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Best and worst cars – value for money

Top and bottom rated cars for value revealed

Value for money car

Every year Which? tests the best-selling and most important cars on the UK market in its rigorous test procedure. But a significant part of the overall Which? assessment comes from you, the owners, in our annual Which? Car survey.

This year, for the first time, we asked you to rate your cars in nine different categories. We’ve already revealed your most practical and least practical cars as well as the models you rated best for build quality.

Here we reveal the cars currently on sale that are rated by you as the best value and worst value for money. The results? Skoda comes up trumps, but Land Rover languishes far behind. 

Highest rated cars for value for money 

Skoda Superb (2008-) – 96.0%

Skoda’s Superb has won a growing band of followers thanks to its competitive pricing and generous passenger space. Owners told us it’s ‘fantastic value for money’ and is ‘a good value for money luxurious drive.’

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia (2004-) – 95.2%

The Skoda Octavia is a comfortable family-sized hatchback which is easy to drive, affordable to buy, and cheap to run. Owners told us that it is the ‘best value on the market’ and a ‘brilliant car, fabulous value.’

Hyundai ix35 (2010-) – 93.6%

Squeezing into third spot this year is the first of two Hyundais on our list. The ix35 compact 4×4 does well to combine price, ability and space so well, and is yet another firm reminder that Hyundai is now a world-class car maker.

Skoda Superb estate

Skoda Superb Estate (2010-) – 92.7%

Skoda’s Superb Estate has won plaudits from us, as it’s frugal, good to drive and cheap to buy. Owners also rate it very highly, especially when it comes to value for money. 

Hyundai i10 (2008-) – 92.6%

The Hyundai i10 is a small five-door supermini that’s designed to be easy to drive, especially in the city. Thousands of them were sold through the scrappage scheme in 2009, and it continues to sell well today thanks to the great value for money it represents.

Lowest rated cars for value for money 

Mini countryman

Mini Countryman (2010-) – 66.4%

The Mini Countryman takes on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, offering desirability and that famous fun Mini image in a larger package. High purchase prices haven’t escaped owners’ attention, and if you want to personalise your Countryman or add optional extras, you’ll find it quickly becomes even pricier.

BMW X5 (2007-) – 65.3%

The X5 is one of the best on-road 4x4s, with very sure-footed handling. However, whilst choosing a diesel version will help keep costs down, this is still an expensive vehicle to run. One owner sums it up well, telling us it’s ‘a great car but beware of the high running costs.’

BMW 3 Series cab

BMW 3 Series convertible (2007-) – 63.2%

The BMW 3 Series is a firm favourite with UK buyers, and regularly tops the convertible sales charts. It’s one of the most desirable convertibles on the market, but steep purchase prices coupled with high running costs make this one of the worst value for money cars on the road.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2005-) – 63.0%

Introduced in 2005 as a rival to the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5, this expensive SUV represents very poor value for money according to owners. The main frustration is the poor fuel economy – our test model achieved only 16.8mpg.

Land rover range rover

Land Rover Range Rover (2002-) – 61.1%

Land Rover started the whole luxury SUV phenomenon with the Range Rover way back in 1970. It’s great to drive both on and off road and there are some powerful engines to choose from. Unfortunately these are very thirsty, adding to already high running costs.

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