The best petrol cars

Whether you're looking for a sporty coupé, a practical hatchback or a seven-seat SUV, petrol power is now more appealing than ever before. We count down our favourite cars that drink from the gre...

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What Car? team
21 August 2019

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If you're buying a new car in 2019, chances are you're looking at one with a petrol engine. In fact, while sales of diesel-fuelled cars were down by almost a fifth across the first seven months of 2019, sales of petrols were up by 3.4% during the same period.

And the good news is that petrol engines are smoother, more powerful and more economical than ever before. So while you might have thought that you'd need to choose diesel power for a larger car, such as an SUV, that's now no longer the case, as our round-up of the best petrol-powered cars shows.

Whether you're in the market for a stylish coupé, a family hatchback or even a seven-seat SUV, we'll help you find a petrol car to suit your needs. And remember, as well as giving more detail about each model in our independent reviews, What Car? can help you secure one at a discount with our exclusive Target Price deals.


10. Cupra Ateca 300

Cupra Ateca driving

Our reigning champion in the sports SUV market is the Cupra Ateca. This was Cupra's first product after being hived off from Seat as a standalone brand (think what AMG is to Mercedes or the M Division to BMW), but boy did it do well. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine developing 296bhp – and that's enough to haul this family SUV from 0-60mph in just 4.7sec. So it's definitely fast, but what impresses us most is how easy the Ateca is to live with, with a decent boot and a comfortable interior.

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9. Citroën Berlingo Puretech 110 Feel M

Citroën Berlingo

If you have seven people and their luggage to haul around but don't fancy an SUV, the Citroën Berlingo should be the next call on your shopping list. It's incredibly spacious, represents great value for money and is economical – especially if you go for the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine we recommend. You might think such a small engine would struggle to haul a large MPV, but it's actually surprisingly sprightly.

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8. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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While the regular Alfa Romeo Giulia offers a more style-lead alternative to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 executive saloons, the tuned-up Quadrifoglio version is a true performance car. With a roaring 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine under its bonnet, it's ferociously fast but also offers sweet handling and a pliant ride. No wonder it's our reigning Performance Car of the Year.

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