Toyota GR Supra (2019-) review

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  • Sports
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  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid
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 verdict: The ideal sports car

Sports car drivers expect strong performance and incisive handling, and here the GR Supra certainly delivers. But it’s also surprisingly good in other areas, too, being comfortable enough for long-distance travel and offering decent space inside. It’s a superb all-round sports coupé and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Excellent handling
  • Safe
  • Well made
Cons
  • Thirsty
  • Awkward to get into
  • Poor visibility

Lexus LS (2007-2012) review

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84%

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  • Large
  • Used only
  • Full hybrid

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 verdict: Comfortable but costly to run

If you want the ultimate executive transport, the LS is hard to beat. But as it did not go through Euro NCAP’s crash tests while it was available as new, we can’t recommend it.

Pros
  • Extremely quiet and comfortable
  • Great ride/handling balance
  • Comprehensively equipped
Cons
  • High running costs
  • Expensive to buy
  • A few fiddly gadgets

Lexus LS (2012-2017) review

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  • Used only
  • Full hybrid
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verdict: Falls short of expectations

It’s without doubt a fine, luxury executive cruiser, but given the extremely high purchase price we’d expect near-perfection. Unfortunately, it falls some way short.

Pros
  • Spacious and luxurious
  • Comfortable suspension
  • Excellent active safety features
Cons
  • Very expensive to buy and run
  • Small boot
  • Limited practicality

Kia Soul EV (2020-) review

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  • Compact/Small SUV
  • Available new
  • Electric
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verdict: Highly convincing all-electric SUV

If range anxiety has been putting you off buying an electric car, the Kia Soul EV could change your view. It can travel a long way on a single charge, has very low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions. It’s not only eco-friendly but also a solidly capable family car – and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Long range
  • Cheap to run
  • Spacious
  • Seven-year warranty
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Takes a while to recharge
  • Some cheap cabin materials

Kia E-Niro (2019-) review

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  • Compact/Small SUV
  • Available new
  • Electric
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verdict: A standout EV model

The e-Niro ushers in a new era of electric transport, firmly allaying range anxiety fears while offering very low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions. While it may not be cheap as chips, it is more affordable than many electric cars, and makes a very good case for itself as eco-friendly family transport. It’s a deserved Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Long range
  • Cheap to run
  • Seven-year warranty
Cons
  • Somewhat pricey
  • Awkward visibility
  • Small boot
  • Takes a while to recharge

Lexus GS (2012-2018) review

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  • Large
  • Used only
  • Full hybrid
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 verdict: Worth close consideration

A car that offers something genuinely different to its rivals. Fuel economy isn’t as good as you might expect from a hybrid, but the GS is definitely shortlist material.

Pros
  • Super-plush ride comfort
  • Seamless hybrid system
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not very adaptable boot

olestar 2 (2020-) review

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  • Available new
  • Electric
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verdict: Electrifying contender from Volvo’s upmarket brand

The Polestar 2 is an impressive performer. It’s extremely safe and easy to drive, has a simple operating menu, and feels very upmarket inside. It’s not an entirely rosy picture, though, since energy consumption is high and the tested range doesn’t remotely match the claims. Despite these reservations, the Polestar 2 is a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Well-equipped
  • High-quality feel
  • Safe
Cons
  • High energy consumption
  • Poorer range than claimed
  • Performance Pack ruins ride comfort

Lexus RX (2009-2015) review

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Used only
  • Full hybrid
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verdict: Comfortable and luxurious used SUV

Even though the RX450h can’t quite pull off its green claims, it’s still reasonably efficient, and the fact it’s a hybrid might spare you some of the disapproving looks that can go with 4×4 ownership. The only reason it’s not a Best Buy is because this generation of RX did not go through Euro NCAP tests. We no longer award Best Buys to cars that have been available for more than four years but not tested by Euro NCAP.

Pros
  • Comfortable and luxurious
  • Hybrid technology
Cons
  • Not as green as expected
  • Uninvolving drive
  • Some annoying quirks

BMW 5-series GT (2009-2017) review

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verdict: A more practical 5 Series

It’s a Which? Best Buy. If the GT hatchback is about anything, it’s about practicality. Despite this, boot space is disappointing unless you fold the rear seats, which isn’t easy. The GT drives very much like other members of the 5 Series range – which means very well. The GT is pricier than the saloon, though.

Pros
  • High quality
  • Good safety
  • Comfortable
  • Practical
  • Impressive performance and handling
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • High running costs
  • Disappointing luggage space

Suzuki Across (2021-) review

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
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verdict: Spacious family hybrid with a performance edge

The Suzuki Across is a welcome addition to the large SUV class. Its plug-in hybrid setup delivers the best of both worlds, with strong performance and the potential for very low running costs. There’s plenty of room inside and it’s backed up by Suzuki’s excellent brand reliability rating. It’s a deserved Best Buy.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Spacious and practical
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Weak braking
  • Poor performance in hazard-avoidance test
  • No built-in sat nav

Honda Jazz (2020-) review

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  • Small
  • Available new
  • Full hybrid
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verdict: Highly efficient master of spaciousness

The Jazz is an easy-to-drive, well-put-together package that delivers on its targets of practicality and flexibility. The hybrid power system works well, and although it’s neither the most refined or most fun-to-drive car in its class, it’s pretty economical. Safety and equipment levels are strong suits, too, helping to earn it a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Tremendous space inside
  • Easy to drive
  • Well equipped
Cons
  • Unrefined under hard acceleration
  • Pricey
  • Not as sharp to drive as some rivals

Skoda Enyaq iV (2021-) review

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Electric
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verdict: Our top-scoring electric SUV

Skoda’s debut electric SUV comes in as our highest-scoring large battery-powered SUV yet. It doesn’t stray far from the familiar brand recipe of good value, high quality and decent standard specification, but its appeal is further bolstered by a serene driving experience, spacious cabin and a useful driving range. If you want an electric car that’s right for any situation, look no further.

Pros
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Comfortable and easy to drive
  • Decent standard specification
Cons
  • Model with greatest range not eligible for plug-in car grant
  • Leisurely performance compared with some rivals

BMW X5 (2013-2018) review

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 verdict: Mighty full-size 4×4

The X5 grips the road well, provides a good level of ride comfort and has a range of powerful engines. It’s extremely spacious for five occupants, and has a seven-seat option.

Pros
  • Plenty of space
  • Seven-seat option
  • Safe
  • Affordable two-wheel drive
Cons
  • Poor all-round visibility
  • Very high boot sill
  • Expensive

Lexus RX (2015-) review

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  • Available new
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verdict: Impressive Which? Best Buy

It’s got a touch of Darth Vader about it, but the Lexus RX is a very impressive luxury 4×4. It’s extremely well made and has lots of impressive technology, and is spacious and comfortable. Just don’t expect it to match a Range Rover off road.

Pros
  • Very well made
  • Comfortable
  • Very safe
  • Lots of equipment
Cons
  • No combustion only or PHEV option
  • No seven-seat version

Skoda Superb Estate Plug-in Hybrid (2020-) review

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  • Large estate
  • Available new
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)
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verdict: Highly practical hybrid

The Skoda Superb Estate plug-in hybrid doesn’t compromise too much on the regular model’s huge interior, with just as much passenger space and a still-gargantuan boot. It’s also an eager performer and very comfortable, with an excellent cabin. The hybrid system opens up the potential for very low running costs, too. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Hugely spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Potentially very low running costs
Cons
  • Some scratchy cabin plastics
  • Boot space slightly compromised by hybrid system

BMW 5-series (2010-2017) review

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 verdict: Highly impressive luxury choice

The BMW 5 Series is very good to drive, whether you opt for a petrol or diesel engine. Despite the diesels’ frugality, they aren’t quite as inspiring as the petrol versions. The handling and steering are top-drawer. The only real gripes concern visibility and an interior that can be daunting to get used to.

Pros
  • Efficient engines
  • Great to drive
  • Impressive build quality
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Expensive options
  • Fiddly iDrive
  • Tricky to find best seating position

Lexus NX (2014-2021) review

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Full hybrid
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verdict: Worrying emission levels

Best Buy award removed. In addition to poor mpg figures, we found the Lexus NX emits so much CO (carbon monoxide) in our tests, we cannot possibly recommend it.

Pros
  • Great for city driving
  • Spacious interior
  • High level of safety
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Disappointing fuel economy and emissions
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Stiff ride

BMW M4 (2014-) review

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verdict: Brutally fast yet practical

With more than 400bhp and massive pulling power, the M4 has much stronger acceleration than the old M3, while boosting efficiency. It’s very useable for day-to-day driving – more than capable of being a refined cruiser. Seating comfort is good, too, and the boot is better than many sports car rivals.

Pros
  • Brilliant performance
  • Slick automatic
  • Sharp handling
  • Spacious front cabin/boot
Cons
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Expensive to buy and run

Honda Civic (2012-2017) review

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verdict: Distinctively different family car

There are some big improvements in the way the current Civic drives compared with the previous model, such as ride quality and steering feel, and it’s safe and secure to drive. The unusual body shape impacts a little on access and space, but overall the Civic is highly practical.

Pros
  • Class-leading boot
  • Spacious up front
  • Safe handling
  • Economical diesels
Cons
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Awkward to park
  • Unexciting to drive
  • High CO emissions from 1.8-litre petrol engine

Mercedes-Benz SLK (2011-2016) review

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verdict: Desirable, comfortable fun cruiser

The SLK is comfortable and good to cruise around in, but unlike some two-seat roadsters, it’s not a hardcore sports car. The seats are very comfortable and the heating system is impressive – you can happily drive around with the roof off in winter. One drawback is that the boot is very small and hard to access.

Pros
  • Impeccably built
  • Easy to drive
  • Cracking engines
Cons
  • Tricky to get into
  • Small boot
  • Less fun than a Porsche Boxster