The Best Remote Control Car

Posted on 20 July 2022

After 17 hours of research, comparing 34 remote-controlled cars and our tests of 8 of them, we believe the Playmobil Action Roadster offers the best value for money at the moment.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best mid-range

Playmobil Action Roadster

In addition to its stylish retro design, it conceals a high level of performance, adjustable in 5 levels according to the user's expertise. Connected via Bluetooth, you can drive it with your smartphone.

£ 39.99 on Amazon

This Playmobil remote-controlled car surprised us with its performance and quality of assembly. During our tests, we loved its responsiveness, which makes it enjoyable to drive, whatever the driver’s level, as its power is adjustable in 5 intensities. It can also be controlled by smartphone via Bluetooth, and it is possible to add motorised sound effects.

 

 

Best budget

PAW Patrol Marshall

Perfect as the first remote-controlled car, this model is equipped with a radio control suitable for small hands and is especially popular for its design based on the Pat'Patrouille colours.

£ 22.99 on Amazon

The official replica of the truck of Marcus, the Pat’Patrouille fire dog, is one of the favourites of the little ones for its ease of control. It is designed for children aged 3 years and up. The small remote control has only two buttons, one for moving forward and one for turning. It works with batteries (not included) and if you are an absolute fan of the brand, you should know that the police vehicle is also available.

 

Best high-end

Top Race Construction

With its metal claw and rotating cab, this excavator is very popular with construction machinery enthusiasts. In addition, the remote control offers many possibilities for use.

See the price on Amazon

With dimensions of 35.4 x 17.8 cm (1:18 scale), this construction vehicle is appreciated for its neat design and the various manoeuvring possibilities it offers. The three engines allow a wide range of movements from the cab to the excavator. The machine is rechargeable and comes with a 2.4 GHz remote control with a range of 30m. As it is a bit more complex to operate, it is recommended for children from 8 years and up.

 

Mid-range alternative

Carrera RC Mario Kart

This 1:20 scale quad bike of the famous Mario Bros is one of the favourites of young and old alike. It is easy to handle and comes with batteries. All in all, it is a great quality and entertaining option.

£ 48.77 on Amazon

Loved for the quality of its finish, it’s the kind of remote-controlled car that anyone would be proud to show off to their friends, whether they’re 6 or 30 years old! On testing, we found that this model can tackle any terrain, thanks to its soft rubber tyres. It’s not the fastest, though, with an advertised speed of 9 km/h. Easy to drive, it is also part of a wide range of cars in Mario Kart colours, so you can complete it with his famous companions, Yoshi or Peach, to reproduce your favourite races at home.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endMid-range alternative
Playmobil actionPat’Patrouille véhicule RC MarcusTop Race ExcavatriceCarrera RC Mario Kart
Playmobil Action RoadsterPAW Patrol MarshallTop Race ConstructionCarrera RC Mario Kart
In addition to its stylish retro design, it conceals a high level of performance, adjustable in 5 levels according to the user's expertise. Connected via Bluetooth, you can drive it with your smartphone.Perfect as the first remote-controlled car, this model is equipped with a radio control suitable for small hands and is especially popular for its design based on the Pat'Patrouille colours.With its metal claw and rotating cab, this excavator is very popular with construction machinery enthusiasts. In addition, the remote control offers many possibilities for use.This 1:20 scale quad bike of the famous Mario Bros is one of the favourites of young and old alike. It is easy to handle and comes with batteries. All in all, it is a great quality and entertaining option.
£ 39.99 on Amazon £ 22.99 on Amazon See the price on Amazon £ 48.77 on Amazon

 

Honorable mentions

Majorette Disney Cars 3 (£25.53 upon publication): another of the most popular among the “little ones”. This 1:24 scale reproduction of the famous Flash McQueen is equipped with multidirectional wheels. It is quite responsive and has a turbo function which is very useful during races. Despite the fact that the finish could be improved, it convinced us and is undoubtedly a very good model for entering the world of remote control cars.

Vatos brushless (£139.99 upon publication): a fast car for young and adults. This all-terrain, semi-impermeable (IPX4) Vatos model is equipped with a powerful brushless motor and four-wheel drive with rubber tyres and shock absorbers to tackle any terrain. The 7.4V battery is rechargeable and the remote control range is 60m. Reviews are unanimous about its speed and power, and connoisseurs will even be able to customise the car to improve its strength and design.

 

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How to choose a remote control car?

Toy cars, particularly remote control models, have always been a hit with children and adults alike. More or less sophisticated, powerful and expensive, they come in different forms, and it is sometimes difficult to choose the model that best suits your desires or those of your child.

The first point of consideration is the user’s profile: as remote-controlled cars appeal to a wide range of people, the models are usually adapted to their age.

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Remote-controlled cars are usually adapted to the age of the user. | Source: Selectos

For kids, cars are intuitive and easy to use, but speed and range are reduced to improve handling. For teenagers and adults, models are more focused on power and speed.

In any case, here is a list of criteria to help you choose the product that best suits your needs:

  • Size: usually expressed to scale. The higher the number, the smaller the car. It can range from 1:4 (largest) to 1:87 (smallest). It is a very subjective criterion that depends on the user’s preferences.
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Performance varies depending on the intended area of use: racing car, off-road or amphibious. | Source: Selectos
  • Performance: as we said earlier, cars aimed at small children are usually cheaper because of their lower power and speed. But performance also depends on the intended field of use. A racing car, an off-roader or an amphibian will not have the same characteristics.
  • The remote control: the easier and more intuitive it is, the better the car will perform. The classic remote control, which can be held with both hands and has two triggers to steer the car with the thumbs, is the most accessible. The pistol-type is a little more complicated to operate. Depending on your targets, also check the range it allows, to determine whether you should limit its range or not.
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The easier the remote control is to use, the better the car will handle. | Source: Selectos
  • Range: in general, whether battery-powered or not, a remote-controlled car has a maximum battery life of 10 to 30 minutes. If you can afford it, it is best to invest in a second set of batteries, which can be interchanged with the one to recharge.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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