Best for braking

Which UK car is your top of the stops? Our survey for braking performance reveals all.

Category: Braking

When was the last time you looked at a car’s braking stats before you digested its performance figures?

Perhaps you should... As our survey shows, if you’re not confident in the ability of any model to slow down as effectively as it speeds up, you won’t ever feel truly at home behind the wheel.

The models at the top of this chart have a brake pedal that always delivers a sharp and accurate response and never prematurely activates the Antilock Braking System.    

If a car isn’t scoring well in the braking chart it will leave drivers dreading emergency stops and not knowing exactly when to start slowing down for junctions or corners. 

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While you might expect a lightweight sports car to grab gold here, instead you’ll find a full sized executivesaloon in pole position, closely followed by a family model. Jaguar’s XF and Skoda’s Superb have proved to be the best brakers of the lot. 

At the bottom of the chart three superminis show that it takes more than a low kerb weight to slow down effectively. The old shape versions of Ford’s Ka, Vauxhall’s Corsa and Fiat’s Punto are all leaving drivers wary of sudden braking.

What you said: "The best car I have ever owned - superb ride, handling is great - just love getting into the car every time - for the money, you will not find any car to beat it!" - Jaguar XF owner

"The steering, brakes and handling were all brilliant, Plus the boot is so big, and there's so much rear legroom, it feels like being in a limousine!" Superb Owner, David Tanner, of Fareham, Hants.

1

JAGUARXF93.33%

2

SKODASUPERB NEW93.08%

3

MAZDAMX-5/RC MKIII92.60%

4

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIII92.37%

5

RENAULTLAGUNA MKIII92.22%

6

VAUXHALLASTRA MKVI92.22%

7

AUDITT/ROADSTER NEW92.20%

8

HYUNDAII30 (clean)92.12%

9

SKODAOCTAVIA NEW91.28%

10

BMW3-SERIES MKIV91.19%

11

SKODAYETI91.14%

12

VauxhallINSIGNIA91.00%

13

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIV90.79%

14

NISSANQASHQAI90.72%

15

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKIII90.41%

16

SEATLEON MKII90.23%

17

BMW1-SERIES90.15%

18

LEXUSIS NEW90.00%

19

AUDIA4 MKIV89.93%

20

BMW5-SERIES MKV89.72%

21

MAZDARX-889.61%

22

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKVI89.40%

23

HONDAJAZZ NEW89.25%

24

VOLVOS6088.97%

25

LAND ROVERFREELANDER NEW88.89%

26

ALFA ROMEO15988.85%

27

AUDIA588.79%

28

KIACEE'D88.66%

29

RENAULTMEGANE MKIII88.59%

30

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S NEW88.31%

31

RENAULTCLIO MKIII88.25%

32

JAGUARS-TYPE87.96%

33

VAUXHALLZAFIRA NEW87.92%

34

FORDMONDEO MKIV87.67%

35

VOLKSWAGENSCIROCCO87.61%

36

MERCEDESA-CLASS NEW87.60%

37

VOLVOV5087.38%

38

NISSANMICRA MKIII87.23%

39

AUDIA6 MKIII87.03%

40

MAZDA6 NEW86.81%

41

BMW3-SERIES MKIII86.59%

42

AUDIA386.42%

43

TOYOTAAURIS86.40%

44

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKV86.37%

45

CITROENC4 PICASSO86.24%

46

FORDS-MAX86.21%

47

ROVER7585.81%

48

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKII85.57%

49

VAUXHALLCORSA NEW85.40%

50

SKODAFABIA NEW85.30%
 

51

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT OLD85.22%

52

NISSANNOTE85.09%

53

SAAB 9-384.93%

54

VAUXHALLMERIVA OLD84.92%

55

SEATIBIZA MKIV84.73%

56

MAZDA6 OLD84.72%

57

SAAB9-5 OLD84.66%

58

HONDAJAZZ OLD84.56%

59

VOLKSWAGENTOURAN84.44%

60

FORDFOCUS OLD84.38%

61

SEATALTEA84.38%

62

FIATGRANDE PUNTO84.24%

63

RENAULTMEGANE MKII84.06%

64

CITROENC4 OLD84.06%

65

HYUNDAICOUPE83.94%

66

FIAT50083.75%

67

FORDFIESTA MKVI83.38%

68

AUDIA4 MKIII83.33%

69

PEUGEOT20783.21%

70

HONDACIVIC MKVIII83.03%

71

VAUXHALLASTRA MKV82.92%

72

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT 2000-200582.89%

73

FORDC-MAX OLD82.80%

74

HONDACR-V MKIII82.80%

75

CITROENC5 NEW82.55%

76

JAGUARX-TYPE82.26%

77

TOYOTAAVENSIS OLD82.03%

78

MAZDA2 NEW81.96%

79

HONDAACCORD MKVII81.90%

80

HONDACIVIC MKVII81.64%

81

FORDFIESTA MKV81.22%

82

VOLVOS4081.18%

83

RENAULTSCENIC/GRAND SCENIC MKII81.07%

84

PEUGEOT30780.71%

85

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S OLD80.62%

86

FIATBRAVO80.31%

87

LAND ROVERFREELANDER OLD80.31%

88

ALFA ROMEO15680.29%

89

CITROENXSARA PICASSO80.22%

90

TOYOTACOROLLA80.00%

91

RENAULTCLIO MKII79.76%

92

FIATPANDA79.75%

93

VAUXHALLVECTRA MKIII79.00%

94

TOYOTAYARIS NEW78.89%

95

FORDFOCUS 1998-200478.54%

96

VOLKSWAGENPOLO MKIV76.94%

97

FORDMONDEO MKIII76.87%

98

FIATPUNTO75.16%

99

VAUXHALLCORSA OLD74.29%

100

FORDKA OLD72.22%

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