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Driving instructors are some of the most important people on Britain's roads today.

They spend most of their time in their car, and it acts as their office space as well as their tool for teaching.

It's imperative that they choose the right vehicle for them, so we've come up with a few rules for what a good driving school car needs to be:

Economical - Because driving instructors cover so many miles, it's imperative that the car they are using returns an exceptional level of miles per gallon, this keeps costs as low as possible.

Compact - Learning to drive is a daunting enough, without having to manoeuvre a huge car. It's better for the learner and the instructor if the car is more compact, smaller, for ease.

- Most driving instructors use their cars as their only means of transport. So, while the smaller size is important for the learner, it is also valuable for the instructor to have a car that is practical and spacious too.

Low service costs - Most cars need servicing every 10,000 miles, so servicing costs must be a consideration when purchasing a driving school car. You’ll be servicing the car two or three times a year, so we've included the service schedule in each car.

Safe -
Above all, the car needs to be safe. New cars today have a lot more active and passive safety features, and can protect you and your learner driver better in the event of an accident.


1. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa Driving School

The Corsa has been a favourite of driving school owners for many years. Here’s the reasons why:

·         Great to drive

·         Easy and ergonomic controls

·         Can be equipped with a very economical 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX diesel engine

·         £20 annual road tax

·         Standard-fit safety features (scored 5* for adult occupant safety in Euro NCAP testing)

·         20,000-mile service intervals for 1.3 CDTi engine helps to keep costs down

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2. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta Driving School

An easy choice for many driving instructors, the Fiesta was recently named as our bestselling used car and the bestselling new car of all time in the UK.

·         Economical diesel engine

·         No annual road tax

·         Pulls strongly and smoothly through gears

·         Easy to drive on dual carriageway and motorway

·         5* rating for adult occupant safety by Euro NCAP

·         ESP + traction control

·         With top spec Titanium-X trim, tyre pressure monitoring system will let you know when you have a flat tyre

·         Keyless entry

·         Service intervals are 12,500 miles

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3. Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3 Driving School

The DS3 is not the best-known driving school car, but it's certainly one of the best for the job. It's probably the most stylish car in this list, especially in new Dsport form with the brand-new Xenon headlight configuration.

·         Easy to drive

·         Clear, bright, easy-to-read dials

·         Handy gear-change indicator

·         Economical in diesel format

·         No annual road tax

·         Scored 5* for adult occupant safety in Euro NCAP

·         12,500-mile service intervals

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4. Renault Clio

Renault Clio Driving School Car

The Renault Clio is better than ever, and looks right at home with a driving school sign on top of its roof.

·         Spacious, but still compact

·         Satellite navigation

·         Parking sensors

·         Privacy glass

·         No annual road tax

·         Wide range of safety features

·         5* Euro NCAP safety rating

·         18,000-mile service intervals

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5. Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108 Driving School Car

Sometimes it's best to have a smaller car for your driving school, and for that job you'll want a new Peugeot 108.

·         Customisable

·         Cheap to run

·         £20 annual road tax

·         Satellite navigation

·         High standard technology

·         Reversing camera

·         Great safety features

·         25,000-mile service intervals

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6. Nissan Note

Nissan Note Driving School Car

One of the most spacious cars on this list, the Nissan Note looks the part thanks to recent upgrades to the front-end styling.

·         No annual road tax

·         Reversing sensors and camera

·         Front camera

·         4* Euro NCAP rating

·         Great safety features

·         18,000-mile service intervals

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BONUS CAR: Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall Adam

We’ve included the Vauxhall Adam as our final pick of the best cars for driving instructors. We've based this on the fact that if you really want to stand out from the crowd, have a car that truly attracts attention (and potential customers).

·         One million possible colour/wheel/interior/trim/decal customisable combinations

·         4* Euro NCAP test rating

·         Great safety features

·         20,000-mile service intervals

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