10 Cheap Fun Cars For Beginner Drivers

Dan Smith

Buying your first car is one of life's most important decisions. Unfortunately, there are many criteria that prevent you from getting your dream car as your first car, and more often than not it has to do with money. So, to help you decide which car is right for you, we've put together a list that highlights some of the best buys on the market if you're interested in driving a fun and affordable car.Today's List The most expensive sports cars in Australia cost just over $15,000, and some of the cheapest are just over $6,500. Best of all, some of the vehicles we're about to mention are true sports cars that make amazing everyday drivers. Now let's crack.

10/10 BMW E36 3 Series - $6,750

We could have replaced this entry with a BMW E36, but it's one of the most reliable cars BMW has ever produced, so prices are starting to rise again. The E36 3 Series is a versatile platform that can meet the needs of nearly anyone, regardless of the situation.

Blue 1998 BMW 3-series E36 with mountains in the background
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If you're a family man, the E36, a four-door sedan, is available, but there are also coupé and convertible counterparts if you're into that type of thing. You can choose freely from Not to mention the extensive aftermarket support that the E36 3 Series has...

9/10 Mazda MX-5 Miata NC - $8,500

Front 3/4 view of the NC Miata in motion
The third generation Mazda MX-5 Miata (NC) was labeled as the black sheep of the Miata family. Unfortunately it all comes down to size. The NC Miata weighs about 2,500 pounds.

NC Miata rear

It may be heavy because it is a Miata, but it handles like the MX-5. Best of all, the NC Miata is equipped with a 1.8-liter 124-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter 158-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Paying just $8,500 for such an outrageous sports car seems almost guilty.

8/10 Honda Civic Coupe Si (9th Gen) - $10,500

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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you knew it was coming No matter who you are, everyone raves about the Honda Civic as a great first car to buy. But sometimes the Civic can feel a little impersonal and emotionless. That's why we decided to highlight the 9th generation Civic Si Coupe on our list.

2012 Honda Civic Coupe Si
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I found one on CarGurus for just $10,500. In return, you get a pretty impressive front-wheel-drive sports car that puts out nearly 200 horsepower. And because it's a Civic after all, you don't have to stay up late worrying to death about maintenance and repair costs.

7/10 Audi TT (first generation) - $7,500

1999 Audi TT
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The Audi TT is basically the German version of the MX-5 Miata. Both of these cars are small in size, but show a big heart (that's not the size of the engine, unfortunately). These first-generation Audi TTs boast a timeless design and come with either a front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive layout.

1999 Audi TT

It's not blazingly fast, especially considering the smallest 1.8-liter Turbo 4 makes only 150 horsepower, but it's a lot of fun to drive. I wouldn't say mass-produced cars will eventually become classics of the future, but the original Audi TT will almost certainly make you money in the long run. RELATED: Legendary Audi quattro sports car returns

6/10 Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 - $15,450

2013 Subaru BRZ, side view
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Ironically, the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ used to be very cheap, but these days they are more expensive than ever. Does that mean they're unattainable first cars?

Toyota GT86 - Rear
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These rear-wheel-drive Japanese sports cars are powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, making just over 200 horsepower. Needless to say, they aren't ridiculously fast, but they handle sublimely and have immense potential with just a few bolt-ons. We recommend something like this 2013 Subaru BRZ, which sells for $15,450.

5/10 Subaru WRX "Bugeye" - $8,000

2001 Subaru WRX STI
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Face the elephant in the room head-on. Rarely in the history of Suby's existence has a Subaru WRX been virtually free of reliability concerns. However, if you are willing to take risks, the rewards are tremendous.

2001 Subaru WRX STI Rear
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All Subaru WRX "Bug Eye" come standard with all-wheel drive and can also be equipped with a manual gearbox. Some also have his four-cylinder engine turbocharged from the factory. Not only does this make for a near-perfect daily drive regardless of the weather, it also provides a fun driving experience. RELATED: 10 Forced Induction 4-Cylinder Engines That Far Outweigh Their Weight

4/10 Porsche 944 - $10,000

Porsche 944 S2
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Let's turn the hands of the clock back to something timeless and still largely unknown: the Porsche 944. However, the Porsche 944 is a rare case.

Porsche 944 Turbo - side view
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The Porsche 944's four-cylinder engine is under the hood, but still powers the rear wheels. Plus, like the S2 and Turbo, there are different trim levels that offer more performance without sacrificing any utility. RELATED: 10 Reasons Why Porsche Is The Best Car Maker Ever

3/10 Volvo 240 - $6,500

1987 Volvo 240 parked outside
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If all of our previous listings felt a little too flashy for your liking, we have the answer to your prayers. Made in Sweden we believe.

Volvo 240 Turbo Estate
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The Volvo 240 had two body styles, sedan and station wagon. They're all rear-wheel drive, have manual gearboxes, and if you're lucky enough to stumble upon something like the 240 Turbo, can also benefit from performance. The Volvo 240 is nearly bulletproof and cheap, with well-worn models selling for just a few thousand dollars.

2/10 Volkswagen Golf GTI (6th generation) - $12,000

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Some argue that the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a scary car to get first because it's too loud, too fast, and makes you feel like you want to be a race car driver behind the wheel. . However, I don't see any problem with these statements. This seems like all the boxes you'd want your car to have ticked.

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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The 6th generation Volkswagen Golf GTI boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-banger that puts out around 210 horsepower to the front wheels and has either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic DSG transmission. Found a 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI on CarGurus for his $12,000 and under 80,000 miles on the watch, but cheaper, less pristine examples are also available .

1/10 Mini R53 Cooper S - $6,500

R53 Mini Cooper S
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The winner of today's list is definitely the R53 generation Mini Cooper S. This small, innocent front-wheel-drive hatch encases his supercharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and 162 pounds. -Foot Torque.

R53 Mini Cooper S Rear
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It sprints from 0-60 mph in just over seven seconds, but there's another aspect where the supercharged Cooper shines: around curves. Along with a go-kart-like ride, his well-maintained R53 Cooper S costs just $6,500. Source: cargurus.com, ultimatespecs.com