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The 10 best German-made cars: style with substance

German cars have become synonymous with excellent build quality and superb engineering, but you might be surprised to learn that many manufacturers now outsource production to factories as far away as Mexico and India. We take a look at the 10 best cars that are still built on German soil with German hands.

If any of these cars has taken your fancy, put them in our car configurator to let carwow get you a great deal on your perfect new car.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular cars in the world. More than 29 million examples had been sold before the introduction of the latest Mk7 in 2012. Good driving dynamics, excellent reliability, a practical and well appointed interior and superb build-quality all contribute to making the Wolfsburg-built, family-friendly Golf the perfect car for many drivers.

The latest model with refreshed styling and a raft of engine options, including the frugal and efficient e-Golf and raucous Golf R, represents a versatile small-car package that’s hard to beat.

If an excellent all-rounder is what you’re after, put a Volkswagen Golf into our car configurator and have a look at the great savings carwow can find for you.

BMW 1 Series

The BMW 1 Series may be the cheapest way into BMW ownership, but the premium carried by this Leipzig built hatchback makes it significantly more expensive than some of its rivals. Where an entry-level Ford Focus will cost you £15,995, a 1 Series will set you back nearly £5,000 more at £20,780.

A 1.6-litre diesel can return 81.3mpg is the best option if running costs are your main concern but, if blistering performance is what you’re after, the M135i with a 316hp turbocharged straight-six petrol is the one to have. The 1 Series still lags behind a few more conventional front-wheel drive competitors in the practicality stakes but, if image is everything, this premium German hatchback could be the car for you.

If it sounds like your ideal German car, then our BMW 1 Series car configurator can help you to find a great deal.

 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a family-sized SUV that’s proved very popular. Although it’s based on the same platform as the old SEAT Leon, the Tiguan offers all the high-riding creature comforts and optional four-wheel drive you would expect from a small SUV.

A selection of efficient engines, well-equipped trim levels and good build quality mark this VW out as an intelligent choice in a very competitive market segment. The Tiguan scored a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating back in 2009 and comes fitted with stability control and ABS as standard.

Put the Volkswagen Tiguan in our car configurator to let carwow find you a brilliant deal.

Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class is aimed squarely at those in need of premium executive transport and, although well-equipped both inside and out, it’s let down by somewhat unrefined diesel engines. The efficient C 350 e petrol-electric hybrid option makes for a sensible and more refined alternative.

The C-Class offers impressive levels of safety provision with a five-star safety rating and many driver assists specifically aimed at motorway cruising. Combine this with a well-designed cabin with impressive interior space, and the practical and image-conscious C-Class becomes an appealing prospect for many potential buyers.

Our Mercedes C-Class car configurator can help you find a great deal on a brand new one.

Audi A3 Sportback

The Audi A3 Sportback represents the hatchback for the buyer who wants it all. Offered with a selection of engines ranging from the free-to-tax plug-in hybrid e-tron which, it is claimed, can return an incredible 176.6mpg, to the 2.5-litre five-cylinder, four-wheel drive RS3 – there really is something for everyone.

The Sportback offers an impressive 380-litres of boot-space – not only an improvement over the three-door A3, but is up there with the best in class. Fold the seats down and a cavernous 1,220-litre load bay presents itself. Sharp styling, a spacious cabin with class-leading build quality and unflappable refinement make the A3 Sportback a very tempting prospect.

If this is the car you’ve been looking for, our Audi A3 Sportback configurator will help you get a great deal on a new car.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series receives a hugely impressive wowscore of 9.4 out of 10, marking it out as one of the most competent all-rounders you can buy. BMW has traditionally prided itself on the 3 Series being the best car to drive in its class and, although the variable power steering fitted to the latest model is slightly unpredictable, it’s still one of the most dynamic executive saloons to drive.

Like the 1 Series, the Munich-built 3 Series offers a huge variety of engines to suit a great range of buyers. From the entry-level 316i petrol to the 306hp 340i and the option of a 320d diesel capable of 68.9mpg, whatever your driving needs, you should be well catered for with this BMW.

Put the BMW 3 Series into our car configurator to check out some great deals on brand new cars.

Mercedes E-Class Estate

If you’re after an immensely practical yet stylish estate with more than a touch of luxury about the interior, then the Mercedes E-Class Estate will be right up your street. The impressive 695-litre boot should be plenty for large loads and the optional third row of seats – an uncommon feature – turns this stylish estate into a seven-seater.

With suspension that prioritises refinement and comfort over driver involvement, the E-Class Estate is most at home on the motorway. Don’t expect frugal fuel consumption from this Mercedes however – even the most efficient diesel struggles to break 53mpg but, nevertheless, it’s refined and quiet especially with the optional automatic gearbox.

If a stylish and spacious estate car is what you’re after, put a Mercedes E-Class Estate into out car configurator to let carwow find you a great deal.


The BMW X1 is the smallest SUV currently offered by the Bavarian brand, but it hasn’t lost out when it comes to equipment. Not only does satellite navigation and a comprehensive infotainment system come as standard, but automatic braking at speeds up to 30mph and collision warning systems will ensure that the driver’s seat of the X1 will be a safe and relaxing place to sit.

With prices from £26,780, the BMW X1 isn’t a cheap way into SUV ownership, but it does come with the sharp driving characteristics many have come to expect from BMW. Unusually for such a high-riding vehicle, the X1 can handle corners with ease, and at surprising speed, if fitted with the optional four-wheel-drive system.

If the sound of a small German SUV is music to your ears, then why not spec your perfect BMW X1 using our car configurator to let carwow find you a great deal.

Audi A4

The traditionally masterful interior fit and finish of modern Audis is a theme continued with the A4. Even without the optional 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, the well-designed and beautifully made cabin is easily one of the best in its class.

The A4’s exterior has been subtly altered since the last model – sharper styling, a revised grille and new headlights all hint at the fact the car has been made significantly more aerodynamic. Combined with 110kg weight reduction and you could see fuel consumption of as little as 58.9mpg. Emissions of a minimal 109g/km of CO2 from the 2.0-litre petrol engine mean that road tax could cost you as little as £20 per year.

If this stylish and well-made car is for you, our Audi A4 car configurator could help to get a great deal.

Mercedes S-Class

The Mercedes S-Class has always been known for its the staggering levels of advanced technology on offer and this latest version, which includes two giant digital displays in place of conventional instruments, is no exception. Adaptive suspension uses cameras to monitor road conditions and ensures that ride quality is second to none.

The exquisitely trimmed interior offers not only a perfect driving position, but opulent passenger seating with heating and reclining functions, too. With 3.0-litre V6 and 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engines available, performance is as great as the running costs are high but, opt for the smaller unit, and 50mpg is possible.

Put a Mercedes S-Class in our car configurator to see the discounts offered.

Save money on your new German car

Put any of the cars featured on this list in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more options, head over to our deals page or, if you’re still struggling to pick your next car, check out our car chooser.

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