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‘What’s the Best First Car to Buy?’

Our Answer on ‘Best Cars for a First Car’

Whether you are a first-time car buyer or looking for perfect cars for first-time drivers, we have a few splendid options to choose from.

Nissan Micra Active Nissan Micra Nissan NP200 Datsun GO Lux Datsun GO+ Nissan Almera

Deciding what to buy for your first car can be a daunting experience! Googling the question will certainly offer up a myriad of answers that can be nothing short of confusing. No matter if you are looking for a brand new set of wheels or a snazzy pre-loved little number, our choice picks below will help you make an informed decision. And a smart option will always be either a Nissan or a Datsun as your Best First Car choice!

Nissan Micra Active

Nissan Micra Active

A Sweet Ride

This robust compact is sure to quickly become your new ‘bestie’ and impress your peeps. Its cheeky rounded shape is echoed in the interior design. The solid, safe feel on the road combined with nifty handling makes it a great car for new drivers.

Top Facts & Features:

  • 1.2l petrol engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • 14″ steel wheels with covers
  • Driver & Passenger Airbags
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Auto door lock (speed-sensitive)
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Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra


Turn heads and make a grand entrance no matter where you go in the All-New Nissan Micra. This is a hatchback which flips convention on its head and puts a whole lot of heart and soul into one of the most exciting hatchbacks to hit South Africa shores in years.

Top Facts & Features:

  • 66kW Turbo or 84kW Engine Options
  • 5 or 6-speed Manual Gearbox Options
  • Driver, Passenger, Side & Curtain Airbags
  • Driver & Passenger Airbags
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Integrated Dynamic Control Module (IDM)
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Datsun GO

Datsun GO

Destination: Fun!

Life is spelt ‘Fun’ and independence and freedom is yours! Now you just need to figure out what is the best first new car to buy, right? Enters the bold and funky Datsun GO. Spacious enough to fit in all your friends and their weekend luggage and deliciously affordable with two trim levels – LUX and MID!

Top Features & Facts:

  • 1.2L Engine, FWD, largest in its class
  • Fuel usage: 5.2L/100km
  • Front ventilated disk brakes
  • Manual Central locking
  • Mobile docking station
  • Spinal support front seats
  • Immobilizer & Air conditioner
  • Follow me home headlamps
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Datsun GO+

Datsun GO+

Surf’s Up, Let’s GO!

The sound of thundering waves, the salt on your skin, chasing the tides. That’s life! With its robust, modern looks, affordable price tag, fuel efficiency and plenty of space for surfboards, camping kit, wetsuits and friends galore, you can GO wherever the surf is up in your choice of GO+ LUX or GO+ MID trim levels!

Top Features & Facts:

  • Largest in its class 1.2L Engine
  • Front ventilated disk brakes
  • Fuel usage: 5.2L/100km
  • Mobile docking station
  • Spinal support front seats
  • Air conditioner
  • Follow me home headlamps
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Nissan Almera

Nissan Almera

Smooth Operator

So you aced that Degree, landed your first job and what the best new car to buy might be? You want a car that says ‘going places, watch this space’. The Nissan Almera will make ‘adulting’ fun, in style, every day.

Top Features & Facts:

  • 1.5-litre manual transmission petrol engine
  • ABS with EBD
  • Driver & passenger airbags
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio system with aux input port
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Trip computer
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Nissan NP200

Nissan NP200

Load ‘Em Up and Take it Away!

If you are constantly loading up your gear, your bike and your dog and leaving the city behind, then the NP200 is the lifestyle companion for you. Its no-nonsense attitude, bold exterior, modern flair and Nissan’s legendary reliability makes it a very good first car for guys (and gals!)

Top Features & Facts:

  • 1.6-litre petrol engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Ventilated disk brakes (Front)
  • Drum brakes (Rear)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Electronic anti-theft
  • Power Steering
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Decision Points when Buying Your First Car

Deciding what to buy for your first car can be scary. Where to begin? What to look out for? Here is a list of important points that you need to think through before making your decision. Go through these steps for buying a car for the first time and you can be confident to make the right decision for your needs:

  • What can you afford? Are you buying cash? Can you afford the monthly instalments on a loan agreement, the insurance cover and maintenance costs? Be sure to know exactly what your buying range is before you start shopping.
  • New or Pre-owned? This will impact on your buying choices in terms of budget. Reliability and future maintenance costs are important factors here.
  • Purpose? Will you be travelling long distances or short city sprint? Need more packing space? Will you regularly have passengers or travelling alone?
  • Running Costs? The Automobile Association of South Africa offers a handy calculator on their site which can help determine how much a vehicle’s running cost per kilometre is.
  • Car Insurance? Ask a broker for an estimate. Your age, the age of your driver’s licence, the type of vehicle and where it will be kept, all influence your monthly premium.
  • Safety? Just because you might not be travelling with kids yet, does not mean your safety is not of paramount importance. Thoroughly peruse all safety features of a vehicle.
  • Ride & Handling? When you are considering what first car to get, you are possibly also a newbie driver. Choose a vehicle that you can handle with confidence without feeling intimidated. Consider ease of parking if you will be squeezing into small parking spaces in the city!
  • Fuel Economy? When considering what is a good first car, the fuel usage of is paramount as this cost can quickly eat up what is left of your available budget after your monthly instalment. Get the facts and work out the scenarios.
  • Space? This goes hand-in-hand with the purpose of your first car choice. Will you need to load equipment into your car on a daily basis? Will you be travelling regularly and need sufficient luggage space? Carting around kids or pets?
  • Resale Value? This will be your first car, but not your last car. Further down the line, you might want to sell or trade-in this car on a new one. Do some research on the resale value of your chosen vehicle.
  • The Cool Factor. Last, but not least. Yes, you can get a pretty cool looking vehicle without breaking the bank. Modern-day vehicle manufacturers competitively build affordable cars without compromising on looks and features.

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The Big Question: What is a good first car?

Whether your are wondering about good cars to buy for your first car or specifically looking at what car to buy for first time drivers, we understand these can be overwhelming questions to answer. With so many good first car choices in the market today, we have some advice. Be patient, and speak to experts that have years of experience in the best way to buy a first car.

Our friendly, experienced sales experts, at Group 1 Nissan, will be there for you every step of the way through the process of purchasing your first car. Simply complete the form above or contact us at a showroom near you.

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On the corner of Botha and Van Riebeeck Street (just off the R300) as you enter Kuils River.

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