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The definitive ranking of the best and worst medium cars on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst medium cars on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 15,000 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring titles to produce our Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

Despite the growing move towards SUVs, the variety of medium-sized cars remains huge and is more complex than ever. Several brands have more than one vehicle in this segment, with a variety of body styles like saloons, hatchbacks, estates and liftbacks. There is also plenty of choice when it comes to power, with petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles all available.

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.

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.

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 Golf

Media reviews of the new Volkswagen Golf have been positive, although its Expert Rating is currently lower than the previous model.

Smart #1

Reviewers agree that the Smart #1 is a practical and refined compact family car, but its infotainment could deter some buyers.

Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen ID.3 has been praised for its battery range, comfort and ease of use. However, it's expensive compared to a Golf.

Honda Civic

Engine efficiency and agile handling make the 11th-generation Honda Civic a capable family car choice, but it's rivals are more affordable.

BYD Seal

Reviewers conclude that the BYD Seal is an impressive all-electric saloon, but its intrusive assistance systems may deter some buyers.

BMW i4

A convincing alternative to the Tesla Model 3, the all-electric BMW i4 is highly-regarded thanks to its impressive battery range and performance.

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia has received praise from reviewers for its spacious cabin, practicality and value for money.

Renault Mégane E-Tech

The Renault Megane E-Tech is an all-electric hatchback commended for its battery range and stylish looks, though rivals are more practical.

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.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 has been highly praised by the UK media for its performance, driving dynamics and minimalist style, with criticism for some ergonomic issues.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received good reviews and awards from the UK media, with praise for its comfort, refinement and safety kit.

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 has received many positive reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as from lifestyle and technology titles.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series has received very high scores from the UK media, with particular praise for the way it drives compared to its rivals.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus has received many good reviews and awards from the UK media, and has been widely praised for its driving dynamics and safety.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Now in its fifth generation, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive saloon praised for its comfortable and tech-laden interior.

Nissan Leaf

The latest Nissan Leaf has received consistently good scores from the UK motoring media, although it has few electric family car rivals to measure against.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has received mixed reviews, with praise for its styling and technology but criticism for a lack of practicality.


The new SEAT Leon is considered more refined although less sporty than the old model. The plug-in hybrid has received particular praise.

Citroën ë-C4

The electric Citroën ë-C4 has a higher Expert Rating than its petrol/diesel C4 sibling, and has been praised for its styling and comfort.

Peugeot 308

Efficient engines and a comfortable interior make the latest Peugeot 308 a sensible choice – but other family hatchbacks are more spacious.

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has received positive reviews from the UK media, with praise for its practicality, build quality and low running costs.

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.

Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran is one of the most practical and functional cars on the market, but it's a dull and bland experience.

Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 liftback and estate have received a wider range of scores than usual from the UK media, ranging from average to outstanding.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is just about the most stylish people-carrier out there and with lots of tech, but this is reflected in its price.

Audi A3

The Audi A3 range has been praised for its refinement and improved driving dynamics, but criticised for a clunky touchscreen interior.

Peugeot 408

The Peugeot 408 is both stylish and well-equipped, but reviewers argue that the similar Citroën C5 X is more comfortable and cheaper to buy.

Vauxhall Astra

Attractive, capable and affordable - reviewers agree that the Vauxhall Astra is an interesting proposition, but rivals are more entertaining on the road.

Skoda Scala

The Skoda Scala has received positive media reviews, but the level of enthusiasm has varied from mild disinterest to lashings of praise.

MG 5

Its not very exciting, but it's not trying to be. The MG 5 is a budget EV family car whose one job is to undercut everything else on price.

Kia Ceed

The Kia Ceed has received positive scores from the UK media, with the top-spec GT model generally scoring better than the rest of the range.

Vauxhall Astra Electric

The Vauxhall Astra Electric is not a bad vehicle at all, but the strength and pricing of other family EVs makes it hard to recommend.

Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 has received generally good to very good UK media reviews, with particular praise for its styling and value for money.

DS 4

The DS 4 is a stylish mid-sized hatchback, but the driving substance lets it down and its Expert Rating is well off the pace of its rivals.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé blends the style of the 4 Series Coupé with the practicality of the 3 Series saloon, mostly to good effect.

Jaguar XE

The updated Jaguar XE has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating that is competitive with its main rivals.

Citroën C4

Initial reviews for the new Citroën C4 have been generally positive, although not quite as strong as for leading rivals in its class.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has received mixed reviews, being great to drive but not as practical as either the 1 Series or 3 Series.

Genesis G70

The Genesis G70 is a compact executive saloon praised for its comfort, but established rival brands offer more practicality and economy.

Kia ProCeed

The Kia ProCeed offers more practicality than its stylish looks and sloping roof might suggest, though rivals are more fun to drive.

Audi A4

The Audi A4 has always been a classy and desirable saloon, but it's let down by poor reliability and high running costs.

Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, and ranks right in the middle of the midfield for this sector.

Suzuki Swace

The Suzuki Swace is a rebadged Toyota Corolla estate and worth considering, not necessarily on price but certainly on equipment levels.

Audi A5 Sportback

The Audi A5 Sportback offers sharp coupé visuals with liftback practicality, yet while competent on the road, it doesn't excite.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has received many positive reviews from the motoring media, but reliability and running costs are problematic.

Audi RS 4

An estate car that is fearssomely quick and highly practical, reviewers agree the Audi RS 4 is a superb package, despite high running costs.

Fiat Tipo

The Fiat Tipo has received generally poor media reviews, which has resulted in an Expert Rating that is currently the lowest in its class.