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
Target Price from £9532
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.
Target Price from £16,653
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.
Target Price from £17,888
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.
Honda Civic Type R
Target Price from £30,800
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
Target Price from £19,526
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.
Target Price from £21,189
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.
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.
Target Price from £20,573
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
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.
Target Price from £24,143
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.
Target Price from £26,568
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.
Audi TT Coupé
Target Price from £30,369
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 TT Roadster
Target Price from £32,018
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
Target Price from £34,261
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
Target Price from £35,303
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.
Target Price from £37,804
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
Target Price from £45,700
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.
Porsche 718 Boxster
Target Price from £47,561
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.
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
Target Price from £63,327
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
Target Price from £56,844
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.
Target Price from £86,911
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
Target Price from £104,090
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
Target Price from £90,771
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
Target Price from £99,220
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.
"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
Target Price from £36,495
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.
Target Price from £17,497
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.
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.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Target Price from £70,900
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a raging bull among SUVs, and one which has a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine under its bonnet. Unsurprisingly, then, it transports you up the road with eye-widening pace which belies its size. It's an expensive choice, sure, but that wonderful engine and fluent handling help to make up for that.
Given that the regular Audi Q7 has already appeared on this list with its own five-star rating, it perhaps should come as no surprise to find the performance-oriented SQ7 here too. With a thunderous V8 diesel engine under its bonnet, the SQ7 has prodigous performance, but is also comfortable and quiet with a high-quality interior.
Target Price from £56,704
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.
Range Rover Evoque
Target Price from £31,382
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.
Target Price from £15,968
The T-Cross is the best small SUV you can buy right now – it's great to drive, spacious inside and comes with an impressive array of safety equipment. Plus it's competitive on running costs, so whether you're a company car driver or private car buyer, it deserves to be on your SUV shortlist.
Target Price from £63,675
The C63 is based on the Mercedes C-Class saloon, but gets a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine under its bonet 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.
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.
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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