Every 5-star car on What Car?: practical cars
From nimble city cars to stylish SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical family hatchbacks – this is where you'll find every car which has earned our highest road test rating...
Okay, it's the same as the Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life underneath, but the Berlingo’s keener pricing, better level of standard equipment and slightly plusher feel make it an even better buy. Add in its hugely spacious interior and soft ride, and few cars are as relaxing, especially for the money.
Just because you're wearing your sensible trousers when buying a new MPV, it doesn’t mean you have to slum it. Opt for a Volkswagen Touran and you’ll find the same level of plushness that you’d get in a Golf, but with far greater practicality. All five of its rear seats feature Isofix child seat mounting points and enough space for adults. And the Touran even drives well.
BMW 5 Series Touring
The latest 5 Series Touring is BMW at the top of its game. This is a hugely appealing luxury estate car because it's comfortable, quiet and enjoyable to drive, with an interior that's as classy as it is practical. Plus, standard self-levelling suspension helps it cope with the heftiest of loads.
Skoda Superb Estate
Having extolled the practicality of the regular Superb already, you'd be safe in thinking that this more spacious estate version is, if anything, even better. Well, you're absolutely right. In increasing the amount of storage space, Skoda has made an already great car truly outstanding.
Skoda Octavia Estate
Considering its size, there's very little else which can match the Skoda Octavia Estate for sheer carrying capacity, but there's more to this family estate than just space. It also has a supple ride, a relatively plush interior and a frugal range of engines – including a plug-in hybrid version which will be especially tempting for company car drivers.
The Ranger is our reigning champion in the pick-up truck market, because it rides well, has a gutsy range of engines and is competitively priced too. It can put in a hard shift all day, and then be comfy enough to use as family transport in the evening. As an all-rounder, it's hard to beat.
The Amarok is the most car-like pick-up truck to drive, and considering the commercial nature of this type of car, that's a big compliment. Indeed, the Amarok offers a decent load-bay and a strong range of engines, thus pleasing drivers who want to use it as a working car, but its spacious, well built interior means it will please families, too.
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