29 September 2020 · Car Buying Advice & Tips

Which Are Good First Time Cars & Which Can P-Platers Drive

Best Cars for First Time Car Buyers and P-Platers in Queensland

What Car Can P-Platers Drive in Queensland?

With plenty of land to explore, Queensland is the perfect state to own a car. Getting your P-plates and your first car is an exciting time, but you might be wondering, what car can p-platers drive in Queensland? Read on to find out exactly what type of car you’re allowed to drive as a Queensland P-plater, and our top recommendations for P-plater cars.

The rules for P-Platers in Queensland

So, you’ve passed your practical test and got your P-plates. Hooray! It’s an exciting time and you’re probably keen to get your first car so you can get from place A to B on your own. What you have to keep in mind is that there are limitations on what car P-platers can drive in Queensland.

According to the most recent change to the restrictions, P-plate holders in Queensland can drive a vehicle with a power-to-weight ratio of less than 130kW per tonne. However, this rule only applies to cars built after January 1, 2010. For older vehicles, the previous rule continues as follows: P-platers can’t drive…

  • Vehicles with eight cylinders or more
  • Vehicles with more than 210kW output
  • Turbocharged or supercharged petrol vehicles that are not diesel-powered
  • Rotaries with engine displacement of over 1146cc

Sadly, there are valid reasons for these rules, as they are to combat the over-representation of young drivers in fatal accidents and these types of vehicles are considered too risky for young drivers.

Top P-Plater Toyota cars in Queensland

There’s a car for every driver on the market, but you may be feeling overwhelmed about choosing your first. With so much choice, what should you pay attention to? Most common requests that we hear from P-platers (and their parents) is a car that is affordable and safe. Moreover, lighter and smaller cars are easier to start off with, especially in urban areas. Other aspects you might want to pay attention to include:

  • Upkeep and servicing costs
  • Resale value
  • Features
  • Fuel efficiency
All-New Yaris ZR Hyrbid shown with optional two-tone roof

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has been a massive best-seller for first time car buyers, and we have just released the All-New Yaris. Though it may be small, its huge on safety, style and tech, with all the space you need for your big plans. It comes with Toyota Safety Sense[S1] which are significant safety advantages compared to others in its vehicle class, and a 2020 5 Star ANCAP Safety rating, so it ticks all the boxes when it comes to safety for yours, mum’s and dad’s peace of mind.

Additionally, the All-New Yaris comes in a hybrid variant, ensuring not only do you save on fuel costs, approximately $681 annually every year[F1], but your carbon footprint is minimised with 33.33% reduced CO2 emissions[E1].

With once a year servicing capped at $195 every 12 months/15,000kms for 5 years thanks to Toyota Service Advantage^, the Yaris is great on the bank and a nifty first car!

 

Toyota Range for P-Platers

Toyota Corolla

Available as a handy small hatchback or sedan, the Toyota Corolla is a classic P-Plater car! The award-winning Corolla is fun, sporty, tech-packed and like any Toyota, a reliable vehicle that won’t let you down. Slightly larger than the Toyota Yaris, the Corolla provides even more space to get you and your friends to and from activities. Equipped with Toyota Safety Sense[S1], like the Yaris, the Corolla has significant safety features that ensure your safety on the road.

Available in a hybrid variant, save on your fuel costs, approximately $767 annually every year[F2] and reduce your CO2 emissions by 30.22%[E1] for better carbon footprint.

Once a year servicing with Toyota Service Advantage^ for 5 years at a capped price of $180 every 12 months/15,000kms, the Corolla is an all-rounder, economical car and top contender for your first new car!

 

Toyota Range for P-Platers

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR, which stands for ‘Coupe High Rider’, is a conveniently-sized, stylish and sporty SUV.  Agile and responsive, the C-HR is designed for an enjoyable and engaging drive with enough space for the friends and family. It’s fully equipped with Toyota Safety Sense[S1], so again ensures your safety on the road.

Only 1.5cm longer than the Corolla Hatch, the C-HR sits higher, giving you better visibility on the road and of those driving ahead of you.

Also available in a hybrid variant, reduce your CO2 emissions and save on your fuel costs, approximately $937 annually every year[F3].

Thanks to Toyota Service Advantage^, annual service intervals every 12 months/15,000kms will be capped at $200 for 5 years.

Overall, the C-HR is funky, economical and another great pick for a first car!

 

Toyota Range for P-Platers

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular SUVs in Australia, and for good reason. It’s RAV4 Hybrid variant was just awarded Australia’s best-selling car. It’s a mid-sized SUV, with so many great features: technology, design, Toyota Safety Sense[S1] and all the space to get you and all your gear out on an adventure!

Available in hybrid, save on your fuel, approximately $767 every year[F4] as well as lowering your CO2 emissions by 27.21%[E1].

Toyota Service Advantage^ strikes again with 12 months/15,000kms service intervals at a capped price of $215 for 5 years, making ownership costs affordable and predictable.

In summary, the RAV4 is a must have vehicle, it will get you to and from your adventure and everywhere in between. 

 

Need some help choosing?

At Downtown Toyota, we offer a range of new and quality pre-owned cars to choose from. With finance and insurance all available in the showroom, we make buying your next car simple. If you need a hand with finding the right car and finance for you, get in touch with our friendly team.

  • Disclaimers

    [S1]Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.

    [F1] Estimated Yaris Fuel Savings per year is calculated using fuel economy consumption achieved in test conditions (for comparison purposes only) 4.9L/100km for petrol and 3.3L/100km for hybrid with approximately 30,000kms travelled annually with average price of fuel at $1.42/Litre.

    Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted.

    [E1] Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted. Emissions data sourced from Green Vehicles website powered by Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Data valid as of 29 April 2020.

    ^Toyota Service Advantage capped price servicing is model specific at participating dealers only. Maximum payable for standard scheduled servicing (normal operating conditions) for a nominated number of  months/kilometres (whichever occurs first) up to a nominated maximum number of services. Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact a Toyota Dealer for other exclusioins, eligibility and full details.

    [F2] Estimated Corolla Fuel Savings per year is calculated using fuel economy consumption achieved in test conditions (for comparison purposes only) 6.0L/100km for petrol and 4.9L/100km for hybrid with approximately 30,000kms travelled annually with average price of fuel at $1.42/Litre. 

    Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted.

    [F3] Estimated C-HR Fuel Savings per year is calculated using fuel economy consumption achieved in test conditions (for comparison purposes only) 6.5L/100km for petrol and 4.3L/100km for hybrid with approximately 30,000kms travelled annually with average price of fuel at $1.42/Litre. 

    Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted.

    [F4] Estimated RAV4 Fuel Savings per year is calculated using fuel economy consumption achieved in test conditions (for comparison purposes only) 6.5L/100km for petrol and 4.7L/100km for hybrid with approximately 30,000kms travelled annually with average price of fuel at $1.42/Litre. 

    Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted.