Best gold cars

Panning for gold cars? Take a look at these great gold medal-grade options - from sensible hatchbacks to desirable SUVs and convertibles

James Wilson
Mar 25, 2022

Gold cars are almost as rare as the precious metal itself - and the best gold cars are even more scarce. That said, there are different shades of gold to choose from, ranging from visually striking hues that will easily attract attention, to more subtle colours that people will pass by without batting an eyelid.

Compared to white, black and blue cars, gold vehicles are sold in much smaller numbers and fewer car manufacturers offer it as a colour. Those that offer gold paint tend to be more upmarket brands, which typically sell fewer cars. This makes sense as less expensive cars need to be sold in huge numbers to make a healthy profit, so a manufacturer painting many of its cars in a colour that fewer people typically want would be a risky plan. In line with this, our favourite gold cars include models from BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The good news for those on tighter budgets is that there are still gold cars for you, and if you are willing to widen your search to yellow, beige or orange cars then there are even more options to choose from. Focusing back on the best gold cars, the five shortlisted cars can be scooped up for between £13,000 and £40,000 depending on age and specification.

All of the cars below come with metallic gold paint, which has little flecks of metal in the paint so it sparkles when light hits it. Metallic paint doesn’t require any special cleaning products to look after - just your classic combination of sponge, bucket and hosepipe. Or of course, you can take it to the local car wash if you'd rather someone else do the job for you.

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1. BMW X2

Best gold car for style

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A BMW X2 in Galvanic Gold is no shrinking violet - it is an already stylish crossover with the added flair of a bold gold paint job. There is also a striking orange available with the X2, called Sunset Orange, should that be of interest. The X2 is a more sporty take on a small SUV. As a result, what it loses out in practicality to models such as the BMW X1 and larger BMW X3, it makes up for with a driving experience that is more fun, especially when nipping around country roads.

The inside of the X2 is very modern, especially with touches like a digital instrument cluster for the driver. This replaces traditional dials for speed and fuel level with digital displays. If you would like the colour-based drama to continue inside, optional brown, tan and cream leather are available. Another small SUV option is the Mercedes GLA, which has an interior that features striking turbine-style air vents and a more minimalist dashboard. While the GLA isn’t available in a standard gold shade, it can be found in rose gold.

There are both petrol and diesel versions of the X2, and the best option is dependent on how many miles you travel each year. Typically, those who do 15,000 miles or more will be better off with the more economical diesel models, while those who do less will be better served with the cheaper-to-purchase petrol versions. You can also choose between manual and automatic gearboxes.

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2. Volkswagen Golf

Best gold car for everyday motoring

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Volkswagen isn’t fooling anyone, Turmeric Yellow is as gold as the day is long. Gold paint adds some visual drama to this sensible hatchback, which is great as its styling can come across as a little conservative in less bright colours. The car in the photo above is the previous-generation Golf, which was on sale until 2019. As a result, there are plenty of great second-hand models available at much lower prices than the new Golf. Volkswagen offers two types of Golf in gold; the regular hatchback and the more practical estate.

The Golf comes with a wide range of engines, with there seemingly being an option for everyone. Company car users who spend hours on the motorway will find that the diesel versions make sense due to their great fuel economy. Family drivers who spend most of their time around town will find a small petrol-engined Golf a great balance of performance and economy. Finally, keen drivers who want a performance car that is still practical will find the ‘R’ models an appealing option.

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3. Volvo XC60

Best gold car for safety

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Being all cool and Swedish, Volvo doesn’t use attention-grabbing gold paint. Instead, it uses more laidback colours like ‘Luminous Sand’. Such a hue suits the XC60 down to the ground as it is first and foremost an upmarket SUV. Unlike brands such as BMW, Volvo prioritises safety and comfort well above sportiness and glitzy bodywork.

Proof in the pudding is the XC60's official crash test score. It achieved a full five stars out of five when tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and scored higher than any other car on this list for ‘adult occupant protection’ and ‘safety assist’. The latter is a score for the safety tech a car comes with - such as autonomous braking that automatically engages in certain scenarios if the car senses that a collision is imminent.

All XC60 models come with five seats but all seats offer plenty of room. The boot is big enough to handle a couple of large suitcases and a few other small bags; in doing so it makes the boots in ordinary hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf look a touch small. If you have access to a charging point, plug-in hybrid ‘T8’ models are well worth considering, especially if you only cover around 20-30 miles per day.

This is because T8 models can run on battery power alone - provided you plug them in to charge up - for that kind of distance, which helps keep fuel bills low. If a plug-in model is a bit of a financial stretch for you, then more affordable petrol and diesel versions are available, with a number of these still being impressively economical for this type of car.

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4. Volkswagen T-Roc

Best gold car for older drivers

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If you are thinking ‘this gold looks an awful lot like the one used on the Golf’, they are the same colour - maybe VW had a few extra tins kicking around the factory… More likely, the German carmaker realised how good the T-Roc looked in Turmeric Yellow.

One of the T-Roc’s greatest features is how well it drives - made all the more impressive by the fact countless cars of this type are rather disappointing in this area. It all starts with the engines, which are peppy yet economical and just as at home being used in town as they are on the motorway. For most drivers, we’d recommend one of the 1.0-litre 'TSI' petrol engines, as they are a sweet spot between performance and running costs. Meanwhile, those after plenty of power and quick acceleration should consider a 2.0-litre petrol model.

Then there is the suspension, which has been designed to provide enough control to prevent the T-Roc from wallowing from side to side when cornering, while remaining comfortable over lumps and bumps. Compared to a Golf, the T-Roc is higher from the ground so it is easier to get in and out of for many drivers. Also, as the cabin is taller than the Golf's there is slightly more luggage space in the boot and more headroom. Small changes that can make a world of difference depending on your needs.

Drivers looking to stand out - if yellow's not enough - should consider the T-Roc Cabriolet model (pictured above), which arrived in 2020.

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5. Dacia Duster

Best gold car for value for money

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Dune Beige is one of those colours which depending on the lighting either looks gold, beige or somewhere in between. If you would like a softer gold car which is very affordable then it is a great option. Importantly ‘affordable’ does not translate to ‘rubbish’, as the Dacia impresses on many fronts.

One is practicality; the cabin is large enough for five adults to travel in comfort and the boot offers a decent 445 litres of space (roughly one medium-sized suitcase more than in the Volkswagen Golf). If boot space is particularly important to you, be aware that the figure drops to nearly the same as the Golf if you opt for a four-wheel-drive Duster with a spare wheel, with both of these features reducing loading space.

The photo above shows the second-generation Duster that was launched in 2018. The newer version is a much more modern car, with more efficient engines, a better media system and sharper styling. Meanwhile, the older version can be picked up for rock bottom prices so is still worth considering if your budget doesn’t stretch to a newer Duster.

We’d avoid entry-level Access trim on pre-2018 cars unless all you need a car to do is get from A to B, as they are very badly equipped. Access trim was dropped when the new model arrived - no doubt thanks in part to it being an unpopular choice, due to its low levels of standard equipment.

Shortly after the new Duster was launched, two 1.3-litre petrol engines became available. These engines are the gems of the range thanks to their mixture of zippy performance and reasonable fuel economy. A Duster will never be the cheapest car to run in terms of fuel but the car's economy levels are comparable to other affordable SUVs such as the MG ZS. On the other hand, if fuel economy is a priority for you, hatchbacks like the Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308 are better options.

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