Cookies at Which? We use cookies to help improve our sites. If you continue, we'll assume that you're happy to accept our cookies. Find out more about cookies

Which? Best Buy cars

by Martin Pratt

Only cars that are reliable, economical, comfortable, safe and good to drive can become a Which? Best Buy - these are the best new and used cars you can buy today.

Put us to the test

Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

To help you find your perfect car, every model we review is subjected to extensive tests in our lab, on real roads as well as a test track - in fact, we clock up more than 900 miles in each car. 

We take into account everything from driver comfort and interior space to exhaust emissions and realistic fuel economy to build up the most detailed, relevant view of a car's performance. Then, we combine our test data with the feedback from almost 60,000 UK car owners, gathered in the country's largest car survey, to give a detailed view of long-term reliability. 

Which? car reviews are your best guide to choosing a new or used car because:

  • Our tests are uniquely stringent and scientific - no one test cars in as much detail as we do.
  • Every test is directly comparable to another, to eliminate bias and ensure we report the facts not personal opinion.
  • Unlike other publishers, we don't take advertising, meaning we're fully independent and impartial.
  • We test more than 100 of the most popular mainstream cars every year, from brands such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Toyota, Volvo and VW, as well as lesser known ones such as Ssangyong, Dacia and Suzuki - so you're bound to find a car to fit your needs.
  • Only Which? car reviews include uniquely accurate and robust reliability information gathered from UK car owners.

Sign up today for a £1 Which? trial to access all our in-depth, expert car reviews. Already a member? Log in to find your perfect new or used car. 

Find your Best Buy car

What makes a Best Buy car

Our combination of tightly controlled lab- and road-tests and extensive owner feedback mean when a car is named a Best Buy you can be sure it's worth buying. Every Best Buy car will:

  • Be great to drive: we test every car on an assortment of roads, including urban streets and motorways, to reflect how you drive and establish how well it accelerates, brakes and handles everyday conditions.
  • Be comfortable & practical: we check seat comfort, ergonomics, interior noise, all-round visibility, interior space and the useable boot space to ensure you have a good idea of what every car is like to drive, be a passenger within, and use day-to-day.
  • Be efficient & clean: rather than trusting misleading manufacturer claims, we collect our our own exhaust emissions and fuel economy data using state-of-the-art equipment - our reviews are your best guide to how clean the car is and how much you'll spend on fuel, and no car can be a Best Buy if it's excessively polluting or inefficient.
  • Be reliable: wherever possible, we factor owner feedback into our reviews - and if owners report a car to be unreliable, requiring regular trips to a garage to be repaired, it cannot be a Best Buy. We know good reliability is crucial, so it's the single most important factor in our reviews.

Not yet a Which? member? Try a £1 trial membership, and you'll receive access to all our online content - including 700+ car reviews - and get Which? magazine delivered monthly to your door. You can also phone our Which? Legal Service and personal finance experts for one-to-one help, plus you'll get access to Which? Local, where members share recommendations for the best services in your area.

All recommendations