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

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst large 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 7,500 new car reviews from 25 of the top motoring websites in the UK to produce our Expert Rating scores. Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

The large car sector covers an enormous range of price tags – as you’ll see below, a £30K Skoda Superb sits alongside a £300K Rolls-Royce Phantom. Alongside traditional saloons and estates, there are also sleeker liftbacks and ‘four-door coupé’ models trying to grab buyers’ interests as well.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received universal praise and is currently the highest-rated car we've analysed at The Car Expert.

Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with plenty of praise for its driving dynamics and overall performance.

BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series has received glowing media reviews and has won many awards. Its Expert Rating is easily the best in its class.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has received plenty of positive reviews for its luxury and engineering excellence. Not cheap to run, though...

Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb has received many outstanding media reviews and awards for its practicality, design and value for money.

Bentley Flying Spur

The Bentley Flying Spur is very large, very luxurious and very powerful – although key safety kit costs extra, which is very poor form.

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.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has received consistently positive media reviews, with high praise for its comfort, refinement and spaciousness.

Audi A8

The Audi A8 saloon has received many positive reviews for its comfort and advanced technology, and is a suitable flagship for the Audi range.

BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series is highly luxurious but also expensive and before spending you need to accept the Marmite styling with its huge grille.

Ford S-Max

The Ford S-Max holds an Expert Rating of 79% with scores that range from average to outstanding, and praise for its driving dynamics.

Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 has a sleek design and a sumptuous cabin. However it's not as nice to drive as a BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF.

Audi A6

The Audi A6 has received consistently good to very good scores from the UK media since its launch in 2018, with particular praise for its interior space, comfort and refinement.

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF has received mostly positive media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics and generous standard equipment levels.

Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat range has received generally positive media reviews, with particular praise for its refinement, comfort and space.

Volvo V90

The Volvo V90 has received consistently good media reviews, with high praise for its comfortable and stylish interior.

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Now in its third generation, the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS hasn't captured buyer attention or media acclaim like the original did years ago.

Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon has an Expert Rating that's pretty reasonable overall but falls well short of many of its similarly-priced rivals.

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES has received generally good to very good reviews from UK media sources. Consumer titles have rated it highly for its build quality, comfort and refinement, while performance-oriented titles have criticised its driving dynamics.

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has received generally good media reviews, with praise for being a comfortable, quiet, efficient and practical large saloon.

Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia has received broadly positive media reviews in the UK, but it lags well behind the best in its class.

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media. It occupies a narrow niche and is genuinely capable in all conditions.

Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo has received praise for its comfort and refinement, but criticism for its interior quality and infotainment systems.

Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati has received mostly average media reviews, with it's biggest problem being that it has to compete against some great rivals.

Once upon a time, driving a large saloon car was something many aspired to – ‘Mondeo Man’ even became a phrase typifying the 1990s – while large estates were venerable family workhorses. But the demand for SUVs has put the large car sector into a steep slide, with even Ford announcing that the current Mondeo is the last.

The large car sector covers an enormous range of price tags – as you’ll see below, a £30K Skoda Superb sits alongside a £300K Rolls-Royce Phantom. Alongside traditional saloons and estates, there are also sleeker liftbacks and ‘four-door coupé’ models trying to grab buyers’ interests as well.

Today if you want a large car you will find much more choice at the upper end of the market. The Audi A6 and A8, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class still underpin the market but in turn face competition from strong newcomers such as the Volvo V90 and for great luxury, the Bentley Flying Spur or Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Electricity is flowing slowly into this sector – while several large cars now offer plug-in hybrid options, those looking for a full battery-electric car settle mainly on the Tesla Model S.

Best car rankings

The Car Expert has the ultimate ranking of the best and worst new cars on sale, based on scores from 25 of the top UK motoring websites.