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We've rounded up some key news items that affect new or young drivers.

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Golf named Best Car for New Drivers in 2019
by Auto Trader

The Volkswagen Golf has been presented with a wonderful accolade, as it took home Auto Trader’s 'Best Car for New Drivers in 2019' award.

The motoring publication interviewed 63,000 car owners across a number of platforms, including social media.

Owners were asked about their demographic and driving habits, rating their cars using 16 different criteria including reliability, performance, appearance and running costs.

They were also asked about their overall satisfaction with the car and how likely they would be to recommend it to others. The Golf was a firm favourite among respondents, taking home the Best Car for New Drivers in 2019 award.

Great news! Visit our dealerships in Gillingham or Ashford in Kent to test drive one today.

Auto Trader award for new drivers 2019

The Volkswagen Polo has won the Safe Car of the year award 2018 at the First Car Awards 2018.

First Car Awards are directed at promoting support and safety for learner and new or young drivers and rewarding manufacturers for their contribution.

See more detail and the full list of winners here.

The way MOTs are carried out is being changed and updated in May 2018.

Don't worry, it's all good stuff and makes the test a lot clearer and easier to understand.

Read all about it here.

The new WLTP or Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure is a new test to measure:

  • fuel consumption
  • CO2 emissions
  • pollutant emissions

It is an international standard that is being set up to give ratings that are more relevant to real world driving conditions and reflect modern driving habits. Factors such as the weight of the car and the accessories that can be fitted to it are to be included in the assessment.This will help consumers to make a more informed decision on their new car purchase.

Read all about it here.


From 4th June 2018 Learner Drivers will be allowed on the motorway.

Click here to get the full story, but please be aware of a couple of key points:

  • Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • They will need to be driving a car fitted with dual controls
  • The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.