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★★★★☆

WhatCar? is a good magazine for the average Car user....”

Written on: 09/02/2006 by saltrampen2 (22 reviews written)

Good Points
More biased towards cars that people actually drive rather than sports cars.
Good summaries of current new vehicles for sale.
Out of all the car magazines this one is a good choice for the average driver rather than the enthusiast.

Bad Points
Very few -
Like many magazines, they occasionally focus too much on how your car responds when flung into corners at high speeds. Although this seems to be becoming less prevalent in more recent issues.
The prices for second hand cars at the back of the magazine are not updated regularly enough or in every issue (major gripe!).

General Comments
WhatCar? is a good magazine for the average Car user. They review all types of car, not just the sporty ones. Their reviews give good accounts of each tested vehicle's size / performance / refinement and handling. However they do not say much about each model's reliability in the initial reviews. My overall impression is that they are slightly biased towards the car industry rather than the driver - they often run features (next to adverts for loans) praising th e virtues of older models which in previous reviews their reliability / satisfaction surveys had given very low scores to.

One of the best features of this magazine are the comments made on "lifer" cars - cars ran by the reviewers for 6 months or so with monthly updates. I think these ultinmately tell you more than the initial model review .