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Top 10 most popular group tests of 2017

We've compared hundreds of cars during 2017. Here are the 10 group tests that have proved most popular with Whatcar.com readers...

23 Dec 2017 08:00

Top 10 most popular group tests of 2017

Popular group tests

Here at What Car?, we pride ourselves on the thoroughness of our comparison tests. Not only do we rack up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road, but we take all of the cars to our dedicated test facility so we can carry out our own performance, braking and handling tests. And we look at everything from how much luggage you can fit in the boot to what a car will really do to the gallon.

Read on to see the 10 tests that have proved most popular this year.

10. New Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan

Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan

In 2017, Volvo launched the second-generation XC60, claiming that it was the sportiest SUV in its class. We pitted it against the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan to find out if that was more than just marketing hype.

Read the full Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan test >

9. New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and BMW M3

The BMW M3 has long been the benchmark sports saloon, but Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio offers more power and a much higher top speed. Does this make it better? That's what we wanted to know.

Read the full Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3 test >

8. New Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Back in May, a new A5 Sportback swooped in to add more style and practicality to Audi’s executive car range. It's biggest challenge came from the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.

Read the full Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé test >

7. New Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf vs Audi A3 Sportback

Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 Sportback

Honda's new Civic and the revised Volkswagen Golf are both available with small, frugal petrol engines to tempt people who don't want a diesel but still want low fuel consumption. Could either of these models topple the class-leading Audi A3?

Read the full Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf vs Audi A3 Sportback test >

6. New Mini Countryman vs Audi Q2 vs Seat Ateca

Mini Countryman, Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca

Mini has boosted practicality with the latest version of the Countryman. So, does this mean it now mixes function and looks better than small SUV rivals from Audi and Seat?

Read the full Mini Countryman vs Audi Q2 vs Seat Ateca test >

5. New Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series

The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio may have seen off BMW's M3, but if anything things are even more competitive in the company car market in which lesser Giulias compete. We wanted to see how the 2.0-litre diesel version stack up against its German rivals.

Read the full Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series test >

4. New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

Land Rover Discovery, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90

Land Rover’s new Discovery promised to be the definitive do-anything seven-seater. But first it had to beat the luxurious Audi Q7 and spacious Volvo XC90.

Read the full Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90 test >

3. New Skoda Kodiaq vs Kia Sorento vs Mazda CX-5

Skoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-5

Large SUVs usually come with an equally large price tag, but the Skoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-5 all buck this trend. We just needed to find out which is best.

Read the full Skoda Kodiaq vs Kia Sorento vs Mazda CX-5 test >

2. New Mercedes GLC vs BMW X3 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport

In this test, we wanted to find out if the new Mercedes GLC could outshine two previous What Car? Award winners – the BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Read the full Mercedes GLC vs BMW X3 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport test >

1. New BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E-Class

BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class

But our most popular group test of the year saw the all-new BMW 5 Series take on the Mercedes E-Class. At the time, nobody else had tested the new 520d, making it a What Car? world exclusive.

Read the full BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E-Class test >


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