Best for ease of driving

Want a car that offers fuss free transport? Don't miss our guide to the UK's easiest cars to drive.

Category: Ease of Driving

Driving can be stressful. No matter how much we love getting behind the wheel and seeing an empty ribbon of tarmac stretch out in front of us, cruising on a congested motorway or negotiating a busy high street is our daily routine.

The last thing you need when trying to reach your destination safely and swiftly is a car with a sensitive clutch, awkward gearbox or unpredictable steering. It’s in the ease of driving category that we find the cars that a breeze to pilot and those that are simply draining to drive.

At the top of the chart is a model that’s likely to leave you more relaxed at the end of your journey than you were when you started out.

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And that's why our winner is Jaguar’s XF. It offers a smooth shifting automatic gearbox, ample performance, sharp handling and perfectly weighted steering. 

It also has excellent all-round parking sensors and the option of a reversing camera to take all the difficulty out of manoeuvring in tight spaces. 

Perhaps even more impressive is our second placed model, which does without most of those luxuries. Skoda’s Yeti has earned its silver medal with smart design, great visibility and accurate controls.

What you said: "this car far exceeded my expectations, it is a joy to own and drive." - Jaguar XF owner

"It is the best car I have ever owned. I am disabled and the car is very practical and very easy to live with" - Skoda Yeti 4x4 Owner

1

JAGUARXF96.61%

2

SKODAYETI95.71%

3

SKODASUPERB NEW95.38%

4

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIII94.74%

5

JAGUARS-TYPE94.51%

6

NISSANQASHQAI94.17%

7

AUDITT/ROADSTER NEW93.81%

8

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKIII93.64%

9

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIV92.90%

10

LAND ROVERFREELANDER NEW92.54%

11

SKODAOCTAVIA NEW92.27%

12

HONDAJAZZ OLD92.00%

13

VOLVOV5092.00%

14

MAZDAMX-5/RC MKIII91.94%

15

VOLKSWAGENSCIROCCO91.83%

16

RENAULTLAGUNA MKIII91.79%

17

SKODAFABIA NEW91.76%

18

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S NEW91.69%

19

HONDAJAZZ NEW91.40%

20

HONDAACCORD MKVII91.29%

21

HYUNDAII30 (clean)91.28%

22

MERCEDESA-CLASS NEW91.20%

23

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKII91.14%

24

FIAT50091.14%

25

ROVER7591.14%

26

SAAB9-5 OLD91.11%

27

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKVI90.86%

28

FORDFIESTA MKVI90.71%

29

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKV90.66%

30

FORDS-MAX90.57%

31

KIACEE'D90.52%

32

FIATPANDA90.50%

33

NISSANNOTE90.38%

34

SEATALTEA90.31%

35

LEXUSIS NEW90.18%

36

VauxhallINSIGNIA90.00%

37

AUDIA6 MKIII89.67%

38

SEATLEON MKII89.65%

39

VAUXHALLASTRA MKVI89.62%

40

BMW3-SERIES MKIV89.50%

41

AUDIA389.41%

42

CITROENC4 PICASSO89.35%

43

HYUNDAICOUPE89.23%

44

JAGUARX-TYPE89.19%

45

BMW5-SERIES MKV89.18%

46

NISSANMICRA MKIII89.18%

47

VOLVOS6089.12%

48

VOLVOS4089.06%

49

MAZDA2 NEW89.02%

50

HONDACR-V MKIII88.91%
 

51

BMW3-SERIES MKIII88.64%

52

AUDIA4 MKIII88.57%

53

TOYOTAAURIS88.40%

54

FORDMONDEO MKIV88.31%

55

VOLKSWAGENTOURAN88.25%

56

BMW1-SERIES88.20%

57

SEATIBIZA MKIV88.15%

58

RENAULTMEGANE MKIII88.11%

59

HONDACIVIC MKVII88.11%

60

FORDFOCUS OLD88.10%

61

MAZDA6 NEW88.04%

62

CITROENC5 NEW87.92%

63

SAAB 9-387.76%

64

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT 2000-200587.63%

65

ALFA ROMEO15987.42%

66

AUDIA4 MKIV87.34%

67

HONDACIVIC MKVIII86.85%

68

VOLKSWAGENPOLO MKIV86.76%

69

ALFA ROMEO15686.76%

70

RENAULTMEGANE MKII86.67%

71

AUDIA586.67%

72

FORDC-MAX OLD86.52%

73

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S OLD86.46%

74

RENAULTCLIO MKIII86.29%

75

VAUXHALLCORSA NEW86.23%

76

FORDFIESTA MKV85.99%

77

VAUXHALLZAFIRA NEW85.91%

78

FORDMONDEO MKIII85.77%

79

FIATGRANDE PUNTO85.67%

80

FORDKA OLD85.66%

81

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT OLD85.63%

82

MAZDA6 OLD85.62%

83

FORDFOCUS 1998-200485.42%

84

CITROENXSARA PICASSO85.16%

85

RENAULTSCENIC/GRAND SCENIC MKII84.82%

86

PEUGEOT20784.69%

87

LAND ROVERFREELANDER OLD84.62%

88

CITROENC4 OLD84.31%

89

TOYOTAAVENSIS OLD84.17%

90

FIATBRAVO84.06%

91

FIATPUNTO83.87%

92

TOYOTACOROLLA83.67%

93

VAUXHALLVECTRA MKIII83.47%

94

MAZDARX-883.38%

95

TOYOTAYARIS NEW82.78%

96

VAUXHALLCORSA OLD82.63%

97

VAUXHALLASTRA MKV82.29%

98

VAUXHALLMERIVA OLD82.00%

99

RENAULTCLIO MKII81.67%

100

PEUGEOT30780.48%

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