Every 5-star car on What Car?

From nimble city cars to stylsih SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical MPVs – this is where you'll find every car which has earned What Car?'s highest road test rating...

Every 5-star car on What Car?

Five-star cars

It's not every day that we give out a five-star road test rating. Any car which acheives this ranking is judged to be outstanding in almost every area.

To gain a five-star rating, a car must beat its rivals at the things which matter most (for example, performance and handling for a sports car, or practicality and comfort in an SUV) without disappointing in less crucial areas.

As such, any car which has a five-star rating is often at the very top of its class – and if you're looking at a new car, our five-star models should be at the very top of any shortlist. You'll see plenty of What Car? Car of the Year Award winners in here, too.

In this story, we'll take you through every car that's been awarded five stars and is still on sale – and we'll show you how you can save money when buying one thanks to What Car? New Car Buying. Let's get started.

*All prices correct at the time of writing

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Price from £9500 What Car? New Car Buying price from £8765

The latest Picanto has leapt ahead of city car rivals including the Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up thanks to its spacious interior, excellent infotainment system on upper trim levels and tidy handling.

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Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

Price from £14,255 What Car? New Car Buying price from £11,258

The Ibiza is one of the best small cars on the market, and the current holder of our Small Car of the Year Award. It's great to drive, spacious inside and has a strong range of engines – of which the 1.0-litre petrol TSI 95 is our recommended choice.

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Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Price from £13,715 What Car? New Car Buying price from £11,945

The Fiesta has long been the benchmark small car for driving fun and this latest version continues that tradition. However, it also offers a classier interior than its predecessor and swaps that car's fiddly, button-heavy infotainment system for a more user-friendly touchscreen.

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Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Price from £13,860 What Car? New Car Buying price from £13,207

The Polo is one of the best small cars you can buy right now, offering a superb interior that's surprisingly spacious, a peppy range of engines and impressive refinement.

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Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Price from £16,750 What Car? New Car Buying price from £14,129

Seat's Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara rival is our favourite small SUV. It's roomier than most other cars in this class, offers tidy handling, and will hold on to its value well too.

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Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

Price from £17,700 What Car? New Car Buying price from £15,263

The Octavia is quite simply the best family hatchback you can buy. There are more stylish options, but if your priorities are a comfortable ride, loads of space and generous standard equipment for a very affordable price, then little gets close.

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Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca

Price from £18,675 What Car? New Car Buying price from £15,457

The Ateca was Seat's first attempt at cracking the SUV market, and it was an excellent one. With a deceptively spacious and comfortable interior, class-leading handling and keen pricing, it remains one of the best family SUVs on the market.

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Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Price from £19,295 What Car? New Car Buying price from £17,268

Ask 10 people to name a family car and chances are most of them will mention the Volkswagen Golf. It's consistently among the most popular new cars sold in the UK, and with good reason: with such a wide range of engines and versions on offer – from frugal petrols through to diesels and even electric versions – there's a model to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.

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Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

Price from £18,995 What Car? New Car Buying price from £17,314

If you're looking for a sports car that won't cost you a fortune to buy and run, then there's no better choice than the MX-5. It combines a roof that's quick and easy to fold with hugely entertaining handling and tempting pricing, and even averages almost 50mpg in real-world conditions.

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Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Price from £18,815 What Car? New Car Buying price from £17,808

Honda has a long history with the Type R badge, but this latest hot Civic is a revelation. Very few rivals can match either its pace or its fun driving style, and we like the performance-oriented touches made to its interior too.

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Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

Price from £19,295 What Car? New Car Buying price from £18,582

This go-faster version of the Ford Fiesta is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine producing a heady 197bhp. It's outrageous fun to drive quickly, but what's truly impressive is that it's still every bit as practical as the regular car. Indeed, you'll struggle to find as much driving pleasure for so little money.

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Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran

Price from £23,400 What Car? New Car Buying price from £18,889

The Touran is our reigning champion in the MPV market, because it's spacious, good to drive and feels very well built. It does carry a premium price tag, but hefty discounts ensure this isn't a problem.

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Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

Price from £22,120 What Car? New Car Buying price from £19,162

The Skoda Superb is comfortable, well equipped, great value for money and one of the roomiest cars in its class. It's a car that truly lives up to its name, then, and we like Skoda's extra touches, for example the umbrellas hidden inside each door.

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Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

Price from £20,880 What Car? New Car Buying price from £19,676

This replacement for the Yeti combines superb practicality with a comfortable ride, plus it's available with luxurious features such as virtual instruments and gesture control. Indeed, the Karoq is so good that it's our 2018 Family SUV of the Year.

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Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate

Price from £23,440 What Car? New Car Buying price from £20,322

Having extolled the virtues of the regular Skoda Superb already, you'd be safe in thinking that this more spacious version is, if anything, even better. Well, you're absolutely right. In increasing the amount of storage space offered in the Superb, Skoda has made an already good car great.

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Price from £27,290 What Car? New Car Buying price from £21,973

If you're looking for a car to make you consider electric motoring, then the Nissan Leaf is surely it. It's good to drive, offers punchy performance and a decent driving range too. Add in a large boot and a decent array of standard equipment, and it's easy to see why the Leaf is our current Electric Car of the Year.

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Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Price from £24,095 What Car? New Car Buying price from £22,193

On the face of it, the fact that Mazda's largest SUV doesn't offer the option of seven seats puts it at a disadvantage. However, if you don't need to transport more than five people, it's one of the very best cars of its kind.

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Audi A4

Audi A4

Price from £27,815 What Car? New Car Buying price from £24,781

Audi's executive saloon is a former What Car? Car of the Year. You can choose from a strong range of petrol and diesel engines, but our favourite 3.0-litre diesel option combines punchy performance with good fuel economy. The A4's interior is at the top of this class for quality, too.

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Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

Price from £27,270 What Car? New Car Buying price from £25,250

The old 5008 was a fairly frumpy MPV, but now it's been reinvented as a tech-heavy large SUV that's both stylish and practical. We like its comfortable ride, its flexible seating and its low CO2 emissions.

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Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

Price from £27,610 What Car? New Car Buying price from £26,476

Volvo's smallest SUV is brimming with both style and kit, while also being spacious inside and one of the very best SUVs to drive. It's so good, in fact, that we named it as our Car of the Year for 2018.

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Audi TT

Audi TT

Price from £28,855 What Car? New Car Buying price from £26,548

The latest TT is fantastic to drive and, as long as you except that the rear seats are really just for coats and bags, surprisingly easy to live with. The controls are light yet precise, it has a comfortable ride and the interior is one of the classiest around.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Price from £29,685 What Car? New Car Buying price from £27,239

This open-top version of the regular Audi A3 family hatchback is great to drive and fantastic to sit in, and comes with one of the best interiors you're likely to find in this class. It will also hold on to its value well.

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Audi TT Roadster

Audi TT Roadster

Price from £30,605 What Car? New Car Buying price from £28,154

The TT Roadster is fantastic to drive and, as long as you don’t need more than two seats, surprisingly easy to live with. The controls are light yet precise, its fully electric roof can be raised or lowered quickly and – just like the TT Coupé – the interior is one of the classiest around.

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BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

Price from £36,715 What Car? New Car Buying price from £32,786

The 5 Series won our overall Car of the Year Award in 2017, and remains the best luxury car you can buy. Its interior quality puts rivals which cost twice as much to shame, plus it's great to drive, and incredibly quiet and comfortable.

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Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Price from £32,795 What Car? New Car Buying price from £32,795

The Focus RS transcends the term of hot hatchback – it's what you might call a megahatch. Under the bonnet is a 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 345bhp, and which sends its power to all four wheels. As you'd expect, the Focus RS feels very fast indeed, but what sealed the deal on it being a five-star car was its rewarding handling and slow depreciation.

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Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Price from £39,040 What Car? New Car Buying price from £33,409

The GTE is a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat and Passat Estate. It's powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, working in conjunction with an electric motor – so you can drive for up to 31 miles on electric power alone. Low emissions make it an excellent choice for company car drivers.

Read our full Volkswagen Passat GTE review >

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring

Price from £39,005 What Car? New Car Buying price from £34,828

The BMW 5 Series Touring is based on our Car of the Year for 2017, the 5 Series saloon. We've been impressed by its classy interior, its massive storage space and its strong range of engines.

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BMW X3

BMW X3

Price from £39,120 What Car? New Car Buying price from £36,488

The X3 is a popular sight on UK roads, and with good reason: it's superb to drive, has a high-quality interior and a class-leading infotainment system.

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Audi Q5

Audi Q5

Price from £40,175 What Car? New Car Buying price from £37,057

Looking for a plush large SUV? Surely the Audi Q5 is already on your shortlist. And so it should be, because it's superb to drive and relatively cheap to run, yet also comes with one of the best interiors you'll find in any new car.

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Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman

Price from £43,467 What Car? New Car Buying price from £43,467

Porsche fans may have been split when the Cayman adopted a turbocharged petrol engine, but they needn't have worried. This is still one of the most fun sports cars you can drive, with agile handling and raucous power. It has a classy interior, too.

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Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

Price from £47,405 What Car? New Car Buying price from £44,759

The Discovery is one of the finest large SUVs around right now. It's huge inside, both for your passengers and their luggage, is brimming with technology, has a comfortable interior and is just as capable off-road as on it.

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Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche 718 Boxster

Price from £45,328 What Car? New Car Buying price from £45,328

Like its Cayman sibling, the Porsche Boxster has long been a symbol of how to own an entertaining and prestigous sports car without breaking the bank. The 718 is, in fact, the cheapest convertible Porsche makes, and it's hugely entertaining to drive quickly.

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BMW M2

BMW M2

Price from £49,805 What Car? New Car Buying price from £47,867

Given that there's no fully fledged 'M' version of BMW's 1 Series, the M2 is the entry-point into the German manufacturer's high performance sub-brand. As you'd expect, the M2 is fast – its power comes from a 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine producing 365bhp, remember – but it's also quite practical for a sports car.

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Audi Q7

Audi Q7

Price from £51,525 What Car? New Car Buying price from £48,025

Audi's luxury SUV is the best car of its kind. It's relaxing to drive, comfortable to sit in and pleasantly efficient to run, while the interior is plush enough to shame most luxury saloons. As if all that weren't enough, the Q7 is extremely practical, offering plenty of space for families and their luggage.

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BMW M3

BMW M3

Price from £59,905 What Car? New Car Buying price from £54,511

Counting the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio among its closest rivals, the BMW M3 is the achetypal sports saloon. It's twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine sends its power to the rear wheels, leading to some incredibly fun moments. It's an aggressive car, sure, but remains comfortable and elegant inside.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Price from £61,235 What Car? New Car Buying price from £60,874

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a classic sports saloon – it has a big engine up the front (a 2.9-litre V6 petrol in this case) – offers sweet handling and is capable of crossing whole countries in a flash. Better than that, though, it's also fairly practical, being based on the standard Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review >

Audi A8

Audi A8

Price from £69,415 What Car? New Car Buying price from £63,276

The A8’s blend of performance, comfort and refinement make it the most relaxing luxury limo you can buy. It's the car that finally knocked the Mercedes S-Class off its perch.

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Mercedes S-Class saloon

Mercedes S-Class saloon

Price from £81,395 What Car? New Car Buying price from £69,491

Picture a luxury limousine and you'll probably be thinking of Mercedes' largest saloon, the S-Class. It's been around for a long time, but is still among the most comfortable and luxurious ways to travel. We like its composed handling and great refinement.

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Audi SQ7

Audi SQ7

Price from £74,385 What Car? New Car Buying price from £69,494

Like the look of Audi's Q7 luxury SUV but also want hot-hatch levels of performance? Welcome to the SQ7. Power is supplied by a 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine producing 429bhp, and there's not one turbocharger but two to feed it air. Despite its heady speed, though, this Q7 remains elegant and comfortable inside and very practical too.

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Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Price from £78,776 What Car? New Car Buying price from £78,776

The 911 badge has been around for a very long time, and yet Porsche's most iconic sports car remains one of the very best on sale. It's fantastic to drive, usable every day and has a beautifully furnished interior.

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Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Price from £88,027 What Car? New Car Buying price from £88,027

If you want 911-style performance but also fancy the wind in your hair, then the 911 Cabriolet should be your next port of call. Like its coupé sibling, it offers superb handling and a smart interior, and it's also surprisingly practical for a performance convertible.

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Mercedes S-Class Coupé

Mercedes S-Class Coupé

Price from £103,745 What Car? New Car Buying price from £94,679

How do you make the already excellent Mercedes S-Class saloon even better? Simple, you take away two of its doors and turn it into a coupé. This S-Class is every bit as luxurious and comfortable as its limousine sibling, but is even more stunning to look at.

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Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

Price from £115,950 What Car? New Car Buying price from £103,530

This is the third version of Mercedes' S-Class to grace this list, which gives you an idea of just how good it was to start off with. If neither the saloon nor the coupé versions float your boat, then this convertible combines luxury and comfort with wind-in-your-hair thrills.

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Audi R8

Audi R8

Price from £112,520 What Car? New Car Buying price from £110,874

If you're looking for a high-end sports car that's also usable every day, then Audi's most expensive model could be the perfect place to start. It's fast and fun, yes, but also has a high-quality interior and good refinement when needed. It's one of the most well rounded sports cars on sale today.

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Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder

Price from £121,210 What Car? New Car Buying price from £119,433

This convertible version of the R8 Coupé uses the same naturally aspirated V10 petrol engine as the Lamborghini Huracan, and unlike some high-end convertibles it feels absolutely rigid through bends. It's got the same quality interior as its fixed-roof sibling, too.

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McLaren 540C

McLaren 540C

Price from £128,125 What Car? New Car Buying price from £128,125

"Surprisingly usable, shockingly rapid and great fun to drive, even at everyday speeds" – with a road test verdict like that, need we say more?

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McLaren 570S

McLaren 570S

Price from £148,275 What Car? New Car Buying price from £147,965

With a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, a hunkered-down driving position and stylish looks, McLaren has followed the supercar recipe to the letter in creating the 570S. And the result is outstanding: it's incredibly fast, entertaining at any speed and has a surprisingly large boot.

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Ferrari 488

Ferrari 488

Price from £184,914 What Car? New Car Buying price from £184,914

It's perhaps only fitting that this list should end with a Ferrari, but what an example of the breed it is. The 488 GTB is the successor to the 458 Italia, and offers blistering pace thanks to its V8 petrol engine. It's also surprisingly easy to live with.

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Our Used Car of the Year award winners

Our Used Car of the Year award winners

So those are all of What Car?'s five-star new cars, and we think there's something on that list to fit every need and budget. However, if you can't stretch to one of these models, then how about looking at the used market instead? Click the link below to see all of the winners of our annual Used Car of the Year awards.

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