Motoring critics don’t always agree over a car – some might love it while others are left cold. Our unique wowscore system aggregates differing reviews from across the UK’s motoring press to give you an overall ranking.
The following list features the 10 best cars on sale in the UK, based on professional reviewers’ opinions. They have the highest average wowscores and all impress in their own right. Read on to find out if your favourite made the cut…
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1. Mercedes AMG GT (9.8)
The Mercedes AMG GT is the best car on sale in the UK based on our wowscores. The GT is the ultimate expression of Mercedes’ AMG performance division, offering stunning looks, extreme power and a visceral driving experience.
Inside, you’re treated to a cabin that feels a cut above even standard Mercedes models and an engine noise that makes the stereo feel somewhat superfluous. The car’s high price puts it out of reach for all but the wealthiest customers, but those who are lucky enough to be able to afford it will be getting one of the greatest cars on sale.
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2. Volkswagen Golf R Estate (9.5)
The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is one of the most multi-talented cars on sale. You get all the strengths of the regular Golf – great materials and a practical cabin with a big boot for luggage. It’s even fairly refined and efficient when driving sedately.
What makes the Volkswagen special, however, is the 296hp 2.0-litre engine mated to a slick DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive helping it hit 62mph from rest in just 5.1 seconds. Few other cars can do so much for less money than many premium-badged rivals.
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3. Ford Fiesta ST (9.5)
The Ford Fiesta ST is proof you don’t need a massive budget to buy a fantastic vehicle. It’s easily among the most entertaining cars on sale, and at a price lower than most standard Volkswagen Golfs. The regular Fiesta is already a treat to drive but the ST version turns the heat up with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, sports suspension and a host of visual details to enhance the Ford’s appeal.
It’s not especially expensive to run with official fuel consumption of nearly 50mpg and there’s the same amount of space as in the regular hatchback, too. For a car that’s inexpensive but can still thrill on the school run, there’s little that can touch the little Ford.
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4. Aston Martin V12 Vantage (9.4)
If it’s good enough for Bond, it must be good enough for you. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage shares its underpinnings with the one-off DB10 created for the latest film in the legendary spy franchise. The production car is just as crazy and nearly as desirable with huge power and an intoxicating exhaust note.
Like any supercar there are some drawbacks – in this case the dated interior and clunky gearbox, but the V12 Vantage is so exciting it makes up for those weak links. It’s exclusive and those drop-dead gorgeous looks will stop passers-by in their tracks.
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5. Mazda MX-5 (9.3)
It’s one of the cheaper entries on this list but the Mazda MX-5 is unquestionably one of the most impressive. The combination of a compact, lightweight body, direct steering and an overall sense of fun help bolster the little Mazda’s high score.
The low price is complimented by two cheap-to-run petrol engines and, although the MX-5 could do with a little more practicality, making the car any bigger or heavier would compromise its simple appeal. That you can take the roof off is just icing on the cake.
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6. Mercedes AMG C63 (9.3)
The standard Mercedes C-Class is already one of the best compact executive cars but, when AMG shoved a monstrous 4.0-litre V8 under the bonnet, the result is one of the most impressive performance cars out there. It gathers speed with a sense of drama found in few other performance saloons and handles it admirably.
What’s great about the C63 is that it retains all the admirable qualities of the standard saloon – the interior is delightful, there’s room for four or five people and, driven sensibly, it can return over 30mpg.
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7. Mercedes S-Class (9.2)
Mercedes has long marketed its S-Class luxury saloon as the best car in the world and, in its current guise, it isn’t far off the mark. Beautifully designed inside and out, the S-Class is also at the forefront of many automotive technologies, offering everything from night-vision to radar-guided cruise control.
S-Class owners will appreciate the acres of room available for passengers, and there’s also a long-wheelbase model if you need to stretch out even more. Factor in a range of powerful and reasonably economical engines (including a plug-in hybrid) and you have one of the best luxury cars available at any price.
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8. Audi R8 (9.2)
If you’re looking for a supercar equally comfortable navigating the high-street or the race track, the Audi R8 is the obvious choice. Despite its billing as a high-performance sports car, it’s almost as easy to drive as the Audi’s saloon cars. It’ll suit you if you’re a natural extrovert – this is a truly awesome looking machine.
The star of the show is the soulful V10 engine that gives the Audi its rapid performance stats. With 0-60mph reached in as little as 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of over 200mph, the R8 is one seriously impressive bit of kit.
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9. Land Rover Discovery (9.2)
It may be well into its 12th year on sale, but the Land Rover Discovery continues to be a force to be reckoned with among rivals. Its massive interior is one of its big selling points – it can seat seven adults comfortably with space for luggage. Those who do occasional towing will find the Discovery’s over-3,000kg weight comes in handy.
Its off-road abilities are superb but the Discovery isn’t disgraced on tarmac either, and the powerful diesel is more than up to the task of everyday driving. It’s heavier and thirstier than some more modern rivals, but the car’s character makes up for this in spades.
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10. Renault Kadjar (9.2)
A new entry on our list, it should be no surprise to see the multi-talented Renault Kadjar in the top 10. Based on the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar might be harder to pronounce but adds more space, a lower price and arguably more attractive styling – good news to any family car buyers’ ears.
If you’re in the market for a crossover, the Renault is definitely one of the best options out there and, thanks to the range of economical diesel engines, it’s also one of the cheapest. It’s a very impressive effort by the French manufacturer and a worthy class contender.
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