Fun to drive first:
What is the « #FuntoDrive Board » ?
It’s a ranking where all the modern cars we have tested are rated according to the fun to drive experience and only to our fun to drive experience (from a petrolhead point of view of course).
Each car reviewed will be added to the board after the publication of the article. Scores are from 0 to 100.
Let the fun begin!
#1 – 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 96/100
With the F-Type SVR Jaguar created an incredible car probably one of its best! First of all stunning to look at and luckily it’s also brilliant to drive. The clear family link with the E-Type is a great thing for every classic Jaguar lover. Above all, the V8 of the feline is magnificent, and it sounds amazing. To sum up, this is the Jaguar we’ve been waiting for ages!
Discover RRC’s test drive on “The Jaguar F-Type SVR, an ode to driving pleasure!”
#2 – 2018 Ford Mustang GT by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 93/100
This car is a real surprise for us. It’s not a dragster car but an incredibly polyvalent car. Actually, it’s the essence of fun to drive. It’s powerful, makes a great sound, it has a manual gearbox and it’s affordable. What else can you ask for? Who would have thought one day read that from us? It is a miracle! Why not 100/100? Perfection is hard to reach.
Find our the full test drive on “Is the Mustang GT 2018 a supercar killer?”
#3 – 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 92/100
Nothing is perfect but this Alfa Romeo is close to perfection. Not because you can use and enjoy it every day but because it has all you can expect from a fun to drive little Italian sport car: a soul.
Our review is now available on “Why the Alfa Romeo 4C is probably the new Ferrari Dino that will never exist”
#4 – 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 91/100
I do think this car makes more sense that the Giulia. The AWD makes it very easy to use in every situation. Would I buy this car? Certainly. This is the SUV to buy if you love to drive. I hate to say that but it is a one car do it all. You can carry the stuff for all your family and enjoy the ride. You can drive it to work and during the weekends. It’s usable while lively on the road, the sound is amazing and it handles like a coupe. Is it expensive for what is it? Clearly if you’re looking for the comfiest and most luxurious SUV it’s not the one, however I think that this engine worth every single penny. You know what I love that’s it’s not a Porsche. It’s low profile and not ostentatious at all. It’s a true Alfa Romeo.
Find out Franck’s furious review on “Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the terrific SUV that handles like a coupe!”
#5 – 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 90/100
It’s definitely a fun car, however there is only two useful modes : Normal mode to avoid buying a gas station and Race mode to have a lot of fun. Any others modes are totally useless because quiet, gas guzzling, assisted, therefore frustrating. (Yes yes, perhaps All weather mode too if you have unbelievably bad weather condition). But considering the main modes, this car is uncompromising and we appreciate it. If you are a kinesiologist in charge to drop off kids at school in time, that’s the perfect car for you. You will be the fastest and coolest dad ever, and your kids will have the most muscular neck of the playground.
Discover the full test drive on “Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio : when a daily car goes wild”
#6 – 2018 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 89/100
Beautiful cars and especially sedans will always have something magical, no offense to SUV fans. A great engine, a light weight body, a low center of gravity and a luxury touch: that’s the recipe of an awesome berline. Maserati Ghibli S Q4 has a strong soul thanks to a bewitching V6 (even if not naturally-aspirated). The best place is behind the steering wheel. First, from this point of view you can’t see it’s ugly trunk. Second, you can drive and appreciate all the comfortable and dynamism of this family diva. Only damper, some finishing touches are not at the level but all is forgiven when we hear its divine exhaust sound. It was a big pleasure like a delizioso and comforting pasta dish.
What if you could discover the complet review on “Is the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 a real Maserati?“?
#7 – 2019 Maserati Levante S by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 86/100
If you need a big car (which I advise against, but you won’t listen to me because it’s fashionable), the Maserati Levante S is the ideal daily car. Ideal because it manages, thanks to an incredible magic trick, to make me love an SUV and a turbo engine. Based on the Ghibli’s platform, Maserati Levante is the raised berline which we have always dreamed of (you have always dreamed of). Well, I must admit I’m not insensitive to the baroque Italian charms of the Maseratis in general, but who can really resist the charming singing of the sirens, uh of the Maserati’s V6?
It’s now time for you to discover our “Maserati Levante S: today I’m trying to reconcile with SUVs”
#8 – 2019 Toyota Yaris GRMN by David Toledano
#FunToDrive Score: 85/100
So should you buy the Toyota Yaris GRMN? You can’t. All examples are sold, but still there are some on the second hand market going for around 25k€ best price. A part from that, yes you should buy it over a Golf GTI or another tubrocharged hot hatch. It is just so much more fun! The engine is crazy and sounds so good, the car also feels a lot more mechanical than the competition, and it is very rare, very low chance you see it in a car meet or something like that.
Let’s read the full review on “Toyota Yaris GRMN : too cool for school!”
#9 – 2018 Renault Clio R.S. 18 by Nico Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 85/100
Because it is a very versatile little rocket but it needs to be challenged to be really fun. You live in a big city? You want to blend in? You want to burn rubber without burning your savings? And take revenge on your driving-school? Answered yes to one of the above : it is the car you need.
Discover the full test drive on “Renault Clio strikes back : from dCi to RS 18”
#10 – 2019 Lexus LC 500h by Felix Godard
#FunToDrive Score: 82/100
At least we can conclude saying Lexus provided reached a reasonable set up. The engineers managed to find right compromises. For example with the technology which is present everywhere but absolutely not invasive. It is an help for the driver than a way to restrict him. Second example with the design of the car that offers some personality, which becomes rarer and rarer. The drawing is sensual, I even would say erotic, but the shape remain acceptable for a large public. It is a considerable step forward considering the fact that Lexus were far to be the prettiest cars two decades ago…
One thing is sure : I did not manage to be reasonable while driving the Lexus LC 500h…
Find out a surprising test drive on “Lexus LC 500h : the better investment you can realise?”
#10 – 2019 Peugeot 308 GTI by David Toledano
#FunToDrive Score: 82/100
2019 cars have this massive flaw of being able to do everything. Some do everything not that good, some do some things well and other things bad. As I said, Renault gives you an okay daily that you can take on track every week-end.
The Peugeot is quite the opposite in my mind. It is a better daily (although the suspension is firm), can do country roads greatly and do an okay job on the track (just assuming).
When I was 20, I should have preferred the Peugeot, because it’s more fun, more usable, and I never went to the track: let’s be realistic, the track is too expensive. The Peugeot is also 5,000€ less expensive at 39,000€. But I would have had the Megane because it was the faster car, the Nurbugring beast.
So which one would I take at 29? Tough choice. Can I have the Megane chassis, with the Peugeot gearbox (and weight) and the Toyota engine? Well, manufacturers, the one that will build this car will be definitely the king of the hot hacthback game.
Our review is available here: “Is it worth having a look at the Peugeot 308 GTI?”
#12 – 2019 Lexus LS 500 by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 80/100
I actually believe that the LS 500 is a perfect GT car. It will take you, and your family, on a flying carpet to the other side of Europe without you noticing. Whatever your use, this Lexus LS 500 is a fine example of Japanese craftsmanship and know-how in terms of design, harmony and hospitality. A bit like a rematch on the past, the latest Lexus LS puts a “hadouken” in the competition: it’s a very serious alternative to German and British limousines, from which it has nothing to be ashamed. It’s all a matter of experience, taste and life philosophy.
Find out the Lexus LS 500 review on “Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h, the sporty limousines to hybrid or not to hybrid?”.
#12 – 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy by David Toledano
#FunToDrive Score: 80/100
Well it depends. It always does of course, but in this case it depends on what you intend to do with the car. If you intend to do red light/highway runs, you could buy it because of the Watts it delivers. But, there are so many cars out there that can do the same for you with comfortable suspension, and a nice interior and infotainement, luxury orientated. On the other hand, if you intend to buy a trackday car that can be a correct daily as a second function, then the Trophy is absolutely perfect for you. To my knowledge, 44,000€ for a brand new car that will do track all day long and not break, you can not find anywhere else. To tell you the truth, even though it isn’t perfect, it’s the rare kind of car that feels like a toy and a serious tool at the same time. There are funnier toys out there, there are also more serious track tools out there, but there is rarely such a good compromise. The proof is, I will miss it.
Our review is available on “Renault Megane RS Trophy: let’s give it a serious test drive (for once)”.
#14 – 2017 Alpine A110 Première Édition by Nico Galiffi and David Toledano
#FunToDrive Score: 77/100
So, while it’s an excellent car, I don’t think it is fair to compare it to a 4C. Even though on paper, they are very close, the fact is the 4C is the radical car, and the Alpine is the easy car, it forgives. Well then, what is the Alpine all about? To me, it felt like a good alternative to a 911. What? Yes. Look at it, it’s usable in a city, it’s fast and easy to drive fast, it’s beautiful and it’s less than 60k€ new. So yes, I can compare it to a 911. Alpine invented the French 911. And between the two I would maybe take the Alpine because you don’t see a lot of those.
Nico and David’s full review is on “Alpine A110 : the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!”.
#15 – 2019 Lexus LS 500h by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 76/100
I think the LS 500h is the perfect city limousine. It, and your driver, will take you from appointment to appointment in a calm and voluptuous environment. Whatever your use, this Lexus LS 500 is a fine example of Japanese craftsmanship and know-how in terms of design, harmony and hospitality. A bit like a rematch on the past, the latest Lexus LS puts a “hadouken” in the competition: it’s a very serious alternative to German and British limousines, from which it has nothing to be ashamed. It’s all a matter of experience, taste and life philosophy.
Now it’s time to read Lexus LS 500h’s review on “Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h, the sporty limousines to hybrid or not to hybrid?”.
#16 – 2019 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Wagon by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 76/100
Do not misunderstand me, it is an amazing car with plenty of power and torque. It looks relatively cool and its definitely fast. Indeed, if I were to become a father in the next few year, I could consider buying this as a daily. It’s spacious, somewhere sporty while super comfy. But you would not have just this car. I mean I would not. It’s not exhilarating enough. Maybe that the C63 AMG Wagon would be a better choice in my opinion. In fact, when I’ll become a father, I think it will be a great excuse to buy this kind of car. It’s almost too reasonable for an AMG.
Now find out Franck’s review on “Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate : fun on a daily basis!?”.
#17 – 2019 Volkswagen Golf R by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 75/100
If you’re doing a lot of road and want something cool and fast the Golf R is a great car. If you want a weekend car which can be occasionally driven to go to work I think the Golf R is not your car. It’s a true daily driver. Easy, comfortable, safe and fuel efficient. Do not forget, if you have one choice to make… go for the manual!
Discover Franck’s the full article on “Hot hatch fever onboard the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R”.
#18 – 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk by Felix Godard
#FunToDrive score: 74/100
You always can find better, it’s only a matter of how much you have in the pocket. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is definitely a good car for its price. Even when comes the time to speak about the inside. Of course, here again, the quality is maybe not as high as European competition, but still not bad. I would have removed some grey plastic pieces (for example on the steering wheel) which reminds you it is a Jeep. Yes, it’s a Jeep, but a 707 HP Jeep with a Thanos face. Thanos the Mad Titan, Marvel’s super villain, you got it? Actually, that’s right, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the super villain’s SUV.
The thing that I appreciated the most ? You will not see it so often on French roads. Jeep allocates only 30 models to France per year. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a good way to enjoy onboard an uncommon machine. However, if you need a more exclusive tool (and have a certain complexe with HPs) : Hennessy announced that they’ re building a +1200 HP version.
Check out the full review on “Let’s open the 707 HP Jeep Trackhawk cage!”
#18 – 2019 Volvo S60 by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive score: 74/100
With it’s 320 HP the engine is alive at any rpm which make the car dynamic and lovely to drive. The negative point is definitely the sound of the engine, thanks to turbo and exhaust. Volvos engineers clearly didn’t work on it. The overall experience with the car is very good like with every other Volvo of the new generation. The little something comes from the fact that it’s a sedan and not an SUV which makes it different and way more cool to drive.
Find out the full test drive on “The classical dichotomy: Volvo S60 vs V60… Sedan or shooting break (not SUV)?!”
#20 – 2019 BMW Z4 M40i by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive Score: 73/100
The BMW Z4 M40i is a surprisingly versatile car. Thanks to a joyful (almost bewitching) engine, a well-designed chassis and a good overall balance. It’s modern, fast, efficient and comfortable. It can be smooth, it can be nervous : this car will probably meet the needs and demands of many. However, by dint of wanting to satisfy everyone, hasn’t he lost a little bit of his soul? Will it have conquered both the spirited young and the older epicureans as the Z3 did in its time? In short, is it a new impetuous roadster like the Z8 or a new elegant convertible GT like the 507 Roadster? A cruiser or a little rocket? You tell me.
What if you can read the full review on “New BMW Z4 (G29): between future and tradition” ?
#21 – 2018 Peugeot 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport by Nico Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 72/100
Yes the 208 GTI is a good car but not really a fun car. It’s not enough expressive for the driver but also for the passengers. Please make a new car more beautiful, extrem, noisy and communicative. Let’s free the lion and make a wow car again!
Discover our test drive of the 208 GTI and its big sister the Peugeot 205 GTI on “GTI is dead, long live the GTI: Peugeot 205 and 208 GTI!”
#21 – 2018 Volvo XC40 T5 by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 72/100
This small SUV surprised us on the road with a good comportment. It’s also good looking and affordable, so what more can we ask for? A funnier car with a more expressive engine perhaps thanks to the Polestar touch would be awesome. Thanks for asking.
Find out Road Rug Cars’ test drive on “Is the Volvo XC40 the ultimate urban SUV?”
#23 – 2018 Jaguar E-Pace P300 by Nico Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 70/100
Yes 70 ! Impressive score for a SUV ! Because this real Jaguar with 4 pretty big seats gave us SUV taste even if we are not 35 years old dynamic young leader, with a smiling family and a cute little puppy.
Let’s read RRC’s the full review on “From after school to the jungle with the Jaguar E-Pace”
#23 – 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 by Franck Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 70/100
Why? Because of the hybrid power delivery which makes the car responsive at any rpm thanks to the electric assistance. What else? The pneumatic suspensions are transforming the car and this is a must to have.
Discover the full test drive on “Volvo is back: is the XC60 T8 the best hybrid on the market?”
#25 – 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 69/100
Luxury and sedan is always a good match. In this SUV time it feels good to see a big sedan. A good engine, and a lot of confort is the recipe of the E400. Nothing wrong about it, it’s a good (family) car. It could have a bit more of character and this would makes it one of the best car. Thanks the lords, because AMG exists and they make an E63. Even better? Choose the E63 AMG coupe.
It’s now time for you to discover our entire article “First class driving: Mercedes-Benz E400 2018”
#26 – 2019 Lexus UX 250h by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 68/100
New Lexus UX 250h is not a fun car, on the other hand it is a smooth and nice car. Under the heading of raw and sharp sculpture, hides a cocoon of softness and refinement. When we are inside, we want to stay here for ever (both on the driver side and the passenger side). We immediately notice a real concern for details. That’s a great UX: User Experience.
F Sport version and its special shock absorbers and stabilizer bars are indispensable for us. Thanks to that, crossing the city every day aboard a Lexus UX will be soothing, driving hundreds of kilometers on highway will be relaxing, and to enjoy winding roads. Uh not enjoy, just bearable because best chassis and suspensionswill never erase a tasteless and noisy hybrid motorization (despite the effort of soundproofing).
To sum up, forget old retired doctors and big golf bags, say hello to young head of advertising and Fjallraven backpacks: here is the real revolution.
This car is perfect for young people (not too young either because of the price) urban parents who want to drive like in their bed, in a stylish bed/car, while consuming less gas. However, they haven’t got the time to go on holidays for too long or have very small children (in cm). Indeed, we aren’t specialists in the capacity of trunks (we don’t care at all) but it looks very small.
Our review is available on “Here it comes the Lexus UX revolution!”
#27 – 2018 Dodge Challenger GT by Franck Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 67/100
The orange suits it so well and the 70’s look of the car is awesome. Also its polyvalence is pretty impressive. Why not 75 or 80? Mainly, it lacks power and it cannot do donuts because of the 4 wheel drive.
Find the test drive on “Dodge Challenger GT game changing muscle car?”
#28 – 2019 Mustang Ecoboost Convertible by Franck Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 65/100
Would I buy one of these? I don’t think so. Anyway, I’m not really the target of Ford for this particular car… However I can see that some middle age reasonable men/women can enjoy living with this car and that’s great. It’s affordable, good looking and not scary fast while having decent performances. This is truly the sport car for everybody, thanks to Ford you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy a nice road in a beautiful car on a sunday afternoon. In 2019, what you get for the money with these Mustangs is really impressive. BUT…
As far as I’m concerned, I’m a young and an adventurous guy in my twenties so, for almost the same amount of money I’ll go without any hesitation for the base Mustang GT. Yes, absolutely no option expect the active valve exhaust and the magnetic suspensions, just a steering wheel and a manual stick.
Keep in mind that the Mustang GT I just described is just about 5,000$ more expensive that a well equipped Mustang EcoBoost. I don’t need fancy seats or navigation and satellite wtf radio. However I want it to be as fun as possible to drive by that I mean a true muscle car.
Check out our test drive on “Is the Mustang EcoBoost and Convertible a true muscle car?”
#29 – 2019 Peugeot e-208 by Nico Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 62/100
The Peugeot e-208 is a good electric car, probably one of the best I have ever driven (only two), but it’s above all a good car. It’s beautiful, well thought and efficient. What more could you ask for? You can ask for small rims, you will gain in comfort (tested and approved during the test), but it’s true, they are less pretty. You can also wait for Peugeot to release a sporty version of the e-208, because I’m sure they will. Their current slogan is “Unboring the future”, so they’ll do it undoubtedly.
Peugeot 208 GT-e, that sounds good, doesn’t it? Let’s face it, we will no longer have an GTI as we have known them, it’s sad but that is the way it is. We have to know how to move on. We had already lost the GTI logo, remember the 206 S16. Was it really bad? No, what would be more serious is to lose the GTI philosophy. Anyway, should we really complain if Peugeot produces the most beautiful, funnest and fastest hot hatches in the near future? Probably not. The rest in a few months, we are counting on you Peugeot Team…
Find out our test drive of the last e-208 and know if it could be a good new GTI with the article “All-new Peugeot 208 and e-208 : a good basis for a new GTI hot hatch?”
#29 – 2019 Toyota RAV4 4WD by Nico Galiffi
#FuntoDrive cars score: 62/100
New Toyota RAV4 4WD is a surprising car. At home in town and in the woods, you can easily drive kids at school and go to the mountain for fishing all the day. It’s a playful and balanced car with an amazing turning angle and a terrific adventurer look. I would even go so far as to say the Toyota RAV4 all-wheel drive is fun to drive, but only off-road. Well, the only problem for the RAV4 is highway and country section to go out into the wilderness. In this case, you see all its faults as weight, blurry front axle and noisy hybrid engine, a bit like an oldschool RAV4 XA10 at the time.
The full test drive of the 2019 RAV4 on “SUV and Hybrid: the Toyota RAV4 is all you hate… and yet!”
#31 – 2019 Mini Cooper S R56 by David Toledano
#FunToDrive Score: 60/100
Should you buy it? Depends on who you are. If you are that normal driver, that wants a cool looking car, well equipped, able to win a red light to red light race, the Mini Cooper S is absolutely excellent. I mean it. If you are like me, and you think that many cylinders, four wheels, three pedals, two seats and one steering wheel and nothing more is what you need, you’ll be a little disappointed. I also mean it. The 2019 5-door Mini Cooper S is great daily car with a sporty character not fully assumed.
Through a lot of compromise, we probably lost a little bit of Mini’s DNA we used to love mainly because of weight (the worst enemy of fun). However, digging a little deeper, I found a terrific chassis that’s simply incredible on small winding roads (even if longer than usual).
The review of the R56 Mini Cooper S is on “2500 km on a Mini Cooper S following Tour Auto”
#31 – 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 60/100
Because it’s a good SUV but it misses a little craziness. As we mention in our review buying this car is a reasonable choice more than a heart choice. However it’s still beautiful, confortable… to sum up it’s a Volvo!
The full test drive of the Volvo XC90 is on “Volvo XC90 T6 the full size SUV that challenges the Audi Q7!”
#33 – 2019 Fiat 500X Firefly 1.3L by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive score: 53/100
Anyway, it’s a good little stylish city ride. As for the next iPhone, don’t expect a revolution. It will never be the fastest, most luxurious but it will always be the coolest crossover. Finally, the 1.3L Turbo seems to be enough (for typical urban young parents and probably not for crazy guys like us).
Fiat 500X 1.3L’s article is on “Fiat 500X psychedelic trip : is a stronger FireFly enough?”
#34 – 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport by Franck Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 50/100
In this SUVs time even the trucks start to change and become more premium. A good V8, and more and more confort is the recipe of the RAM1500. It could have a more of character to make it a real beast. It surprises us with its outstanding capabilities but it’s not really fun to drive as it’s big and heavy.
The new Dodge Ram 1500’s review is available on “The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500, truck or SUV?”
#35 – 2019 Fiat 500X Firefly 1.0L by Nico Galiffi
#FunToDrive cars score: 46/100
Not really, it’s a daily small family car but it has good potential! It looks like a wild mini SUV so give it the what he and we want. Please make a fun version of the cool Fiat 500X.
The full test drive of the new Fiat 500X on “The dark side of the new Fiat 500X”
Stay tuned, the next review will be very soon here … and keep #FuntoDrive !