Top 10 Best Looking Cars On The Market
Like us humans, not all cars are created equal in the looks department – and that’s okay. For some motorists, though, driving a car that’s easy on the eyes is a top priority. If that’s you, keep reading – we’ve rounded up the top 10 best looking cars on the market in 2020.
Many less-than-attractive cars make up for lacklustre looks with excellent economy or a bargain price tag, but for some drivers, how a car looks is the deal-breaker.
Pretty, aerodynamic lines do it for some; others prefer a chunkier, imposing design with beast-like appeal.
Narrowing down the options is no mean feat, granted – there are simply so many good-looking vehicles to sift through, from funky little runners to luxury sports cars.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say, but there are some cars that turn admiring heads wherever they go.
We’ve handled all that hassle so you don’t have to.
Our guide to the top 10 best-looking cars to buy on the market today includes:
- Lexus LC
- Range Rover Velar
- Porsche 911
- BMW Z4 Roadster
- Alfa Romeo Giulia
- Audi RS5 Sportback
- Mazda MX-5
- Jaguar F-Type Coupe
- Porsche 718 Boxster
- Mercedes CLS Coupe
1. Lexus LC
Lexus’ LC is nothing if not striking. Boldly styled, Lexus’ distinctive model has head-turning looks and the power to match, courtesy of a full-fat 5.0L V8 engine.
A two-door, high-performance coupe, the LC offers an agile and responsive ride that’s also a lot of fun. The drive is exhilarating as you navigate twists and turns, putting all the car’s weight into each manoeuvre, and yet the driver retains control for a truly enjoyable experience behind the wheel.
There’s a hybrid version of the LC available – the LCh, although reviewers suggest that while the car glides along effortlessly on the motorway, it’s significantly less satisfying to drive day-to-day than its beefier brother.
Both the LC and LCh come kitted out with heated and ventilated front seats, a reversing camera, glass roof with manual sunshade, adaptive variable suspension, 20-inch alloys, satnav, cruise control and more.
A sport pack and sport+ pack are available and there’s also a limited edition model, the Terrane Khaki, priced from a whopping £90,385.
Price: Starts from £78,150
- Strikingly unique styling
- A fun, powerful ride
- The hybrid version isn’t as satisfying to drive
- Cramped in the rear
2. Range Rover Velar
It wouldn’t be right not to include at least one SUV in our picks of the best looking cars, so we’ve plumped for the Land Rover Velar – a sleek, imposing yet incredibly stylish SUV offering a confident yet composed ride.
Effortless to drive around town with its precise handling, the Velar’s non-adaptive steel suspension ensures a soft, supple ride. The only real niggle is the noticeable engine noise across the range of powertrain options.
Inside, the model is appealing and attractive, with a high driving position and plenty of available adjustments, other than lumbar support on the base model.
At entry level, the Velar comes with 18-inch wheels, heated door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dynamic stability control, eight-way heated front seats, cruise control, a rear camera, a gorgeous infotainment system and frankly, a lot more.
A good range of engines are on offer, comprising four diesels and two petrol alternatives. The 3.0L V6 with 296 BHP comes highly recommended by What Car?, providing plenty of pull and speedy performance that’s ideal for everyday driving.
The base Velar offering is joined by the somewhat sportier ‘R-Dynamic’ and the top-level ‘SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition’.
Price: Starts from £45,260
- Glamorous yet powerful design
- Lots of spec as standard
- No adjustable lumbar support at entry level
- Engines can be a bit noisy
3. Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 first went on sale in the 1960s and since then has achieved legendary status. Regularly receiving rave reviews, the latest generation 911 has timeless looks, has been known as one of the best looking cars since its birth and is quicker than ever.
Offering impressive handling, powerful brakes and easy parking thanks to the great visibility and rear camera, the 911 is an excellent all-rounder on the city streets, as well as being a quiet motorway drive.
Available in eight bodystyles, including a couple of cabriolets, the entry-level 911 Carerra model comes with a six-cylinder 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine producing 380 BHP.
Standard features include a digital radio, eight loudspeakers, multifunction steering wheel with reach adjustment, cruise control, front assist and more.
A 911 is the ideal marriage of brains and beauty, combining a responsive, natural ride and top-quality, practical interior with glamorous yet sporty lines. It’s little wonder the model has been such a stellar seller for more than five decades.
Price: Starts from £82,793
- Timeless beauty
- A truly enjoyable drive
- Interior not as plush as rivals’
- Hefty pricetag
4. BMW Z4 Roadster
BMW’s Z4 Roadster is a modern sports car with a traditional heart. It’s not so much a model for effortless cruising but a car with raw muscle that begs to be driven. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes, making it one of the best looking cars on our list.
Having gone through some serious changes over the years, the latest incarnation of the Z4 sees the model return to its original, sporty form.
Gone is the folding hard-top roof: the Z4 has returned to its canvas top and packs a punch with its beefy engine range.
The powertrains on offer with the Z4 Roadster start with a couple of 2.0L options, which are ideal for day-to-day driving but fail to match the sporty, free-revving nature of many competitors, according to What Car?
However, the 3.0L M40i offers much more exhilarating performance that leaves rivals in the dust.
Both the exterior and interior of the Z4 are flawless and the driving position is comfortable and intuitive. Inside, the BMW beats competitors with maximum luxe appeal with great fit and finish – it also offers impressive boot capacity for its size.
There are three trim levels to choose from: the ‘Sport’ with 18-inch alloys, electrically folding exterior mirrors and BMW Connected Package Professional, the ‘M Sport’, which adds sport brakes, an aerodynamics pack and aluminium interior trim, and the ‘M Performance’ with 19-inch alloys and lumbar support.
Price: Starts from £37,115
- Timeless appeal
- A real driver’s car
- Smaller engines aren’t all that sporty
- Handling could be better
5. Alfa Romeo Giulia
The sporty Giulia saloon from Alfa Romeo is the epitome of ‘meaningful beauty’, according to its creators. Although ‘cloaked in style’ the Giulia is a strong saloon contender, with plenty of substance behind its impressive looks.
According to Top Gear, the Giulia’s driving position is excellent and the steering quick and accurate. The playful edge gives it a one-up on competitors and the Alfa moves with confidence and refinement.
There are five trim levels to choose from with the Giulia: ‘Super’, ‘Nero Edizione’, ‘Speciale’, ‘Veloce’ and ‘Veloce TI’, but not all trim levels are available with all engines.
Features on the base model include cruise control, rear parking sensors, Alfa Connect navigation system and Apply CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.
As the Giulia ascends the trim levels it gets sportier each time, with the top-level option adding some extra-special 19-inch alloys, heated leather sports seats and additional exterior badging.
Inside, the Giulia impresses with its soft-touch surfaces and helpful tech, including a solid rotary dial that makes using the infotainment system both safer and easier when driving.
Price: Starts from £33,595
- Appealing sporty looks
- A joy to drive
- Visibility could be better
- Interior isn’t as plush as some would like
6. Audi RS5 Sportback
If you’re a fan of super-stylish coupes, you can’t get much bolder than the Audi RS5 Sportback. Understated aggressive styling at the front and rear combine with a sleek roofline to give the model edgy appeal.
The five-door, high-performance version of the A5 comes with a 2.9L V6 engine with all-wheel drive, distinctive RS styling and sports exhaust, and Audi’s virtual cockpit technology, as well as 20-inch alloys and massaging seats.
Inside, the cabin is roomy – as is the boot. It’s well built and stylish too, although the infotainment system would benefit from a touchscreen – perhaps it’ll be unveiled when the new incarnation launches in 2020?
Offering a controlled ride, the RS5 Sportback is super-precise and speedy, achieving 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Grip around corners is excellent thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive, the brakes are strong and the model rides with composure over uneven surfaces and road bumps.
The steering could be a touch more responsive and the fun factor isn’t as strong as some rivals offer but there’s no doubting the Audi RS5 Sportback certainly raises eyebrows in the looks department.
Price: Starts from £68,985
- Edgy appeal
- Roomy cabin and boot
- Steering could be more responsive
- Not as fun to drive as some competitors
7. Mazda MX-5
Mazda’s MX-5 has remained a drop top icon for the last few decades: after all, how can you improve on perfection?
The world’s best-selling roadster is also probably the most recognisable on the road thanks to its traditional sports car appeal. With its low stance, rear-wheel drive and exhilarating ride quality, the MX-5 scores highly across the board for style with substance.
Available in three trim levels, the MX-5 comes kitted out with 16-inch alloys, heated seats, climate controlled air conditioning, a DAB radio, cruise control and a navigation system on the base ‘SE-L NAV+’ trim.
There are two engines on offer: a 1.5L petrol and a 2.0L alternative, with the smaller engine offering the most authentic drive quality.
The higher spec ‘SPORT NAV’ adds features like rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipes and a premium sound system, while the top-level ‘GT SPORT NAV+’ upgrades to bigger wheels, heated leather seats, a reversing camera and more.
Inside, the MX-5 is decidedly compact, and yet the boot isn’t as small as you might imagine. There’s certainly room for a weekend bag or two; a family wagon this is not. The Mazda MX-5 is fun to drive and though dinky, it’s dynamic, exciting and authentic.
Price: Starts from £23,095
- Tons of fun to drive
- Excellent value for money
- Compact cabin
- Not as quick as some competitors
8. Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Giving an arresting appearance with its swooping roofline, the newly facelifted Jaguar F-Type coupe is a sight to behold – and an ultimate performer, too.
Appealingly curvaceous, the F-Type is also pretty nippy even at the lowest level, achieving 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph – all the while feeling capable and confident.
Jaguar’s F-Type has a surprisingly ample boot and a decent driving position and a newly lifted interior ups the quality putting it on par with the competition.
The F-Type coupe is available as five models, with the entry-level offering coming complete with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, six-way electric seats, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking aids, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A comprehensive range of eight engines are available at entry level, starting with a 2.0L 300PS petrol option and finishing with a 5.0L V8 petrol that’ll set you back an eye-watering £113,500. The question is: what price beauty?
Price: Starts from £52,310
- Arresting looks
- A fantastic performer
- Some competitors are quicker
- The interior finish could be better
9. Porsche 718 Boxster
Porsche’s Boxster has been something of an icon since its launch in the mid-1990s and prevails as one of the most popular sports cars today.
Described by What Car? as not only the cheapest convertible in Porsche’s line-up but one of the best, too, the 718 Boxster combines those all-important good looks with excellent drive quality, a well-built interior and plenty of space.
The two-seater is available as the entry-level 718 Boxster and an upgraded ‘Boxster S’.
As standard, the 718 has an easy-to-operate folding roof and comes with 18-inch wheels, adjustable sports seats, driver and passenger airbags, an immobiliser, electric windows and more.
Upgrade to the ‘S’ level trim (around £10,000 more) to add features like bigger wheels as well as a touch more power and speed.
There are a couple of engines on offer: a 300PS model with a top speed of 170 mph and a 345 BHP alternative with the ‘S’, with a top speed of 177 mph. Unless you’re a real speed demon, the smaller engine should be sufficient for most drivers, still delivering a powerful, fun ride with plenty of pull.
Price: Starts from £46, 651
- Excellent value for money
- A fun, powerful ride
- Only two seats
- Extra spec soon adds up
10. Mercedes CLS Coupe
Mercedes is synonymous with luxury and the CLS coupe is no exception. It’s big, it’s bold and it’s beautiful.
Similarly styled to its big (rather more expensive) brother the S Class coupe, the CLS coupe doesn’t compromise on glamour, remaining elegant and streamlined.
Inside, the popular luxury saloon/coupe is equally appealing with quality leather features and configurable mood lighting.
As well as plenty of handy cubby holes, the CLS offers decent legroom throughout, although tall adult passengers might be aware of the sloping roofline in the rear.
Ride quality is soft and comfortable with weighty, stable handling, which makes for a relaxed drive – especially over long distances.
Available in two trim levels – the ‘AMG Line’ and the ‘AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+’ – the CLS coupe comes kitted out with plenty of spec at entry level, including 19-inch alloys, heated seats, steering wheel-mounted controls and Mercedes’ Intelligent Light System with ultra-range high beam.
The engines on offer are plenty powerful, as you’d expect from such a well-groomed vehicle, with petrol and diesel options available.
Price: Starts from £48,890
- Sleek yet sporty design
- Luxurious, intuitive interior
- Headroom is a bit cramped in the rear
- The ride could be a bit smoother
Let’s make your choice even easier…
We’ve narrowed down the best looking cars to buy on the market so you don’t have to, but it’s understandable if you’re still unsure which model is right for you.
With so many cars to choose from these days, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed – which is where our additional guides come in.
Arresting looks aside, consider what other factors make your perfect car.
Perhaps it’s those ultimate luxury touches or sporty features, or maybe a soft-top is really what you’re looking for.
If you spend a lot of time on the motorway, you’ll want to know more about the best long distance cruisers, or explore your SUV options if the 4×4 style is what floats your boat.
Luckily, we’ve got a guide for that – and plenty more. Check out the guides below for more information about the type of cars you’re into: