The main aspect of any driveway is the excavation. Then undertaking a soak away, adding an earth separation, weed suppressant, ground stabilisation (membrane) these are the basics in ensuring a good long lasting sub base.
Once this is installed at the correct level and the correct Type one recycled or quarried material is in rolled and compacted to the correct compaction rate. What you have as a finish is up to you.
There are no shortcuts for the most effective driveway without impacting on quality but the quickest and cheapest driveway is shingle, which can cover a large area quickly at 30mm to 50mm deep max.
This however means that foxes, cats etc will find your driveway a nice place to leave little present and any cigarette ends or litter can be a nuisance to pick out.