Size doesn't matter. Unless you've just loaded your monthly shop and realised there's not enough room for the pushchair - unless you sling it on the back seat and tell your mother-in-law to catch the bus.
Reliability is a major consideration when buying a new car - which is why the What Car? Driver Power Survey is such a help. The publication’s most recent poll collected data from 14,000 car owners across the country, asking them about the faults they have experienced over the last 12 months.
The survey revealed that a third of drivers encountered at least one fault over the last year.
Buying your first car can be a daunting experience. Alongside cost and finance options, it's crucial to consider fuel economy, performance and reliability. And let's not forget the importance of choosing a car that looks great and reflects your personality.
Here are 10 of our favourite first cars.