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.

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PositionMakeModel%     
1JaguarS-Type95.19%         
2Land RoverDiscovery 493.47%         
3MercedesE-Class MkIV92.13%         
4JaguarXF91.60%         
5FordFocus MkIII91.03%         
6Land RoverFreelander 290.71%         
7SkodaSuperb MkII90.50%
8MercedesE-Class MkIII90.12%     

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