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Expert Rating Index

Our award-winning Expert Rating Index compiles and aggregates millions of key data points to bring you the definitive rating of every new car

What is the Expert Rating Index?

I've heard people talking about it, but what is it exactly?

The Car Expert’s award-winning Expert Rating Index compiles and aggregates tens of millions of key data points on every new car (as well as a growing number of near-new used cars), including more than 15,700 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring websites. We also factor in complete safety data from Euro NCAP, reliability data and five-year running cost information.

As of May 2024, we have more than 530 cars indexed and rated. More cars are added to the Index every week.

All this adds up to the most comprehensive analysis of expert opinion and real-world data found anywhere in the motoring world.

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Newest cars

The latest cars added to the Expert Rating Index

BMW 5 Series

The eight-generation BMW 5 Series has been praised for its intuitive on-board tech, but high pricing remains and issue for reviewers.

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has returned as a practical battery-powered SUV, but how will it fare in an already crowded electric SUV market?

Mini Countryman

Spacious and fun to drive - the new Mini Countryman is a well-rounded SUV that is also available with electric power for the first time.

Mini Aceman

The Mini Aceman is an electric crossover with boxy looks that is set to join the ever competitive small battery-powered SUV category.

Mazda 2 Hybrid

The Mazda 2 Hybrid is a re-badged Toyota Yaris, so it offers the same great fuel economy and safety, and same average driving dynamics.

Mini Cooper Electric

The all-new second-generation Mini Cooper Electric is now available to order in the UK, and coming soon to our Expert Rating Index.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is sleeker and more stylish than the mechanically identical A 35 saloon, but it's also about £3.5K dearer.

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is an electric SUV with impressive on-board tech, practicality and battery range, but the price has gone up over the previous model.

Popular cars

Most popular cars in the Expert Rating Index over the last seven days

BMW 1 Series

The BMW 1 Series has received positive media reviews and holds a solid safety rating, although it has a patchy reliability record.

Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque is a very capable premium SUV with a plug-in option, but reliability issues blunt its appeal.

Fiat 500L (2013 to 2021)

The Fiat 500L received poor reviews during its life. It lacked the cuteness of the smaller 500, although it offered far more interior space.

BMW M5

Supercar performance with a saloon silhouette, the BMW M5 is a supremely fast performance car that is both practical and comfortable.

Peugeot 2008 (2013 to 2019)

The original Peugeot 2008 was an economical and spacious small SUV suited to the school run, but it offered a pretty dull driving experience.

Peugeot 3008 (2017 to 2024)

The Peugeot 3008 SUV has received unanimously positive media reviews, as well as many awards in the UK and internationally.

How our Expert Rating scores are calculated

Our award-winning Expert Rating Index has been completely overhauled for 2024. Using millions of data points, The Car Expert brings you definitive ratings on all the most popular new and used cars in the UK.

Genesis GV70

A generous customer service package makes the Genesis GV70 an attractive proposition, but it fails to stand up against its premium rivals in many areas.

Expert Ratings by brand

Every new and used car we've analysed, with more being added every week

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech brand's first bespoke EV and an SUV attracting a lot of positive vibes from reviewers.

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated electric car and a very good one – but it is more expensive than the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5.

MG 4

Other electric cars are more polished, but reviewers believe the MG 4 is one of the best in its class - its unbeatable pricing is a bonus.

Cupra Born

The Cupra Born is an all-electric hatchback commended for its practical interior and battery range, though reviewers find its performance underwhelming.

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo has received generally good media reviews, with praise for its high levels of build quality and general refinement.

Mazda 2 Hybrid

The Mazda 2 Hybrid is a re-badged Toyota Yaris, so it offers the same great fuel economy and safety, and same average driving dynamics.

Toyota Yaris

The fourth-generation Toyota Yaris has a clever hybrid powertrain to maximise electric power, but the interior isn't as nice as some rivals.

Fiat 500 Electric

The new Fiat 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are much better than the old model.

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated electric car and a very good one – but it is more expensive than the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5.

MG 4

Other electric cars are more polished, but reviewers believe the MG 4 is one of the best in its class - its unbeatable pricing is a bonus.

Cupra Born

The Cupra Born is an all-electric hatchback commended for its practical interior and battery range, though reviewers find its performance underwhelming.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is making waves with its striking design, spacious interior and impressive performance, but its poor ride comfort leaves room for improvement.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is perhaps the most hotly anticipated people carrier ever, and early review scores suggest it's worth the hype.

BMW i5

Reviewers agree that the talented BMW i5 is one of the most well-rounded electric saloons on the market, but rivals offer more battery range.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

A sophisticated tech-laden EV, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a high-end saloon highlighted for its futuristic interior and class-leading battery range.

Volkswagen ID.7

The Volkswagen ID.7 is a comfortable and tech-laden electric saloon with a great battery range, but some reviewers have found it dull to drive.

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is an electric SUV with impressive on-board tech, practicality and battery range, but the price has gone up over the previous model.

BMW X1

The BMW X1 is one of the most spacious and well-equipped options in the small SUV class, but it also one of the most expensive.

BMW iX1

The BMW iX1 is an electric version of the regular X1 SUV. It offers strong performance, an excellent safety score and low running costs.

Kia Niro

Reviewers agree that the second-generation Kia Niro SUV improves on its predecessor in many areas, but it is not all that exciting to drive.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech brand's first bespoke EV and an SUV attracting a lot of positive vibes from reviewers.

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya is a capable all-rounder and a serious EV contender, but rivals have more storage space and it's by no means cheap.

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y offers similar tech and performance to the popular Model 3 with extra practicality, but the ride quality is disappointing.

Toyota bZ4X

The Toyota bZ4X SUV is a spacious and well-equipped electric all-rounder, but some of awkward design elements hinder its practicality.

Kia EV9

The Kia EV9 is a spacious seven-seat electric SUV and an excellent car. It takes the brand into new territory, and does so successfully.

BMW iX

The BMW iX is a large all-electric SUV that is the most technologically advanced BMW to date, but its grandeur requires deep pockets.

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is an upmarket SUV that offers and efficient and leisurely driving experience, but its rivals are more engaging to drive.

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X has been praised for its performance, styling and 'Falcon' wing doors, but it has been criticised for build quality compared to rivals.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech brand's first bespoke EV and an SUV attracting a lot of positive vibes from reviewers.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV offers quality, practicality and comfort, but optional extras can drive the price up very quickly.

Volvo EC40

The Volvo EC40 is a coupé-SUV that is both pleasant and potent on the move, but its price tag is too expensive for it to be a sensible choice.

Volkswagen ID.5

The Volkswagen ID.5 is a capable coupé-SUV with plenty of tech and a good battery range, but it is hard to justify over its talented rivals.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Blistering speed and entertaining driving dynamics make the electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 N a proper driver's car, but its pricing is rather high.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Summary Few cars excite at the mention of their name...

Honda Civic Type R

Like its predecessor, the latest Honda Civic Type R has been earmarked as one of the best hot hatches around, despite its hefty price tag.

Hyundai i20 N

Singled out at the Ford Fiesta ST's closest rival to date, the Hyundai i20 N is a very talented small hot hatch that is serious fun to drive.

Fiat 500 Electric

The new Fiat 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are much better than the old model.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Refined, practical, well-equipped with impressive performance - the BMW 4 Series is considered a soft-top class-leader, despite its polarising looks.

BMW M4

The new 2021 BMW M4 is incredibly powerful but equally flexible, but the front-end styling is dividing opinion among reviewers.

BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 isn't as sporty as its look suggest, but it has shown to be highly reliable and has an excellent safety rating.

BMW 4 Series Coupé

The BMW 4 Series Coupé is a fine-driving two-door and scores highly with reviewers. You just need to get past that enormous grille.

BMW M4

The new 2021 BMW M4 is incredibly powerful but equally flexible, but the front-end styling is dividing opinion among reviewers.

BMW 2 Series Coupé

Fast, fun and refined inside, reviewers agree that the 2 Series Coupé is a great showcase of BMW’s abilities, though space is limited in the rear.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

The Rolls-Royce Spectre is one of the most luxurious electric cars money can buy, but its ride quality is hindered by its heavy weight.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has been a pioneer for electric cars, single-handedly changing the perception of EVs having poor performance and range.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Blistering speed and entertaining driving dynamics make the electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 N a proper driver's car, but its pricing is rather high.

Honda Civic Type R

Like its predecessor, the latest Honda Civic Type R has been earmarked as one of the best hot hatches around, despite its hefty price tag.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Summary Few cars excite at the mention of their name...

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is perhaps the most hotly anticipated people carrier ever, and early review scores suggest it's worth the hype.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

A spacious car with a quality interior, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is an interesting SUV alternative, though top-spec models are pricey.

Ford Tourneo Connect

The Ford Tourneo Connect is a safe, roomy, versatile and comfortable people carrier, but its interior leaves room for improvement.

Citroën ë-Berlingo

The Citroën ë-Berlingo is a practical electric people carrier that is peaceful to drive, but its battery range is shorter than its rivals.

More new car ratings are being added to the Expert Rating Index every day and we continually update each cars whenever we get new information, so keep checking back regularly for the latest updates. In the meantime, you can check out the latest news or read up on some expert car buying advice.