Best for ride quality

Best for ride quality
11 Apr, 2012 1:01am

The models that soak up the roughest roads for a soft and relaxing ride

UK roads are notorious for their bumps and potholes, so a car’s ability to glide over these smoothly is often a key selling point.

Low-profile tyres and firm suspension can ruin a car’s ride, but which models are the most comfortable on British tarmac?

1. Jaguar S-Type 
The Jaguar S-Type strikes the perfect balance between performance and comfort according to owners – and that could be down to the fact it’s British. Our roads are notoriously rough, so it helps that it’s been developed by British engineers who understand what British drivers want. The Jaguar XF only just missed out on a podium spot, too, taking fourth place in this category.

2. Land Rover Discovery 4 
For such a high-riding and luxurious off-roader, you’d expect the Discovery to boast a smooth, comfortable ride – and you'd be right. This is another British-built car able to soak up the worst lumps and bumps on the road. There is a trade-off, though: that soft suspension has resulted in a 74th- place finish for the Discovery in the handling category.

3. Mercedes E-Class 
The Mercedes E-Class has been around in one form or another since the early nineties, giving the company plenty of time to perfect the way it drives. Buyers are treated to a pillow-soft ride that helps make this one of the most relaxing cars on the road. Even the previous Mercedes E-Class makes an appearance on this list, in eighth place.

Last place: Smart ForTwo 
We’ve complained about the ForTwo's poor ride for years, and now buyers are expressing their displeasure, too – placing the tiny city car last in this category. In fact, the ForTwo got the lowest score of any car in any category, with an average of just 59.13 per cent. Second-to-last was the Land Rover Defender, which scored 65.36 per cent.

The results

Position Make Model %       Position Make Model %
1 Jaguar S-Type 95.19%       51 Honda Accord MkVII 81.47%
2 Land Rover Discovery 4 93.47%       52 Volvo C30 81.38%
3 Mercedes E-Class MkIV 92.13%       53 Renault Scenic MkII 81.35%
4 Jaguar XF 91.60%       54 Citroen Xsara Picasso 81.35%
5 Ford Focus MkIII 91.03%       55 Citroen C4 Picasso 81.06%
6 Land Rover Freelander 2 90.71%       56 Hyundai i30 81.03%
7 Skoda Superb MkII 90.50%       57 Volkswagen Touran 80.91%
8 Mercedes E-Class MkIII 90.12%       58 BMW 5 Series MkV 80.51%
9 Nissan Qashqai 89.07%       59 Audi TT MkII 80.43%
10 Ford S-MAX 88.78%       60 Audi A4 MkIV 80.13%
11 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 88.62%       61 Skoda Fabia MkII 80.10%
12 Skoda Yeti 88.61%       62 Toyota Yaris MkII 79.92%
13 Nissan X-Trail MkII 88.10%       63 Saab 9-3 MkII 79.67%
14 Volkswagen Golf MkVI 87.91%       64 Nissan Note 79.58%
15 Nissan Juke 87.75%       65 Toyota Corolla Verso MkII 79.45%
16 Honda CR-V MkIII 87.26%       66 Ford C-MAX MkI 79.33%
17 Vauxhall Astra MkVI 86.67%       67 Ford Focus MkII 79.33%
18 Toyota Avensis MkIII 86.43%       68 Mazda 3 MkII 79.30%
19 Volvo XC60 86.13%       69 BMW X5 MkII 78.87%
20 Jaguar X-Type 86.04%       70 Vauxhall Astra MkV 78.70%
21 Vauxhall Meriva MkII 85.68%       71 Vauxhall Vectra MkII 78.57%
22 Vauxhall Insignia 85.21%       72 Peugeot 207 78.52%
23 Volvo XC90 85.00%       73 Kia Cee'd 77.83%
24 Kia Sportage MkIII 84.91%       74 Citroen C4 MkI 77.50%
25 Volkswagen Scirocco MkIII 84.87%       75 Renault Megane MkII 77.24%
26 BMW 5 Series MkVI 84.82%       76 Mercedes A-Class MkII 77.19%
27 Toyota Prius MkIII 84.54%       77 Alfa Romeo MiTo 77.04%
28 Hyundai ix35 84.41%       78 Hyundai i10 76.47%
29 Volvo V50 84.41%       79 Hyundai i20 76.47%
30 Ford Mondeo MkIV 84.00%       80 Audi A1 76.25%
31 Toyota Prius MkII 83.98%       81 Audi A3 MkII 76.18%
32 Mercedes C-Class MkIII 83.95%       82 Nissan Micra MkIII 75.62%
33 Toyota Avensis MkII 83.79%       83 Honda Jazz MkII 75.51%
34 Vauxhall Agila MkII 83.61%       84 Volkswagen Polo MkIV 75.36%
35 Ford Kuga 83.46%       85 BMW 3 Series MkIV 74.97%
36 Lexus IS MkII 83.01%       86 Toyota Aygo MkI 74.72%
37 Renault Megane MkIII 82.98%       87 SEAT Leon MkII 74.37%
38 Skoda Octavia MkII 82.98%       88 SEAT Ibiza MkIV 73.77%
39 Vauxhall Zafira MkII 82.95%       89 Renault Clio MkIII 72.94%
40 Volkswagen Passat MkV 82.90%       90 Ford Fiesta MkV 72.04%
41 Audi A6 MkIII 82.70%       91 Honda Jazz MkI 71.76%
42 Toyota Auris 82.70%       92 Peugeot 307 71.59%
43 Toyota RAV4 MkII 82.69%       93 BMW 1 Series MkI 71.02%
44 Mazda 6 MkII 82.60%       94 Peugeot 206 70.88%
45 Volkswagen Tiguan 82.41%       95 MINI MkI 70.15%
46 Toyota iQ 82.37%       96 Fiat 500 68.00%
47 Vauxhall Corsa MkIII 82.34%       97 Fiat Panda MkII 67.95%
48 Volkswagen Polo MkV 82.22%       98 Honda Civic MkVIII 67.59%
49 Volkswagen Golf MkV 82.06%       99 Land Rover Defender 65.36%
50 Ford Fiesta MkVI 81.67%       100 Smart ForTwo MkII 59.13%

See the results…

Disqus - noscript

Who decided this? Where's the S Class and Range Rover Vogue, for example? I have just bought a Volvo XC60 (ranked 19th) for my wife, and it is rock hard. Its my own fault, but I tried an XC60 2 years ago, and it was fine. No doubt they toughened up the suspension to please the motoring journo's.

This is somewhere in the region of complete nonsense. Citroen Xsara on 54th place??? Please, get a clue!

-- Greg

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