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?

Five-star cars 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

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

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.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >

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Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

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.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review >

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Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

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.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review >

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Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Price from £16,905 Target Price from £15,488

Seat's rival to the Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara 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.

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Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

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.

Read our full Skoda Octavia review >

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Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca

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.

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Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

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.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf review >

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Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 Convertible

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.

Read our full Mazda MX-5 review >

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Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R long-term test report

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.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >

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Ford Fiesta ST

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.

Read our full Ford Fiesta ST review >

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Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran front cornering

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.

Read our full Volkswagen Touran review >

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Skoda Superb

Skoda superb front quarter

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.

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Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

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.

Read our full Skoda Karoq review >

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Skoda Superb Estate

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.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review >

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Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

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.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review >

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Audi A4

Audi A4 driving

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.

Read our full Audi A4 review >

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Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

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.

Read our full Peugeot 5008 review >

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Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

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.

Read our full Volvo XC40 review >

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Audi TT Coupé

Audi TT 2019 right front tracking shot

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.

Read our full Audi TT review >

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Audi A3 Cabriolet

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.

Read our full Audi A3 Cabriolet review >

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Audi TT Roadster

New Abarth 124 Spider vs 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.

Read our full Audi TT Roadster review >

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BMW 5 Series

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.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review >

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BMW 5 Series Touring

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.

Read our full BMW 5 Series Touring review >

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BMW X3

2018 BMW X3 M40i review – price, specs and release date

Price from £39,870 Target Price from £37,749

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

Read our full BMW X3 review >

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Audi Q5

Audi Q5

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.

Read our full Audi Q5 review >

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Porsche 718 Cayman

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.

Read our full Porsche 718 Cayman review >

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Land Rover Discovery

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.

Read our full Land Rover Discovery review >

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Porsche 718 Boxster

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.

Read our full Porsche 718 Boxster review >

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Audi Q7

2017 Audi Q7 E-Tron review

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.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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.

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review >

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Audi A8

Audi A8

Price from £69,955 Target Price from £59,986

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

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon

Mercedes 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.

Read our full Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon review >

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Porsche 911

2019 Porsche 911 (992) front

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.

Read our full Porsche 911 review >

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Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Cabriolet 2019 left side static

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.

Read our full Porsche 911 Cabriolet review >

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

Mercedes S-Class Coupe front

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.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes 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.

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Audi R8

Audi R8 front

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.

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Audi R8 Spyder

2019 Audi R8 Spyder facelift

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.

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McLaren 540C

McLaren 540C

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

Read our full McLaren 540C review >

McLaren 570S

McLaren 570S

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.

Read our full McLaren 570S review >

BMW 3 Series saloon

BMW 3 Series front quarter driving

Price from £32,440 Target Price from £31,731

This latest BMW 3 Series executive saloon reclaimed class leadership from the brilliant Audi A4 thanks to its super strong engines, cosseting interior and superior infotainment system.

Read our full BMW 3 Series review >

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Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace front

Price from £64,495 Target Price from £64,495

Jaguar's first electric car is an SUV with decent space inside and a long range between charges. It should appeal whether you're looking for an electric car or a luxury SUV.

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Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro

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.

Read our full Kia e-Niro review >

Alpine A110

Alpine A110

Price from £46,905 Target Price from £46,905

You may not have heard of Alpine, but you'll certainly enjoy the way its dinky sports car can put a smile on your face, even at sensible speeds.

Read our full Alpine A110 review >

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McLaren 720S

McLaren 720S

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.

Read our full McLaren 720S review >

Citroën Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo

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.

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Skoda Fabia Estate

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.

Read our full Skoda Fabia Estate review >

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Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca 2019 Awards

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.

Read our full Cupra Ateca review >

Our Used Car of the Year award winners

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

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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