned that the rise would have a huge impact on young drivers, which could see a premium rise to as much as £3,600 a year.

The Fiat 500 Pop now tops the list of most popular vehicles for a newly qualified driver, based on 6 months of quotes from confuseds website during the first half of 2011. Unfortunately it can cost more than £1786 to insure it.

The Fiat 500 knocks last year’s favourite, the Vauxhall Corsa, from the top spot, becoming the most popular choice for learners and drivers who passed their test within the last 12 months.

The Fiat 500 is a new favourite with newly qualified drivers - this model didn’t appear at all in the same research conducted last year to find the top ten cars for new drivers.

The popularity of these cars may have been led by their use by many driving instructors, and also by the cheaper insurance cost compared to other small cars.

Top ten most popular cars with newly qualified drivers, June 2011:

Make Model

Best Premium

FIAT

500 POP

£1,786.60

FORD

KA2

£1,835.62

FORD

KA3

£1,864.57

HONDA

JAZZ

£1,878.94

FORD

KA

£1,935.06

CITROEN

C3

£2,023.36

MERCEDES

A140

£2,077.66

CITROEN

XSARA

£2,131.50

VAUXHALL

ZAFIRA

£2,137.95

PEUGEOT

107

£2,210.86

Top ten most popular cars with newly qualified drivers, June 2010:

Make Model

Best Premium

VAUXHALL

CORSA

£1,229.00

FORD

FIESTA

£1,241.00

RENAULT

CLIO

£1,148.00

FIAT

PUNTO

£1,199.00

PEUGEOT

206

£1,184.00

CITROEN

SAXO

£1,399.00

PEUGEOT

106

£1,200.00

VOLKSWAGEN

POLO

£1,189.00

FORD

KA

£894.00

VAUXHALL

ASTRA

£1,227.00
Media information:

This information is based on drivers with a provisional licence, or who have passed their test within the past year, looking for quotes between January 2011 and end of May 2011. Confused have specified a minimum of 500 quotes per model. Methodology for 2010 was similar.


By Ben Malkin

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