Every 5-star car on What Car?

From nimble city cars to stylish SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical family hatchbacks – this is where you'll find every car which has earned our highest road test rating...

5-star cars

It's not every day that we give out a five-star road test rating, because any car that earns this is judged to be outstanding in almost every respect.

To get five stars, a car must beat its rivals at the things that matter most to potential buyers (for example, performance and handling for a sports car, or practicality and comfort in an SUV) without disappointing in less crucial areas.

In this story, we'll look at each type of car, taking you through every model that has been awarded five stars and is still on sale. To find out more about a particular car or see how much you could save on it by using our New Car Buying service, just click on the relevant link.

Hyundai i10 front cornering - 69 plate

If you're looking for cultured motoring on a modest budget, then you simply must check out the Hyundai i10. It's relatively spacious, comes with a smart-looking interior and a great infotainment system, and rides and handles more impressively than plenty of bigger, pricier cars.

Seat Ibiza

Those with a little more to spend should make sure the Ibiza is on their shortlist. It's great fun to drive, roomy inside and has a strong yet frugal range of engines – of which the 1.0 TSI 95 petrol is our recommended choice.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review >>


Volkswagen Polo

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Volkswagen Polo front - 19 plate

As good as the Ibiza is, it's the Volkswagen's Polo that's the current holder of our Small Car of the Year award, offering a high-quality interior that's surprisingly spacious, a peppy range of engines and seriously impressive refinement.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review >>


Family hatchbacks

Skoda Octavia

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Skoda Octavia front - 67-plate car

Few cars in any class are as practical as the Octavia; indeed, only the massive BMW X7 SUV can fit more carry-on suitcases in its boot. What's more, the Octavia is smartly finished, generously equipped and very well priced.

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Skoda Scala

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Skoda Scala - grey

You might think it odd that Skoda felt the need to introduce the Scala when it already had the Octavia in its range, but the Scala is aimed at those after something a bit smaller and cheaper. And while it is both of those things, it's still very practical and, crucially, doesn't feel remotely cheap, either inside or in term of the way it drives.

Read our full Skoda Scala review >>


Hot hatches

Ford Fiesta ST

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST passenger ride review - price, specs and on sale date

When it comes to hot hatches, anyone with circa-£20k to spend should have the Fiesta ST at the very top of their shortlist. It's way more exciting to drive than the Volkswagen Polo GTI and better value for money, too.

Read our full Ford Fiesta ST review >>


Honda Civic Type R

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Used Honda Civic Type R (2017-present)

Up the budget, and the best hot hatch of them all is the Honda Civic Type R. It offers awesome performance and precise handling, yet is also a practical and comfortable everyday car.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >>


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