The top ten best cars for ride and handling

Driver Power asked UK new car buyers about their cars' ride and handling, and these are the top ten highest rated

  • Covering: Responsiveness of the steering, braking responsiveness and effectiveness, ride quality and smoothness, road handling, driving pleasure
  • Winner: Toyota Corolla
  • Score: 95.37%

The 12th-generation Corolla has had a great first outing on its Driver Power debut. Its victory in the ride and handling category is well earned, with an excellent set of scores across the board.

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You were especially taken with the smoothness of the Corolla’s ride – showing buyers may prefer a more relaxed car to a sportier, firmer one. Its overall handling was also well rated, and you say it’s a pleasurable car to drive as a result.

In second place, the Lexus UX impressed owners most with the responsiveness of its brakes, and you also found it generally enjoyable to drive. It was beaten to the mark on road handling by the Subaru XV, though, while the Volvo XC40 scored big points in the driving pleasure sub-category. Impressively, in a category that is dominated by much larger machines, the Kia Picanto city car managed to finish in fourth, with drivers raving about its steering and road handling. The all-electric Renault Zoe in seventh place also did well for driving pleasure.

Your view

“The steering is precise, it feels very planted, it rides over potholes well, and I got used to how it drives almost immediately.”

Ride and handling top 10

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. Lexus UX
  3. Subaru XV
  4. Kia Picanto
  5. Lexus RX
  6. Jaguar XF
  7. Renault Zoe
  8. Lexus IS
  9. Volvo XC40
  10. Subaru Outback

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