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...

30 Dec 2019 08:00

Every 5-star car on What Car?

Volkswagen Polo, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi Q7, Range Rover Evoque

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. Let's get started.

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

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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 >>

Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

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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 >>

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

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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 >>

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport front three quarters

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Updates to the Land Rover Discovery Sport in 2019 have made it more appealing than ever, with a refined range of engines, a lengthy equipment list and lots of seating flexibility. It now suits more families more of the time, and is therefore a worthy five-star contender.

Read our full Land Rover Discovery Sport review >>

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 front three quarters

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The stakes were high for Tesla's highly anticipated third model, but boy did it deliver. With a real-world range which should suit the vast majority of buyers, technology which makes driving easier and safer and yet with surprising practicality, it's a very convincing reason to go electric.

Read our full Tesla Model 3 review >>

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R long-term test report

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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 >>

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

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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 >>

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran front cornering

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The Volkswagen Touran is one of our favourites 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 >>

Skoda Superb

Skoda superb front quarter

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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.

Read our full Skoda Superb review >>

Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

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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 >>

Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate 2019 wide left cornering RHD

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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 >>

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

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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 >>

Audi A4

Audi A4 driving

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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 >>

Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 Puretech 1.2 Puretech 130 Allure

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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 >>

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 metallic paint

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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 >>

Audi TT Coupé

Audi TT 2019 right front tracking shot

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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 >>

Audi TT Roadster

New Abarth 124 Spider vs Audi TT Roadster

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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 >>

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

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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 >>

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring

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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 >>


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

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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 >>

Audi Q5

Audi Q5 TFSIe

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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 >>

Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman

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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 >>

Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche 718 Boxster

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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 >>

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 front three quarters

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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 >>

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio front three quarters

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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 >>

Audi A8

Audi A8

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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.

Read our full Audi A8 review >>

Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon

Mercedes S-Class saloon

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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 >>

Porsche 911

2019 Porsche 911 (992) front

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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 >>

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Cabriolet 2019 UK rear left tracking roof-up

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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 >>

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

Mercedes S-Class Coupe front

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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.

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

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

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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.

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

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 cornering

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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 >>

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace front

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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.

Read our full Jaguar I-Pace review >>

Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro front and side

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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 driving

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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 >>

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

Citroën Berlingo front three quarters

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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.

Read our full Citroën Berlingo review >>

Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca

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 >>

Volkswagen T-Roc R

Volkswagen T-Roc R front

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Think of the T-Roc R as being a small SUV with hot hatchback levels of performance  – because that's exactly what it is. Using the same powerfu 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Golf R hot hatchback, it has prodigous pace, but is also well equipped and handles sharply.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc R review >>

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan front three quarters

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The Macan is a fine sports SUV, offering punchy performance and superb handling, as well as a high-quality interior and a usefully large boot. For families looking for driving thrills, it's a fine choice.

Read our full Porsche Macan review >>


BMW M4 CS verdict and specs

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If you're looking for a sporty coupé with plenty of pace but also enough space for passengers and their luggage to come along for the ride, then the BMW M4 deserves a spot on your shortlist. The M4 is engaging to drive, yet also has one of the best infotainment systems you'll find anywhere.

Read our full BMW M4 review >>

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque D150 2WD

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The Evoque is one of the finest family SUVs you can buy right now, with a great driving position, excellent levels of equipment and slow depreciation. It may well be its funky looks which draw you into the showroom to look at an Evoque, but it's a fine car on more objective levels too.

Read our full Range Rover Evoque review >>

Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok

The Amarok is the most car-like pick-up truck to drive, and considering the commerical 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 decent, spacious interior will please families too.

Read our full Volkswagen Amarok review >>

Mercedes-AMG C63

Mercedes-AMG C63 Saloon front three-quarter driving

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The C63 is based on the Mercedes C-Class saloon, but gets a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine under its bonnet rather than the conventional petrol and diesel engines you'll find in the regular line-up. As you might expect, then, it's wonderfully fast, is also easy to drive and reasonably practical.

Read our full Mercedes-AMG C63 review >>

McLaren 570S Spider

McLaren 570S Spider

Taking the fight to rivals from Audi, Ferrari and Porsche was always going to be a tough mandate for McLaren's open-top version of the 570S, but crikey does the 570S Spider deliver. There's precise handling and grin-inducing acceleration to go with the McLaren's jaw-dropping looks, as well as impressive everyday usability.

Read our full McLaren 570S Spider review >>

Range Rover Velar

Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2019 front cornering

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Even though the Velar is intended to be more road-focussed than its Range Rover siblings, it can still travel farther off the beaten track than most luxury SUVs. Add in that it has a massive boot, and that our recommended D180 diesel engine is surprisingly efficient, and it's easy to recommend.

Read our full Range Rover Velar review >>

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe front three quarters

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Updates to the Renault Zoe in 2019 have made it a more appealing electric proposition than ever before, with a better real-world range and a punchy electric motor. It's quiet and easy to drive, too, so will hit the sweet spot for many buyers.

Read our full Renault Zoe review >>

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala front

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You might think that it's mad for Skoda to have both the Scala and the Octavia competing in the same family car class, but the Scala is even cheaper than its larger sibling, so aims to capture buyers on a tight budget. It's a compelling choice, too, with a comfortable ride, a spacious interior and a good infotainment system.

Read our full Skoda Scala review >>

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Hybrid Design 1.8 VVT-i

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The Corolla is a hybrid family hatchback, so brings far lower running costs than a traditional car in this class. It's not just those low fuel and tax bills which impress, however – we also like the Corolla's comfortable ride, and the fact that you get lots of kit as standard.

Read our full Toyota Corolla review >>

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