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Buying A Car - Help me find a car
Car buyers have never had it so good in terms of choice and quality. Manufacturers are building ever-safer and ever more fuel-efficient cars.
This level of excellence presents a challenge, though. If every car has something to recommend it, how do you choose one above all others?
Our car reviews can help. The experience and objectivity of What Car's team of road testers has been distilled into reviews of more than 4000 cars. Complementing our findings are the real-world experiences of real-world owners.
We put cars into categories to help you see cars similar to any that you are interested in. Our categories are
The best superminis are small cars with big appeal and low buying and running costs. Easy to park too, cars included in this group include Audi A1, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i10 and VW Polo.
Small family cars
The typical family hatchbabck, these cars are roomy and safe that are also affordable to own. Cars in this category include: Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Ford Focus, Hyuindai i30 and Volkswagen Golf.
These have the space and practicality to cope with family life. Popular company car buys too. We class the following as family cars: Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Toyota Avensis, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat.
Executive cars and compact executives
These are the must-haves of the company car park. Cars inlcuded here include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, as well as the bigger Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF.
A big boot comes as standard, but the best estate cars have sensible running costs, too. The best include: Ford Mondeo Estate, BMW 5 Series Touring review and Skoda Octavia Estate
Whether you driving or being driven, these are sumptuous crusiers to waft along in, cars such as Jaguar XJ, Mercedes S-Class, Rolls-Royce Phantom
Perfect for transporting your family and their stuff. The best ones have a flexible seating layout, too, such as the Citroen C3 Picasso, Peugeot 5008 and Seat Alhambra
Crossovers have muscular looks and the high-riding driving position of a 4x4, but the best versions come in two-wheel-drive and subsequently lower running costs. Crossover cars inlcude the Audi Q3, Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5.
Go-anywhere capability, rugged looks and the best 4x4s don't have punishing running costs either. The best examples of 4x4s include the BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Evoque.
The best coupes are great looking sports cars that combine fantastic performance with decent practicality and include the Audi TT, Toyota GT86 and VW Scirocco.
These cars and ideal for sunny days and winter blasts. The best drop tops include the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and Porsche Boxster
Cars that you can depend on to give you a thrill, think Audi R8, McLaren MP4-12C and Porsche 911.
Next, it's time to start refining your search. You can choose by price (from £4000 to £100,000+), new or used, bodystyle, fuel consumption, or by features (such as cars with automatic gearboxes, parking sensors, leather seats etc).
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