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By Simon Miller

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Few insurers are good enough to be Which? Recommended Providers - they have to combine good cover with great customer service.

Which? experts scrutinised 31 car insurers’ standard car insurance policies, and we surveyed thousands of policyholders. We've rated each policy on its key aspects to produce a Which? policy score, and our customer score is based on how the insurers were rated by their customers.

We reviewed some of the biggest insurers in the market including: Axa, Direct Line, Aviva, Saga, Admiral, Esure, the AA, Tesco Bank and More Than.

To qualify as a Which? Recommended Provider, an insurer must:

  • Be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Be available to the general public
  • Have received responses from 30 or more customers in our customer survey
  • Have received an average or above policy score (see table for current average score) and a customer score of 70% or above

This review reveals which insurers came out best for cover and customer service, and which scored the worst. To access this review and thousands of others, sign up for a £1 trial. Or if you're already a member, log in to see our reviews.

Best and worst car insurance
Provider Min Age Max Age Customer service Handling queries and complaints Transparency of charges Value for money Customer score Policy score Total
Subscriber only content 17 80  77% 85% 81%

Subscriber only content

17  99 - - - - 74% 78% 76%
Subscriber only content 17 No limit 72% 80% 76%
Subscriber only content 17 No limit - - - 69% 83% 76%
Subscriber only content 50 No limit 75% 75% 75%

Subscriber only content

16 96 70% 73% 72%

Subscriber only content

50 No limit 67% 77% 72%

Subscriber only content

Underwriter dependent Underwriter dependent 72% 69% 70%

Subscriber only content

17 99 64% 74% 69%
Subscriber only content 17 84 69% 70% 69%
Subscriber only content 16 96 66% 72% 69%
Subscriber only content 21 90  66% 69% 68%
Subscriber only content 17 99 65% 71% 68%
Subscriber only content 18 N/A 67% 69% 68%
Subscriber only content 18 N/A 65% 70% 67%
Subscriber only content 18 116 63% 70% 66%
Subscriber only content 17 115 61% 71% 66%
Subscriber only content 16 96 - 61% 71% 66%
Subscriber only content 18 116 - 66% 67% 66%
Subscriber only content 21 100 63% 69% 66%
Subscriber only content

17 (lump sum)

18 (direct debit)

75 67% 65% 66%
Subscriber only content 17 98 - - - 66% 65% 65%
Subscriber only content 16 96 61% 70% 65%
Subscriber only content 17 99 65% 64% 65%
Subscriber only content 25 85 - - - 63% 65% 64%
Subscriber only content Underwriter dependent  Underwriter dependent - 70% 55% 63%
Subscriber only content  17 94  63% 64% 63%
Subscriber only content Underwriter dependent Underwriter dependent  69% 55% 62%
Subscriber only content 17 90 63% 56% 60%
Subscriber only content 17 90 - - - 60% 57% 59%
Subscriber only content 17 90 - - 58% 58% 58%
Average - - - - - - 66% 69% 68%

Table notes:
Customer score data based on a survey of 4,312 policyholders in June 2016. Policy scores are based on the provider's standard policy. All policies are available to the general public.
Customer score is calculated using a combination of overall satisfaction and how likelihood to recommend the provider to a friend. '-' represents where we have insufficient sample size (less than 30) to generate a star rating. Insurers must have a minimum sample size of 30 for inclusion in the table.

How we calculate customer and policy scores

We calculated the customer scores and claims satisfaction scores using a combination of overall customer satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending the provider to a friend.

We calculated the policy scores by rating the most important elements of the policy including personal belongings limit, renewal fees and interest charged on payment by instalments.

The total score combines both the customer score and policy score.