When considering what the best car in the world is, it often comes down to personal preference and there is no single car that can claim the title. One person’s dream sports car may have only four wheels in common with another’s top pick of a robust off-roader. So, let’s take a ‘best of breed’ approach instead and look at the 10 best cars here on Gumtree.
Best cars for power and performance
The Ferrari F430 16M—or the Scuderia Spider—does whatever it takes to enhance speed and performance, even removing interior carpets to lose weight. It pays off, hitting 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 315 km/h from the 4.3-L V8. When launched in 2009, it was the fastest open-top Ferrari on the market, now overtaken by the Portofino.
It’s hard to believe you can propel 2,240 kg of luxury from a standing start to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds—unless you’re lucky enough to be in the cabin of a Bentley Continental. All this plus state-of-the-art-technology and infotainment cocooned in sumptuous leather and colour-matched timber. It’s whisper-quiet as well.
Performance seats clad in Onyx leather, an Enhanced Driver Interface and BOSE surround sound add elements of luxury to this muscle car. Add a 6.2-L V8 that rockets to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds and the overall effect means you’ll tolerate the amount of petrol it gulps to deliver this exhilarating driving experience.
A home-grown muscle car, the Falcon Sprint was Australia’s final Falcon, offering an XR6 Turbo 4.0-L Barra V6 or an XR8 5.0-L V8. Both engines power you from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and with paddle-shift, six-speed transmissions and masses of torque, both are a joy to drive.
Best cars for safety
According to the Monash University Accident Research Centre, big isn’t always better. The BMW 1-Series is a case in point. With a Safe Pick approval, plus an ANCAP 5-Star rating with 83% and 89% occupant protection for adults and children respectively, this baby of the BMW fleet still packs a 1.5 L turbo.
Volvo created three-point safety belts, side-impact protection and curtain airbags amongst other safety features. Today it’s the power behind the Volvo XC90, a behemoth of an SUV that’s state-of-the-art safety in motion. With the maximum possible ANCAP rating, it harnesses advanced technology and passenger protection in one luxurious package.
Best high-technology cars
The Tesla S is already a legend and it lives up to the hype. It combines dual electric motors so powerful, fast and responsive that in Ludicrous Mode you can almost silently rocket past 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. Or sit back and trust in technology in Full Self Driving Mode.
The evolution of the enormously successful Toyota RAV4 Edge, this compact SUV combines a 2.5-L engine with advanced electric power generation to deliver a seriously frugal 4.8 L/100km combined cycle. Add Toyota’s Safety Sense technology and the result is a great car to drive in all sorts of road and weather conditions.
Best luxury cars
With a 6.6-L twin turbo, the serene Rolls Royce Phantom glides you to 100km/h in just over 5.5 seconds. Even though the instrumentation looks from a bygone era, it masks extraordinarily advanced technology and the ultimate in automotive luxury. Plus, it’s also quie—you really can just hear the ticking of the clock.
The winner of Drive’s Best Large Luxury Car for 2020, the Audi A6 55 TFSI Quattro S Line melds 3.0-L turbo V6 power and agility with a cabin that’s virtually soundproof. While everything looks sleek and uncluttered, Audi’s attention to detail delivers superb build quality and sophisticated technology. The overall effect is simply stunning.
Simply the best. If only it was that simple. The best car in the world for you is the one that delivers what you’re looking for. It could be acceleration or innovation, power or prestige, fun or functionality, or all of the above. If it’s just right for you it’s the best there is, and you’ll find it on Gumtree.