The Top 30 Noisiest Cars – A Cabin Noise Test by AUTO BILD


Porsche 911 GT3

In the summer of 2011, German automotive magazine AUTO BILD conducted a thorough noise study. Out of the vehicles tested, they concluded which were the top 30 quietest and noisiest vehicles respectively in terms of the noise level inside the cabin of the car.

Read the full list of the quietest cars here, and see below the 30 top noisiest cars.

Bear in mind that a decibel rating of the interior noise level does not give you the full picture of the sound experience. The dBA decibel rating does not convey information about the frequency spectrums of the sound, which is something that also directly impacts how you as an individual perceive the noise in a given car.

That’s why it is so important to, after having done some desk research to arrive at a shortlist of interesting cars, go for test drives in your local surroundings and listen with your own ears to decide whether you feel comfortable with the sound or not.

As a support to your ears, do bring a decibel meter/sound meter (get one at Amazon here) so that you can measure the noise level in different parts of the car – by the left side of the head of the driver, the passenger seat and the back seat.

Here goes the list of the Top 30 Noisiest Cars according to the AUTO BILD test. The drivers of these cars are exposed to quite disturbing noise levels. Although, I assume not many of the drivers of the noisiest car in the lot (Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0) are complaining, since part of the attraction for Porsche drivers is the roaring sound.

Noise level in decibels (dBA) at different speeds100 km/h130 km/h
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.07883
Tesla Roadster Sport 1.7i Hunter 7882
Lada Niva 1.7i Hunter7782
Lotus Evora S 2+07579
Audi R8 GT Spyder 5.2 R tronic7578
Renault Twingo 1.2 LEV 16V 75 Night & Day7578
Mazda MX-5 1.8 MZR Kaminari 7479
MW M3 GTS7376
Porsche Cayman S PDK7377
Seat Leon 2.0 T FSI Cupra R7275
Ford Ka Titanium7277
BMW Z4 sDrive35is Automatik 7275
Nissan GT-R Black Edition7178
Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI DPF ecoFlex Start/Stop7175
Audi TT RS Roadster7175
Mazda3 2.3 MZR DISI Turbo MPS 7174
Kia Picanto 1.2 Spirit7176
Hyundai i10 1.1 Classic7177
Dacia Sandero 1.6 MPI Stepway 7174
Kia Rio 1.2 Spirit7174
Ford Focus 1.6 16V Concept7174
Suzuki Swift 1.2 Comfort7175
Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC Sport7174
BMW M3 Coupé7074
Porsche Boxster PDK7074
Peugeot 308 CC HDi FAP 140 Premium7073
Seat Ibiza 2.0 TDI CR FR7072
Fiat Doblo 1.6 16V Multijet7075
Fiat 500C 1.3 Multijet 16V DPF Lounge7075
Mini Clubman One7074

Were you surprised by any of the cars in the list? Which car do you drive?

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