You’ve only gone and done it. After passing your driving test with flying colours, the L-plates are well and truly a thing of the past. 

As a reward, you must be looking to treat yourself to a new ‘whip’ so you can really enjoy your freedom on the roads.

Choosing a car as a new driver can be particularly difficult as there's a lot of factors to take into consideration. 

It’s not just a case of buying the car and everything’s hunky-dory. You’ve got to weigh up insurance costs, fuel economy and most importantly it’s suitability for you.

Owning your first car is an iconic moment in your life and everyone remembers the love-hate relationship they endure with their first car. 

However, we want to ensure that there’s a lot more to love than hate about your car as we provide you with a detailed list of the 10 best cars for 17-year olds that are all available to lease on LeaseFetcher.

The Skoda Citigo is an exceptional city car that guarantees incredible value for money. 

While the Citigo is almost identical to both the Volkswagen up! and Seat Mii, it’s also the cheapest option out of the three siblings.

Available in three or five-door form, the Citigo comes in a choice of two 1.0-litre petrol engines - 59bhp and a 74bhp - that have more than enough guile to give four of your friends a comfortable lift home from school.

The Citigo’s agile handling and smooth suspension make it one of the best, if not the best, handling city car on the market.  

For its budget-friendly price, the Skoda Citigo has a pretty stylish interior. The combination of light and dark plastics bring some life to the cabin, while its built-in infotainment system is user-friendly and easy to navigate. 

Space is plentiful in both front and back, and the driver's seat comes with height-adjustable capabilities. The boot is also generous enough to cram all your friends’ kit bags in the boot while you give them a lift to the gym. 

You’ll be saving a few bob with your frugal engine as insurance premiums are very reasonable whichever Citigo you opt for. Go for the 59bhp version and you’ll qualify for insurance group one, which the lowest (and cheapest) insurance band around.

As SEAT’s poster car, the Ibiza has proven it has the quality and comfort to rival stalwart city cars like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. 

The powerful turbocharged 1.0 TSI 95 is a top performer, but if you’re on a tight budget, the entry level 79bhp engine does the trick around town. 

With its sporty exterior and impeccable handling, it only takes a little imagination to make you feel like you’re driving a car worth a whole lot more than what you’ll pay for the £15,000 Ibiza. 

The spacious cabin makes up for the pretty bland dashboard that is covered in hard scratchy plastics. The basic trim comes with a monochrome infotainment system that feels pretty retro, but spend a little more for the SE model and you give yourself access to an 8-inch screen with optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

As a reliable family car, the Ibiza excels in safety features. All models of the Ibiza have active headrests, six airbags and an automatic emergency braking system (AEB) which have all played a part in helping the Ibiza score 5* in its Euro NCAP Safety test.

If you’re planning on buying your car on PCP finance, the Ibiza is slightly cheaper than the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta per month. In terms of insurance, the basic Ibiza model starts from insurance group 2 which is very reasonably priced.

The sleek Volkswagen Polo gets sportier and sportier with every new upgrade. Now in its 6th generation, the Volkswagen Polo has all the quality and charisma to challenge any city car in its wake *cough* Ford Fiesta *cough*. 

For first time buyers, the 1.0-litre 64bhp and 74bhp petrol engines will have more than enough vigor to glide you through the city streets, but if you’re looking for a little more potency, the pricier 1.0-litre turbocharged TSI 94bhp cruises comfortably on country and motorway roads.

Known to most as the VW Golf’s smaller brother, the Polo has grown in stature and matured with style. 

Comfort begins as you nestle into the supportive driver's seat and then transcends through the silky steering wheel. 

All the dashboard buttons are well-positioned and at a suitable height, and the digital cluster board is crisp and responsive.

Every Polo has an 8-inch touchscreen installed with sat-nav, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are available for a minor additional price. 

The vast passenger and boot space compliments the well-equipped and stylish cabin. The Polo is among the best in class for front and rear space and the boot has a capacity of 351 litres - double the size of the Toyota Aygo and Fiat 500.

The Polo is quite a bit cheaper than the VW Golf, but slightly more expensive than the Ford Fiesta or SEAT Ibiza. However, the Polo’s decent fuel economy and feasible insurance rates,  means there probably isn’t a more well-rounded car on this list. 

Where to begin? The Picanto is cost-effective, economical and a massive hit with first time buyers. 

When you combine cheap running costs with no repercussions on space, quality and performance, you’re always going to be onto a winner.

The Picanto is up against a fine pedigree of competitive city cars like the Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up!, and still comes out the other end with compliments aplenty. 

The suspension feels a tad firm, but once you manage to stretch the Picanto’s legs it’s graceful through any twist or turn. Alongside the supportive seats and convenient driving position, you won’t be struggling for comfort in the Picanto.

The entry-level 1.0-litre 66bhp Picanto is an ideal choice for first time drivers because of its low insurance group rating and efficient fuel economy. 

The Picanto not only possesses 5 doors, it has the space to match too. Front and rear space is pretty reasonable for a city car, although fitting three grown adults in the back might end up being a bit of a squeeze. 

Boot space on the other hand is bountiful. With enough room to fit a couple large suitcases, the Picanto has one of the largest boots in the city car range.  

Another selling point has to be Kia’s generous 7-year, 100,000 mile-warranty on every Picanto model. With a warranty like that you know you’re getting a car that backs itself in terms of reliability. 

As the UK’s best selling model, Ford must be doing something right with their cheap, stylish and nippy Fiesta.

As an alternative to the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza, the Ford Fiesta is slightly bulkier in appearance and probably takes the edge in terms of enjoyment to drive.

The entry-level 1.1-litre 84bhp petrol engine feels a little timid, so if you’re going to spend the money on a Fiesta we recommend the nippy 1.0 turbocharged Ecoboost engines that come in a variety of power outputs for you to mull over.

Suspension is resolute and handles potholes like a bruising SUV, while its sharp handling and accurate steering make the Ford Fiesta incredibly comfortable and great to drive.

The interior cabin feels relatively upmarket, with the soft-touch plastics on the dashboard an elegant touch.

The Fiesta has plenty of head room for those sitting in the front, although take a seat in the back and you soon realise that three passengers is going to be a tight squeeze with knees brushing against the back of the front seats.

If you’re looking to buy your Fiesta on PCP finance, you’ll be paying higher monthly instalments than the likes of the VW Polo. Insurance groups for the Ford Fiesta start at group 5 for the entry level 1.1-litre which is also slightly pricier than the Polo. 

Hyundai have continued to unleash their winning formula through their incredibly reliable and spacious i10.

If you’re looking for a versatile city car with bags of practicality, the i10 is worth a look. Competing with the Kia Picanto and the Volkswagen up!, the Hyundai comes out the other end as the cheapest of the three.

For nipping around town, the entry level 1.0-litre engine should have enough punch to do the trick, but if you’ve already planned a few road trips with your pals, you might want to do some research on the slightly more powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine.

On a side note, the i10 is tremendous at blocking out wind and road noise. This means you’ll be able to listen to your favourite tracks by connecting your phone through the USB socket on all entry-level trims. 

If you’re really into your gadgets and have some spending money left over, the Premium trim is well worth the upgrade. You’ll have access to a flashy 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring capabilities as well as a sat-nav with a seven-year subscription to ‘live’ services such as traffic and weather updates.   

The five seats and spacious boot make the i10 a popular choice. Add in the extremely cheap insurance costs and 5 year warranty with no mileage and you’ve got yourself a real contender for a first time buyer.

As we alluded to earlier, the Volkswagen Up has close ties to the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii under the hood.

If you stripped the three cars down you’d struggle to find any significant difference. Although, put the prestigious Volkswagen logo on the front of one and you’ve got yourself a best-seller. 

For young drivers, the Up has all the capabilities and driving qualities of the Polo and Golf, but for a much more affordable price.

With only four seats, Volkswagen have made sure the Up has one of the biggest boots in the city car market at 251-litre capacity. 

Performance-wise the Up is gracious - suspension is disciplined, handling is flawless and it doesn’t shy away when put to the test of motorway driving.  

Step inside and you know you’re in a Volkswagen. The interior cabin provides a level of sophistication that you’d expect from a far pricier car. Even the entry-level trim feels refined and tasteful.

Although the VW Up is more expensive than the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii, it’s surprisingly cheaper than both to insure. Winner winner chicken dinner!

You’ve probably already seen a few of these kicking around the school car park. 

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular cars for young drivers, and like it’s rivals, the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, the Corsa has upped the ante with some high tech kit and generous equipment.

Each of the four Corsa engine outputs comes in a 1.4L petrol form. If you’re predominantly going to use your Corsa around town, the 74bhp should cut the mustard. If you want a punchier engine, the 99bhp turbocharged output handles the road with style and vigor.

The entry-level Corsa comes equipped with a basic FM/AM stereo with a CD player, USB capabilities and Bluetooth connectivity. 

Dig a little deeper and every other Corsa trim offers you Vauxhall’s modern infotainment system with a 7.0in colour touchscreen with Apple and Android smartphone integration.

Agile around town and roomy inside, there’s no surprise why the Corsa is such a top-seller. The youthful vibe and modern tech makes the Corsa a huge hit with young drivers.

There seems to be a modern fad for inter-manufacturer breeding these days. The Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 are all mechanically identical. 

So engine-wise the Aygo is like for like with its Citroen and Peugeot counterparts, but the most significant difference comes with the Aygo’s price tag. 

The Aygo is marginally cheaper and comes with a five year warranty compared to the Citroen and Peugeot’s 3 year warranties.

Available in a range of five trims and a diverse range of personalisation and painting options, the Aygo doesn’t lack character. 

The Aygo has delicately light steering, and comfortable, supporting seats to ensure you feel right at home behind the wheel of your new Aygo.

Unfortunately your passengers may not agree. The two-back seats are cosy to say the least, and the boot is puny. The 168-litre loading space will hardly be enough space to handle your weekly shop.

The Aygo’s low running costs and proven reliability make it a desirable option. For a 17-year old, the Aygo is fairly cheap to insure with the current Aygo models ranging between group 5-8 and the older models in group 2-3.

Retro, retro, retro. If you’re looking for a modern twist on a classic 1950’s car, the Fiat 500 is well worth a look.

The entry-level Fiat 500 is one of the cheapest cars for young drivers to get their hands on. It may not be the quickest off the mark, but the 1.2-litre petrol engine has enough eagerness to dart around town comfortably. Venture onto the motorway and the 500 will start to struggle with road and wind noise.

The iconic boxy shape of the 500 can make the Fiat feel a little cramped. Only available in 3-door form, the 6-footers among you will struggle to clamber into the back. Unfortunately Fiat have not made up for this in the boot as the 185-litre boot space doesn’t cover the Fiat 500 in ‘vast’  joy.

However, the boxy shape does make parking simple - an important feature for young drivers. 

There’s no doubting the Fiat 500’s popularity amongst 17-year old drivers which is partly down to relatively low insurance costs. However, starting at insurance group 7, there are more practical cars like the i10 and Up that are cheaper to insure. 

Choosing your first car is a monumental decision that will stay with your for the rest of your life. We don’t mean to sound so dramatic, but it’s an important decision that will be an integral part of your life for the foreseeable future.

You want to choose a car that suits your personality, drives well and most importantly, doesn’t cost you a fortune.

There’s a fine line between a cheap car that is susceptible to breaking down and an affordable car that is cost-effective through cheap running costs and low insurance rates.

We hope our list of the 10 best cars for 17-year olds has helped you take that step closer to getting on the roads.

If you’d like to have a look at how much all these cars cost in leasing terms, please check out Leasefetcher for some of the best car leasing deals on the market.