The best LEGO car sets to build

Get building both iconic vehicles and original Lego motoring creations with our guide to the best Lego car sets.

Lego Land Rover Defender

by Chris Williams |

If you’re looking for something to entertain either the kids or yourself during some downtime, Lego continues to launch some great car-based kits for all ages.

Most of the CAR team loves Lego, so much so that we all down tools to drool over a new kit when it launches. So we’ve pieced together an up to date list of the best car Lego kits you can buy right now.

The truth is, there are a great many sets we adore and we've passed on our recommendations to you. We are sure you'll enjoy them as much as we do.

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Techinc sets:

Technic Land Rover Defender

Technic Land Rover Defender
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This is a must-have kit for any motoring fan. The hype for Land Rover's new Defender shows no sign of slowing down even after we drove it. But if you can't afford to stump up for the real thing, Lego's version is the next best thing. But be warned, it's a challenge, as we found out.

It's a tricky build, with 2,573 pieces in total. The Defender has the most advanced gearbox of any Lego model so far, according to the brick brand, and comes with three differentials, high- and low-ratios, independent suspension for each wheel, accessories and plenty of moving parts. The build process caught us out a couple of times when we built it ourselves, but the end product is one of the most detailed, feature-filled and visually similar kits Lego has made to date.

Technic Bugatti Chiron

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We couldn't have a list of the best Lego kits without featuring this one. The Technic Chiron is a 3,599-piece kit with some pretty sweet features. Each one has a unique serial number, the W16 engine is put together in minute detail and there's even a 'top speed key' that changes the angle of the rear wing.

More importantly, Lego and Bugatti went one step better, even making a life-sized version of the Chiron that was driveable.

Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Race Car

Technic Lamborghini Siu00e1n
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In terms of excitement, Lamborghini has a reasonably high benchmark relative to other car makers. But the Sian took things rather next level, with motoring journos dribbling and babbling about supercapacitors until the cows came home. Lego has put a lot of excellent features into the much more affordable but no less exciting Technic Sian.

At 3,696 pieces it beats the Technic Chiron in the pieces department. There are moving pistons in the V12 engine, which is connected to the 8-speed gearbox. The scissor doors open, as do the bonnet and boot; there are proper disc brakes, suspension, and adjustable spoiler.

Technic Porsche 911 RSR

Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR
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At 1,580 pieces, the Porsche appears to be considerably less exciting than the kits above. But don't be fooled. Porsche knows how to deliver and this model is no exception. On the outside, there are black spoked rims, a proper rear diffuser, and aero bodywork at the front. Open the doors, and inside you'll find functioning steering, radar screen, fire extinguisher system, and even a map of Laguna Seca on the inside of the driver's door.

There is a proper boxer engine in the back too. The 4.0-litre flat six has moving pistons that sends its power through a visible and functioning differential. A fantastic kit for everyone.

Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51

Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51
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Launched in January 2021, this is a take on the Ferrari 488 GTE that kicked off its success in 2016 by winning the World Endurance Car championship. If you are looking at this, considering it as a gift for a Ferrari fan, check out our full article on the topic.

In true Technic tradition, the 488 GTE has an exterior design that accurately mimics that on the actual racer. Underneath, there is proper suspension and moving pistons inside the stunning Maranello V8. There is also the detailed interior that features a steering wheel that turns the front wheels and proper dashboard.

Technic Jeep Wrangler

Technic Jeep Wrangler
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The Rubion Wrangler offers a fun, affordable and alternative design to the supercars and pricey Land Rover. At 665 pieces, it's still a considerable build and when built, is l 24cm long and 12cm tall.

Make use of it as a machine too, beyond the shelf. It has amazing axle articulation, proper winch, and functioning steering you control from the rear deck. The doors and bonnet open and the back seat even fold down. Tremendous colour choice too.

Technic Fast & Furious Dodge Charger

Fast & Furious Dodge Charger
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Well this is an inevitable member of this list. CAR tackled this 1077-piece kit and enjoyed it because it wasn't as much of a fiddly challenge as the Land Rover Defender. It's true to scale as well - 1:13, and you get a load of neat features.

The more bespoke details come via a massive, working V8 engine complete with massive air ram and timing chain, nitrous tanks in the boot and a fire extinguisher in the cockpit. The piece de resistance, though, is a lockable wheelie bar – reminiscent of Toretto’s car tilting back during the drag race with O’Conner in the original film… just without the crash damage at the end of said drag race.

Technic McLaren Senna GTR

Technic McLaren Senna GTR
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Whereas the Sian and Chiron sets are about the size of a small badger, the McLaren Senna set is more like the size of a weasel. But unlike a weasel, this features a fully detailed V8 engine.

In typical McLaren fashion, the doors are dihedral and the colour scheme is fantastic. It looks tremendous parked on the shelf.

Remote control sets:

Technic Control Top Gear Rally Car

Technic Control Rally Car
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This takes Technic a step further by introducing some wireless movement into the mix. The kit itself is great but the app-controlled motor makes it superb.

The kit is made up of 463 pieces in total, and the car is a similar length to the Rubicon Jeep. Having built it, download the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app on a smartphone and from there, you can take the car for a spin. It's powered by a Smart Hub with electric motors, which pull their energy from six AA batteries. The app isn't just a controller, it's also a place where you can access challenges too.

Technic Control Off-Road Buggy

Technic Control Off-Road Buggy
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If the rally car doesn't take your fancy, the retro-styled buggy surely will. This is along similar design principles to the rally car but with one or two alterations for a bit more excitement.

It's a more basic design, but the trade off is that you get a more hardy construction meant for performing tricks and stunts. There is suspension front and rear to give you excellent control, in addition to the extra grip from the knobbly tyres. The Hub runs off six AA batteries.

Technic Control 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

Technic Control 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader
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Understandably, you may wish the Rubicon Jeep set were able to actually move on its own. In addressing this, there is the remote controlled off-roader. This is our pick of the remote control kits.

You can use this for proper miniature off-roading. The wheel articulation is massive and the big tyres grip well. On the app, there are a number of very neat features such as the instruments that show you what angles of lean you're achieving at any given point.

Creator Expert sets:

Creator Expert Ford Mustang

Creator Expert Ford Mustang
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It's no secret the Mustang has never been a high performance car. It is very much like the Hollywood stars it so often appears alongside - all looks. Thus, it makes a superb Lego model because it handles about as well as a real one.

This is based on the infamous GT390 fastback. The colour scheme is correct as are the five-spoke wheels. It's made up of 1,471 pieces in order for you create a very detailed replica of the real deal. However, with the supercharger, rear spoiler, front chin spoiler, and a couple of other add-ons, you can turn this into a bit of a hot rod if you wish.

Creator Expert Porsche 911

Creator Expert Porsche 911

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Even those who claim not to be fans of the 911, they will likely admit, albeit grudgingly, that it is a great sports car. This detailed set of a classic and correct 911 is great fun to make and thoroughly enjoyable to look at afterwards.

It has 1,458 pieces that accumulate into a very detailed model. You can modify it as a targa or hard top, depending on your frivolity; adjust the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, and gearshift; plus open the rear and you’ll find an air-cooled engine.

Speed Champions sets:

Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Lamborghini Huracu00e1n Super Trofeo EVO

Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Lamborghini Huracu00e1n Super Trofeo EVO
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The Lamborghini Urus is one of the few SUVs of late that even car fans like, even if not publicly. It still has the Lamborghini-ness that is so alluring. And, well, the Huracan Super Trofeo is an astonishing track weapon, as our own James Dennison found out. In miniature form, you can create your own races and race tracks thank to the start/finish line included.

Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
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The Lamborghini set is a celebration of the greatest of the past, whereas the electric Jaguars are a celebration of the present and where motoring is heading. The I-Pace was the first EV that actually drives like a sports car and the Formula E car is an icon in those circles. It's a great miniature set to have.

Speed Champions Koenigsegg Jesko

Speed Champions Koenigsegg Jesko
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Thus far, there's little to be said about the outrageous 300mph Koenigsegg Jesko that hasn't been said already apart from the fact that a cheeky little man with a big removable hair improves it no end. It's worth noting too, that the chosen colour scheme on this set is superb.

Speed Champions Chevrolet Corvette C8.R & 1968 Corvette

Speed Champions Chevrolet Corvette C8.R & 1968 Corvette
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To the European finesse thus far, here is some thundering American power. Both complete with fine detail and wonderful colours.

Speed Champions Toyota GR Supra

Speed Champions Toyota GR Supra
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A new addition to the Speed Champions lineup and will be a hit with many fans of the new Toyota Supra. Plus, this version does something the real car can't: become a convertible.

Creator 3in1 sets:

Creator 3in1 Monster Burger Truck

Creator 3in1 Monster Burger Truck
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Editor Adam Binnie put this set together one weekend and was so impressed by one the little figurines' moustache that he announced he was going to grow something similar. We will keep you posted on this as it develops.

This creator set is certainly original and offers great versatility. In addition to the burger truck for basketball players, the set assembles as a tractor hauler and off-roader. Two figurines (one heavily moustachioed) and a cyclops dog are included.

Creator 3in1 Sports Car

Creator 3in1 Sports Car
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Everyone would love a car that can turn into a plane. In the world of Lego, that is a wonderful reality. In addition, this set also turns into a street hot rod. No figurines included unfortunately.

Creator 3in1 Monster Truck

Creator 3in1 Monster Truck

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Last but not least, the ever-popular monster truck has taken form in a 3in1 set where it also turns into a dragster and desert racing truck.

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