Best for ride quality
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.
Click here to download the full results
|2||Land Rover||Discovery 4||93.47%|
|6||Land Rover||Freelander 2||90.71%|
See the results…
- 1IntroductionWe reveal the best cars in 10 categories - from reliability to performance and running costs - as voted for by you
- 2Best for running costsAs motoring bills rise, which cars hit your wallet least? Our category countdown has the answers
- 3Best for reliability and build qualityWe name the most durable cars inside and out, which won’t let you down
- 4Best for performanceDoes your car have the punch to make overtaking a breeze? Or does it trail away from the lights?
- 5Best for brakingThe numbers have been crunched, and we can reveal the cars that are the top of the stoppers
- 6Best for handlingYou don’t have to be own a sports car to enjoy corners, with a surprise at the top of the chart
- 7Best for ride quality - currently readingThe models that soak up the roughest roads for a soft and relaxing ride
- 8Best for practicalityBig is best, but size isn’t everything – superminis mix it with off-roaders at head of the space race
- 9Best for comfortDrivers want the best seat in the house, but not all cars deliver. Here are your winners and losers
- 10Best for ease of drivingGood visibility, clear dials and responsive controls make all the difference when behind the wheel
- 11Best for technologyIt’s not just about the hi-tech kit on offer, but how easy it is to use and the difference it makes to you