Best large cars for 2019
By Martin Pratt
Article 6 of 16
Large cars are now better than ever, with the latest technology and efficient engines. Here are the very best large hatchbacks and saloons available now
The large-car class includes premium models – such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. There's also more reasonably priced mainstream designs, including the Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia and VW Passat.
With plenty of sleek coupés and saloons available, plus slightly more practical hatchback models, there’s bound to be a large car to suit your needs and budget. Provided you choose carefully, that is.
Below are the very best large cars we’ve tested. These are Which? Best Buys that excelled in our lab and road tests, offering decent fuel economy and good reliability.
We’ve also picked out the worst large cars we’ve tested, to make sure you don’t waste your money on a car that’s short on space, is uncomfortable to drive or drinks fuel at an alarming rate.
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This large, executive saloon provides the perfect riposte to more sporty rivals, with a refined hybrid drivetrain that makes for serene progress. Cabin quality is second to none and it's very reliable - it's just a shame it's let down by its high emissions in our tests, which are more stringent than the official ones.
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One of the first four-door coupes in its class, this model offers the desirable styling of a svelte two-door, but with the passenger space and ease of access provided by a four-door saloon. Superb build quality and safety credentials further its appeal.
Not found the car for you? Head to all our large car reviews.
And here are three large cars to avoid
If there’s one thing a large car should get right, it’s space. Whether driving or sitting in the passenger seats, no one should be short of room in a large car.
The same goes for the boot. It should be big enough to fit a family food shop, a pushchair and an extra tyre, with room to spare.
It’s easy to assume that a large car will meet these requirements with ease, but that’s not always the case. A big boot doesn’t mean it’s well designed. We don’t just measure size: we also consider how easy a boot is to load. A high load lip may not seem like a huge problem – until you’re trying to heft your family’s holiday luggage into it.
A large car should absolutely be roomy and comfortable, but ample size and space doesn’t guarantee that a large car will be a gas guzzler. Our unique testing has found large cars that manage well over 60mpg, while others fail to get over 30, despite the sometimes outlandishly high figures claimed by some manufacturers.
Large cars to avoid
This handsome saloon sits at the premium end of the large car market and is excellent to drive. It’s not so excellent for anyone riding in the back, though – the rear of the cabin is cramped, and the boot is too. It’s also performs poorly for reliability. This car isn’t a Don’t Buy, but it isn’t better than the cars it’s aiming to beat either.
Despite this car’s refinement and good looks, we can’t recommend it. It has high running costs and finding parts to get it repaired is difficult and expensive. There’s a good chance you’ll encounter problems, too, since this brand scored poorly for reliability in our latest Which? Car Survey. That means a high proportion of owners encountered breakdowns and faults with their car.
We test cars more thoroughly than anyone else
Our tests go further than those carried out by other organisations and, because Which? is independent and doesn’t accept advertising or freebies, you can trust our reviews to give you the full, honest and impartial truth about every car we test.
Every car we review is subjected to more than 100 individual tests in a lab, on a test track and on real roads – and we really clock up the distance, driving around 500 miles in every car we test.
Testing in controlled lab conditions means the results we collect are directly comparable between different cars, helping us to determine exactly which models are better and why, and helping you find the perfect car for your needs.
And so you know which cars are likely to prove reliable for years to come, we also gather feedback from thousands of UK car owners through the Which? Car Survey, using it to generate detailed reliability ratings for the cars we test.
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