Cheap car insurance quotes for young drivers

Car insurance for young drivers

By Anita Shargall Monday 26 February 2018

New to the road? We’ll help you find an affordable car insurance policy if you’re a young driver.

Young drivers insurance

Car insurance for young drivers is expensive because young motorists are considered statistically riskier drivers by insurers, so are more likely to make a claim.

Young drivers aged 17 to 24 paid an average of £1,183 for fully comprehensive car insurance in June 2017, according to MoneySuperMarket data.


For new drivers who are 17-24 years old, the average annual premium for a fully comp policy is £1,183

MoneySuperMarket data. Correct as of February 2018

What are the cheapest cars to insure for young drivers?

The cheapest cars to insure for drivers under 25 are:

Car manufacturer and make

Average annual premium

Fiat 500


Ford Ka


Citreon C1


Peugeot 107


Fiat Panda


Renault Twingo


Toyota Aygo


Suzuki Alto


Toyota Iq


Data collated between August 2017 and Jan 2018, from cars in insurance groups 1-3, and manufactured from 2006 onwards. Based on car insurance quotes run on MoneySuperMarket.


As the data shows, your dream car might not be the best option if your priority is saving money on your car insurance. It pays to do your research, and opt for a model which could be cheaper to insure.

As a younger driver, you’ve probably got a few car models in mind already. Our car insurance comparison service lets you research different types of car to get an idea of what cover you could get, and at what cost.


19% of 18 & 19 year olds have made at least one claim on their car insurance policy

MoneySuperMarket data. Correct as of June 2017

Types of car insurance

Third party car insurance is the minimum level of insurance required by law, followed by third party fire and theft (TPF&T), which offers you more protection for your vehicle, and finally fully comprehensive car insurance, which is the most extensive level of cover.

It’s important to compare all levels of cover because fully comprehensive is not always the most expensive option, contrary to what you might expect. This is because third party and TPF&T have become the reflex choice of risky drivers looking to save money, which has prompted insurance companies to raise the price of these policies.

In fact, an average third party only will set you back around £500 more than a fully comprehensive policy, if you are a young driver.


A telematics policy is on average £201.64 cheaper for 17-21 year old drivers

MoneySuperMarket data. Correct as of June 2017

Consider the ‘telematics’ option

Whether you call it ‘black box’ or ‘telematics’ car insurance, this satellite technology offers an effective way to lower the cost of car insurance for young drivers.

It works by using a small transmitter in your car to relay information on your driving style and driving patterns back to your insurer so they can base the price of your premium on how you actually drive and less on how people in your age group drive.

In some instances, the information is relayed via an app you download to your phone.

This approach is viewed as a fairer way of pricing policies and has seen many young drivers have their premiums significantly reduced.

Learn more about telematics car insurance.


Cheapest cars to insure

MoneySuperMarket data. Correct as of January 2018

Cutting car insurance costs

The good news, is that there are a number of ways for younger drivers to cut the cost of car insurance

1. Run a price comparison quote

By using our comparison tool you can instantly compare car insurance quotes to find the best cover to suit your motoring and financial requirements.

2. Improve your driving skills

Some insurers will reduce your premium if you have completed Pass Plus.

3. Add a named driver

But remember it’s crucial that the person who does the most driving in that car is listed as the ‘main driver’.

4. Pay upfront

Paying monthly can cost more due to the interest charged on instalments.

5. Pay a voluntary excess

Keep in mind that, after a certain level of excess, the cost of cover doesn’t change, and you must be sure that you can afford the level of excess that you have set for yourself.

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