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Parkers publishes expert car reviews of new and used models for sale in the UK. Select from any of the cars below to find the right vehicle for your needs at the right budget for your finances. Our reviews are packed with independent car advice, specs, photo galleries, hints and tips you can trust.

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Why you can trust Parkers' car reviews

We have a highly-experienced team of car reviewers who attend all new car launches, then test the cars in real-world situations with a view to how they will work for you.

Overall Parkers star rating: what does it mean?

It's a fundemental reason for reading a review: should you buy this car. Our overall star rating in conjunction with the review verdict should leave you in no doubt whether we recommend this car or not. We work on the principle that if a car is good without being excellent in any significant way, it gets three stars. If it's very good, it gets four – and anything above that means it's excellent and highly recommended.

We constantly review our star ratings, and they are a good way of comparing rivals – as well as seeing how highly we rate the car in question. Importantly, the overall star rating is not an average of the section ratings (below), but our view on how fit the car is for purpose in overall terms.

Review verdict: should you buy this car?

This is a short summary telling you what’s hot or not about any given car, in context with its rivals and most importantly, whether we recommend it or not. It’s something we apply to all reviewing, be it an all-new supercar, a family SUV, a new city car, or an update to a review that’s been live for years.

We test cars where you’re likely to drive them. In the main it’s on public highways in the UK, but often we go further afield to attend international launch events to provide you with reviews that are timely as well as content-rich.

On top of that if it’s a car you may like to drive on a racetrack, or one that’s likely to be taken off-roading, we’ll do that too. We want Parkers to be your one-stop shop for anything you need to know about a new or used car. This is a verdict that you can trust.

The Parkers 10-point star ratings explained   

Parkers star rating explained

Our team of expert reviewers has more than 100 years of car reviewing experience across many publications to call upon, and we make a concerted effort to ensure ratings we award are verdicts the entire team can get behind. We hold regular meetings to discuss the pros and cons of each car we rate to produce the most comprehensive, reliable car review available – and one that you can trust when entering the car buying process.

Each and every car review you read goes through the same rigorous editing process, not only in search of errors but also to fact check, hone, update and improve where necessary.

All car reviews are designed to test the cars in the following areas:

Practicality

The most important areas covered include how much room there is for the driver, passengers and their oddments. Also, we show you how big the boot and internal storage areas are and car’s dimensions so you can see if it fits in your garage.

We also review the safety of the car, so show crash test results (where applicable). We also give an evaluation of the safety and driver-assistance systems, information on Isofix and I-Size child seat mounting points, and point out any other worthy systems which may affect the car's ability to avoid accidents as well as how they handle crashes.

Interior

We check the car's comfort levels in terms of ride quality, noise, seat bolstering and adjustability of driving position, and then test them on a variety of journeys. The car is thoroughly reviewed from the driver's perspective, so we look at its driving position, visibility and how the equipment works. The equipment on each trim level is assessed, plus a guide to the optional extras on offer and whether they offer value for money. Also, we take a close look at cabin finishing and materials, availability and performance of multimedia tech such as infotainment touchscreens.

Running costs

We analyse the fuel economy and miles per pound that each major model delivers, private and company car tax, resale values, warranty and servicing packages. In addition, we look at the car's emissions (if it's not electric or fuel cell), and report how they fare for CO2 output, NOx and particulates.

If there are any known reliability issues or recalls or prevalent tales of woe from our contacts in the trade, we'll share them here, as well as report on our findings from thousands of owners’ reviews.

Engines

It's here we talk about a car's performance. It's not just about how fast they are, but how we rate the engines and gearboxes available in the range and whether they are all fit for purpose. Points are scored not only for outright excitement, but for smoothness, ease-of-use and the breadth of the line-up.

Handling is also important, and fully explored here - not just how fast a car will go around corners, but whether it delivers a blend of cornering performance, low-speed manoeuvrability, braking and towing capacity where relevant.