Best German cars 2019

Luxurious, well made, and with valuable street cred: German cars are some of the most desirable cars on the market

BuyaCar team
Apr 30, 2019

Buying a German car holds a certain gravitas to a surprisingly high number of people.

Car enthusiasts know Germany’s heritage - Karl Benz (of Mercedes-Benz) is generally accepted to have invented the car with his Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1885. And enthusiasts are well versed in the sheer number of brilliant cars Germany has made in the last 134 years.

Older people know that German companies have been in the UK for generations too. VW opened up shop in the UK in 1953. And the Golf has been around since 1974. So if they buy German, they’re unlikely to wake up one day with the dealership gone and parts supply impossible to get hold of.

German cars are revered, maybe even more so, by the young. Grime artist Meridian Dan released a popular song called “German Whip” in 2014, which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 13 on 20 May 2014.

German cars also have perceived high level of quality. Modern Audi interiors, for example, feel and look exquisite.

The reality is that German cars are often out performed by Asian manufacturers like Lexus, Toyota, and Hyundai when it comes to customer satisfaction. In Auto Express’ 2019 Driver Power Survey, the top rated German car was the Audi Q5 - in at number 37.

The allure of a German car is hard to resist though. Here are the best around:

Best German cars

1. VW Golf

Latest VW Golf deals from £7,899
Finance from £126 per month

Sensible sells. And it's a big reason why Volkswagen's Golf is the most popular family car in Britain. Volkswagen’s family hatchback does everything well, which propels it to the top of this list.

Strong demand helps keep deperciation down, and values high. This makes PCP deals cheap. Styling is best described as “familiar”, but there’s a new one out next year, which will help ower prices.

Respondents to Auto Express’ 2019 Driver Power survey gave it good scores for fit and finish, but reported an above average proportion of electrical problems.
VW Golf buying guide

2. BMW 5 Series

Latest BMW 5 Series deals from £22,098
Finance from £251 per month

Agile, spacious, and brimming with cutting edge technology. The BMW 5 Series aims to be all things to all drivers - and does a compelling job of it.

The interior has the latest version of BMW’s iDrive software, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen for controlling media, navigation and connectivity functions - and the fit and finish is also exemplary.

It scores highly with customers on its engine range - there are six options, ranging from frugal diesels to a 4.4-litre turbo V8 petrol in the M5.
BMW 5 Series buying guide

3. Audi Q5

Latest Audi Q5 deals from £19,062
Finance from £322 per month

Audi’s mid-sized SUV (bigger than a Q3, smaller than a Q7) has solid build quality, and every version comes with four-wheel drive.

The rear seats are comfortable, there’s space to stretch out in, and the boot can cope with 550-litres of luggage.

Owners in Auto Express’ Driver Power Survey complained about high running costs and 20.3% of respondents have reported an issue with theirs.
Audi Q5 buying guide

4. Mercedes C-Class

Latest Mercedes C-Class deals from £13,401
Finance from £180 per month

The C-Class is the pick of the bunch of the compact executive class. Diesel is generally the engine choice for buyers, although there are petrols, plug-in hybrids, and high performance AMG versions on offer too.

There’s plenty to admire inside. It has one of the most stylish interiors of any car on sale, and all models come with a 10-inch colour display. There’s also the option of upgrading the dials from analogue instruments to a 12-inch digital display.

A mere 15% of respondents in Auto Express’ Driver Power Survey have complained that their C-Class has gone wrong.
Mercedes C-Class buying guide

5. Audi A3

Latest Audi A3 deals from £8,790
Finance from £140 per month

Audi’s A3 is a bit like a posh VW Golf. They may share mechanical parts, but the A3 has more of a luxury feel, with an even higher-quality interior than the none-too-shabby Golf.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth to connect your phone wirelessly to the car, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which replicate your phone's display on the A3's 7in dashboard screen.

Owners who took part in Auto Express’ Driver Power Survey marked the A3 well for fit and finish of the interior, but they weren’t enamoured by its servicing costs.
Audi A3 buying guide


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