Driver Verdicts In-car tech rated
An area dominated by premium brands, the best in-car tech appears to be reserved for luxury models.
One commendable interloper from a budget brand is the Skoda Superb, whose generous roster of in-car tech clearly satisfies owners.
Well-specified: Jaguar XJ
Best 5 cars for in-car technology
Jaguar XJ (2003-2009)
Driver rating 91.8%
You say: It always feels like a special car to drive. It is comfortable, well equipped, fast when you want it to be, and just a great place to be.
We say: The XJ is well-specified and its cabin is luxurious, although you’ll need to pay for tempting extras such as lambs wool floor rugs.
Mercedes-Benz CLS (2005-2010)
Driver rating 91.7%
You say: This car looks great, is a pleasure to drive, is extremely comfortable and has all the toys you could ask for.
We say: The interior is highly appointed and a lot of design effort has gone into making the controls easy to use.
Lexus RX (2009-)
Driver rating 91.4%
You say: It is my fifth consecutive Lexus and they just get better and better. Superb comfort, fast, and technology to die for.
We say: Gadget fans will find lots to like about the RX450h – even base-spec SE models are well-equipped, with a keyless entry system, heated and electrically adjustable leather seats and a premium stereo, among other toys.
Land Rover Range Rover (2002-2012)
Driver rating 91.0%
You say: I smile with satisfaction every time I put the car back in the garage after driving it.
We say: The Range Rover's claims to being luxury transport are greatly boosted by its refinement and the excellently designed, premium cabin. Just watch out for niggling faults.
Skoda Superb (2008-)
Driver rating 90.9%
You say: It has all the gadgets I could possibly want and is very comfortable both for driver and passengers.
We say: There’s nothing budget about this Skoda interior, which uses expensive-feeling plastics on the dashboard and offers lots of creature comforts for the driver and passengers.
Unrefined: Vauxhall Corsa
Worst 5 cars for in-car technology
Citroën Saxo (1996-2003)
Driver rating 59.4%
You say: This car has a serious lack of power, no front end grip on wet roads, no power steering, no temperature gauge, no electric windows and no central locking.
We say: Discontinued in 2003, the Saxo's in-car technology isn't the only outdated feature - safety levels and build quality are some way off modern standards too.
Volkswagen Fox (2006-)
Driver rating 59.2%
You say: Good fuel consumption, nippy in traffic and easy to park. No fancy electronics to go wrong.
We say: This is budget motoring and it really feels it, with next to no equipment in base trim.
Rover 200/25/Streetwise (1995-2005)
Driver rating 58.7%
You say: The car and trim are quite basic and the electrics are temperamental at best.
We say: The interior is dull and lifeless and it suffers with far too many faults for our liking.
Nissan Micra (1993-2002)
Driver rating 57.3%
You say: It was very cheap to buy, it's very cheap to run, it's reliable and takes us from A to B without any worries.
We say: Many of the early Micras were pretty sparsely-equipped, but if you are looking to buy one make sure it has ABS anti-lock brakes and front airbags at least.
Vauxhall Corsa (1993-2000)
Driver rating 56.4%
You say: No power steering or central locking and some of the dash lights have stopped working.
We say: Looks its age, offers an unrefined driving experience and poor safety. The old Corsa is as unpopular with owners as it is with us.