Buying A Car - How to spec a car

13 August 2012

Considering a new car? Then don't get lost in the spec list, or spend more cash than you really need to. Let guide you through the options list to help build your perfect car.

We've got 'how to spec' guides for the most popular cars and latest models, and we'll be adding more all the time – so don't forget to check here before ticking any boxes.

How to spec guides…
Follow our guides to build your perfect car.

Audi A1
The Audi A1 is a brilliant car – so good it was our 2011 Car of the Year. However, once you begin to spec an Audi A1 there are still some choices to make that can turn your good decision into a great one. Here, we show you how.
How to spec your Audi A1

Audi A3
The Audi A3 Sportback marked its arrival by being named the 2013 What Car? Car of the Year and it’s hard to go wrong with the A3 range, but some models are more appropriate than others for certain owners.
How to spec an Audi A3

Audi Q3
Thinking about buying an Audi Q3? Good choice, but if you're confused about what kit to choose and what to ignore, our simple guide will help you spec the ideal version.
How to spec an Audi Q3

Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster is already forging a reputation for offering value for money, with a series of incredibly low starting prices helping underline the image. Here's how to get the best Duster for your cash.
How to spec a Dacia Duster

Ford Fiesta
With so many versions to choose from, picking the right Fiesta can seem daunting. Not with our spec guide.
How to spec a Ford Fiesta

Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is one of the UK's most popular cars, but with so many engine and spec choices which one you buy?
How to spec a Ford Focus

Nissan Qashqai
With its funky, chunky styling and the option of two- or four-wheel drive the Nissan Qashqai has proved to be a huge hit with UK car buyers. We show you how to pick a cracker.
How to spec a Nissan Qashqai

Mazda 6
Mazda has some established executive saloons in its sights, but with a range of bodystyles, engines and trims to choose from, picking the right one takes some thought. Here's how we'd spec a Mazda 6
How to spec a Mazda 6

Mercedes-Benz A-Class
The Mercedes A-Class is flawed in several key areas, making it crucial to get the specification and trim level right. Here's our guide to doing just that.
How to spec a Mercedes A-Class

Mini Coupe
The Mini Coupe has bags of style and is great fun, but there are several engines, trims and countless options available. You could easily spend far more than is necessary. So, if you're thinking of buying, let us save you some cash with our guide to getting the best Mini for your money.
How to spec a Mini Coupe

Range Rover
It’s fair to say that every version of the all-new Range Rover comes with good equipment levels and an impressive engine, but it's still crucial to make the right choices.
How to spec a Range Rover

Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is one of the most desirable cars in its class. This means discounts are hard to find, but our simple guide to choosing the best trim and options will help you get your ideal Evoque for the best price.
How to spec a Range Rover Evoque

VW Beetle
The new Beetle somehow manages to keep its retro styling yet still looks bang up to date, but you shouldn't buy a car on its looks alone.
How to spec a Volkswagen Beetle

VW Golf
With around 40 models to choose from, how do you pick the best Golf for your needs and how should you spec it? Here's our guide to help you.
How to spec a VW Golf

The VW Up is our Car of the Year 2012 but before you head to the showroom to place your order, take a look at our step-by-step guide to buying the perfect Up.
How to spec a VW Up

Volvo V40
Want a stylish alternative to a VW Golf? The Volvo V40 could be for you - if you get the right version. Here's how.
How to spec a Volvo V40

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By Pete Barden

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