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Revealed: The UK’s least loved new cars

Alpine A110 sports car on display at Brussels Expo on January 8, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)
The Alpine A110 sports car received a flood of negative reviews. Photo: Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty (Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images)

We all have cars we love and those which we think should be banned from the roads. But which are the best and worst new cars to buy in the eyes of UK motorists?

The Alpine A110 is the UK’s least loved new car, according to a survey of over 50,000 drivers conducted by consumer group Which?.

The French sports car got a 60% customer score, with drivers describing it as “quite annoying to drive” and a car that “breaks down a lot”.

The MG ZS scored 68%, despite being the fifth most popular car in September 2023, according to sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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The Fiat 500 (2008-), Audi A3 Saloon (2020-) and Citroen C3 (2017-) also finished in the bottom five, posting customer scores of 70%, 71% and 74%, respectively.

The UK's least loved new cars

Model

Customer score

Alpine A110 (2019-)

60%

MG ZS (2018-)

68%

Fiat 500 (2008-)

70%

Audi A3 Saloon (2020-)

71%

Citroen C3 (2017-)

74%

But what about the cars we love?

The Toyota (7203.T) RAV4 plug-in hybrid came in first place with a score of 95%.

The Japanese SUV was described by one driver as “relaxing and comfortable to drive, with very good acceleration”. It was also described as “exceptionally economical”, something more drivers are paying attention to amid the cost of living crisis. It retails at around £42,500.

Skoda’s Superb Estate (2015) came in as the nation’s second favourite car with a customer score of 93%. The model’s average price is just shy of £30,000.

Overall, Asian manufacturers led the way when it came to customer score, with Japanese and South Korean models making up the rest of the top five. The Honda (7267.T) Jazz Crosstar (2020-), KIA (000270.KS) EV6 (2021-) and Mazda (7261.T) MX-5 convertible (2015-) all received customer scores of 92

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