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What brand makes the quietest cars?

Hi there. What common brands of cars are the quietest inside? In this country and with modern car engines, that means mainly mitigation of and insulation from road noise, I suppose.

Regards David

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by David Taylor (Ennis) - Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:54

Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser - @neilmbriscoe


Hi David,

Volkswagens tend to be very good for refinement, especially the new Golf, but if it's serious cabin silence you're looking for, check out a Lexus. True, they're pricey new but a secondhand IS or GS would be a bargain piece of interior cosiness.

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It's important to note, of course, that one person's noise is another person's quiet - we all hear slightly differently, and some frequencies that are piercing to some are inaudible to others.

So, with that in mind, it's important to try a few different cars to see if you find them quiet enough. Tyre choice can also make a huge difference, as different tread patterns and different rubber compounds can create different harmonics. Again, Volkswagens (Golfs especially) tend to be nice and quiet (at least to my ears) and it's also worth trying Volvos, Audis and Citroens.

Posted by Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser (Dublin) - Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:10:43

Hi and thanks for your reply.

Not so much 'serious' cabin silence as 'not noisy'. A friend just got a 2011 Hyundai i30; lovely car to drive and very comfortable (I was considering going for a similar one), but road noise is high. Lexus cars aren't that common so not easy to get hold of around Munster area - at least not in my price range. I'll bear it in mind though.

Regards David

Posted by David Taylor (Ennis) - Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:59:27

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