The best petrol cars

Whether you're looking for something sporty, 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 g...

Skoda Scala, Honda Civic Type R, Peugeot 5008

If you're buying a new car, chances are you're looking at one with a petrol engine. In fact, while sales of diesel-fuelled cars were down by more than a fifth across the first ten months of 2019, sales of petrols were up by 2.2% 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 for a larger car, such as an SUV, that's now no longer the case, as our round-up of the best petrol cars shows.

Whether you're in the market for a performance saloon, 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.

Mazda CX-5 front and side

If you don't need space for seven but still want a larger car, the Mazda CX-5 is a prime choice. The 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine has plenty of grunt, although it isn't turbocharged like most modern petrols, so it needs to be worked a bit harder than you might be used to in order to make swift progress. Elsewhere, the CX-5 has a classy interior and comes well equipped.

Citroën Berlingo

Need to haul around seven people and their luggage but don't fancy an SUV? If so, the Citroën Berlingo should be your next port of call. 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-led alternative to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 executive saloons, the Quadrifoglio version is a true performance car. With a roaring 2.9-litre V6 under its bonnet, it's ferociously fast, yet it also offers sweet handling and a pliant ride. No wonder it's our reigning Performance Car of the Year.

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