Every 5-star car on What Car?
From nimble city cars to stylish 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?
It's not every day that we give out a five-star road test rating, because any car that achieves this is judged to be outstanding in almost every area.
To gain a five-star rating, a car must beat its rivals at the things that 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 that has a five-star rating is often at the very top of its class, and if you're looking for a new car, these should be at the very top of your shortlist. Of course, 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 has 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
Price from £9720 Target Price from £9364
The latest Kia 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.
Price from £15,125 Target Price from £13,178
The Seat Ibiza is one of the best small cars on the market. It's great to drive, it's spacious inside and it has a strong range of engines – of which the 1.0 TSI 95 turbo petrol is our recommended choice.
Price from £14,235 Target Price from £13,194
The Volkswagen Polo is the current holder of our Small Car of the Year Award, offering a superb interior that's surprisingly spacious, a peppy range of engines and impressive refinement.
Price from £18,310 Target Price from £16,823
The Skoda 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, little gets close.
Price from £21,880 Target Price from £19,676
The Ateca was Seat's first attempt at cracking the SUV market, but 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.
Price from £18,765 Target Price from £17,196
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 an electric version), there's a model to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.
Price from £18,995 Target Price from £17,965
If you're looking for a sports car that won't cost you a fortune to buy and run, there's no better choice than the Mazda MX-5. It combines a roof that's quick and easy to fold with hugely entertaining handling and tempting pricing, and it even averages almost 50mpg in real-world conditions.
Honda Civic Type R
Price from £31,525 Target Price from £30,775
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 dynamics, and we like the sporty touches made to its interior, too.
Ford Fiesta ST
Price from £20,695 Target Price from £19,572
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.
Price from £24,045 Target Price from £19,054
The Volkswagen Touran is our reigning champion in the MPV market, because it's spacious, good to drive and feels very well built. It carries a premium price tag, but hefty discounts ensure this shouldn't be a problem.
Price from £22,130 Target Price from £20,213
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, such as the umbrellas hidden inside the front doors.
Price from £21,940 Target Price from £33,360
The replacement for the popular Yeti combines excellent practicality with a comfortable ride, plus it's available with luxurious features such as a digital instrument display and gesture control for the infotainment system.
Skoda Superb Estate
Price from £23,410 Target Price from £21,378
Having extolled the virtues of the regular Skoda 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 in the Superb, Skoda has made an already good car great.
Price from £25,595 Target Price from £24,328
On the face of it, the fact that Mazda's biggest model 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 large SUVs.
Price from £28,725 Target Price from £26,081
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 2.0-litre diesel option combines punchy performance with good fuel economy. The A4's interior is at the top of this class for quality, too.
Price from £26,725 Target Price from £25,048
The old 5008 was a fairly frumpy MPV, but it has been reinvented as a tech-heavy large SUV that's both stylish and practical. We like its comfortable ride, flexible seating and low CO2 emissions.
Price from £28,310 Target Price from £27,212
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 2018 Car of the Year.
Audi TT Coupé
Price from £31,350 Target Price from £30,075
The latest Audi TT Coupé 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. Its controls are light yet precise, its ride is comfortable and its interior is one of the classiest around.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Price from £29,985 Target Price from £27,800
This open-top version of the Audi A3 family hatchback is great to drive and fantastic to sit in, and it has one of the best interiors you'll find in this class. It will also hold on to its value well.
Audi TT Roadster
Price from £33,280 Target Price from £31,741
The TT Roadster is fantastic to drive and, so long as you don’t need more than two seats, surprisingly easy to live with. Its controls are light yet precise, its fully electric roof can be raised or lowered quickly and – just like the TT Coupé – it has one of the classiest interiors around.
BMW 5 Series
Price from £36,975 What Car? New Car Buying price from £33,736
The BMW 5 Series won our overall Car of the Year Award in 2017, and it remains the best luxury car you can buy. Its interior quality puts some rivals that cost twice as much to shame, plus it's great to drive and incredibly quiet and comfortable.
BMW 5 Series Touring
Price from £39,765 Target Price from £36,178
The BMW 5 Series Touring is the estate version of our 2017 Car of the Year, the 5 Series saloon. We've been impressed by its classy interior, its massive storage space and its strong range of engines.
Price from £40,525 Target Price from £36,986
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 has one of the best interiors you'll find in any new car.
Porsche 718 Cayman
Price from £44,959 Target Price from £44,959
Porsche fans may have been split when the Cayman adopted a turbocharged petrol engine, but they needn't have worried, because this is still one of the most fun sports cars to drive, with agile handling and raucous power. It has a classy interior, too.
Land Rover Discovery
Price from £47,405 Target Price from £44,984
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 the road as on it.
Porsche 718 Boxster
Price from £46,820 Target Price from £46,820
Like its Cayman sibling, the Porsche Boxster has long been a symbol of how to own an entertaining and prestigious sports car without breaking the bank. The 718 Boxster is, in fact, the cheapest convertible Porsche makes, and it's hugely entertaining to drive quickly.
Price from £53,250 Target Price from £48,502
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 its 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.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Price from £63,500 Target Price from £61,961
The Alfa Romeo 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 Giulia executive car.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon
Price from £75,285 Target Price from £63,386
Picture a luxury limousine and you'll probably be thinking of Mercedes' largest saloon, the S-Class. It has been around for a long time and is still among the most comfortable and luxurious ways to travel. We particularly like its composed handling and great refinement.
Price from £78,776 Target Price from £78,776
The 911 badge has been around for a very long time, and yet Porsche's most iconic model remains one of the very best sports cars on sale. It's fantastic to drive, it's usable every day and has a beautifully furnished interior.
Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Price from £88,027 Target Price from £88,027
If you want great performance but also fancy the wind in your hair, the 911 Cabriolet should be your next port of call. Like the regular coupé, it offers superb handling and a smart interior, plus it's surprisingly practical for a performance convertible.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé
Price from £105,874 Target Price from £92,891
How do you make the already excellent 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.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
Price from £117,670 Target Price from £101,338
This is the third version of the S-Class to grace this list, which gives you an idea of just how good it is to start off with. If neither the saloon nor the coupé versions float your boat, this convertible combines luxury and comfort with open-air thrills.
Price from £128,200 What Car? New Car Buying price from £128,200
If you're looking for a supercar that's usable every day, 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 models on sale today.
Audi R8 Spyder
Price from £136,890 Target Price from £136,890
This convertible version of the R8 uses the same naturally aspirated V10 petrol engine as the Lamborghini Huracán, and unlike some high-end convertibles it remains absolutely rigid through bends. It has got the same high-quality interior as its fixed-roof sibling, too.
"Surprisingly usable, shockingly rapid and great fun to drive, even at everyday speeds". With a road test verdict like that, need we say more?
With a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, a hunkered-down driving position and stylish looks, McLaren 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.
BMW 3 Series saloon
The Kia e-Niro family SUV is the best electric car around right now, offering an impressive driving experience and a long real-world range at a price that might cause more expensive rivals to tremble in their tyres. It's so good, in fact, that we named it our 2019 Car of the Year.
The McLaren 720S is a serious supercar. It's staggeringly fast and involving, yes, but also perfectly usable every day. It offers stunning handling and superb visibility yet remains comfortable.
Price from £19,425 Target Price from £17,389
For the money the Citroën Berlingo offers unrivalled interior space, and a relaxing ride. It's also better-trimmed inside then a Vauxhall Combo Life and slightly nicer to drive than a Peugeot Rifter — cars that are otherwise identical.
Skoda Fabia Estate
Price from £14,155 Target Price from £13,389
We think the Fabia Estate is one of the best cars in this class, because it's spacious and practical, good to drive, comes with plenty of kit and is sensibly priced. In short, it's everything we love about the regular Skoda Fabia, only with more space.
As the inaugural winner of our Sports SUV of the Year award, the Cupra Ateca is proof that performance and practicality can meet in a glorious package that's excellent fun to drive. The fact that it's also surprisingly affordable only sweetens the deal.
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.