Lego barely needs any introduction. The Danish brand has built an empire of bricks that the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt would be envious of. The world of Lego is vast, but we are focusing on the car sets here, and that doesn't mean there are slim pickings.
There are a great many Lego car sets to choose from that range from the basic Creator 3in1 and Speed Champions sets, all the way up to the highly detailed Technic sets.
Our favourite Lego car kits
Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Race Car
This is one of the flagship Technic sets. At 3,696 pieces, this is not a quick or easy build, partly due to the fact you'll be reluctant to take it out of the wonderful packaging. This is certainly a set for enthusiasts and collectors who will appreciate the attention to detail. The 1:8 scale Lamborghini Sian's V12 is connected to a proper gearbox and has moving pistons. You can also open the doors, turn the wheels, and adjust the rear spoiler. Once you've completed the kit, there is a little display plate to sit with the car.
Technic Bugatti Chiron
We couldn't have a list of the best Lego kits without featuring this one. The Technic Chiron is a 1:8-scale, 3,599-piece kit with some pretty sweet features and includes all 16 cylinders. Each kit 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 - making a life-sized version of the Chiron that was driveable.
Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51
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. 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 Land Rover Defender
This is a must-have kit for any motoring fan or Land Rover Defender fanatic. It's not an easy build - our sister publication, CAR, did a review of this set and found it a surprising challenge. There are 2,573 pieces in total. The Defender comes with three differentials, high- and low-ratios, independent suspension for each wheel, accessories and plenty of moving parts.
Technic Porsche 911 RSR
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, a radar screen, a fire extinguisher system, and even a map of the Laguna Seca circuit 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 send its power through a visible and functioning differential. A fantastic kit for everyone.
Technic Fast & Furious Dodge Charger
CAR also 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 the said drag race.
Technic Jeep Wrangler
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 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 folds down. Tremendous colour choice too.
Lego Techinc Control sets:
Technic Control+ 4x4 X-treme Off-Road Truck
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. 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.
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.
Technic Control+ Off-Road Buggy
The buggy is a more basic design than the 4X4, but that means a construction designed for 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+ Rally Car
This is along similar design principles to the buggy. The kit is made up of 463 pieces in total, and the car is a similar length to the Rubicon Jeep. From the app, you can access exciting driving challenges to undertake.
Lego Creator Expert sets:
Creator Expert Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang has always largely been about looks. It, therefore, suits Lego guise very well. The colour scheme is correct as are the five-spoke wheels. It's made up of 1,471 pieces in order for you to 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
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 hardtop, 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.
Lego Speed Champions sets:
Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Lamborghini Huracu00e1n Super Trofeo EVO
This is a pair of fantastic, albeit different Lamborghinis. The Lamborghini Urus is the exciting but user-friendly Lamborghini, whereas 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 thanks to the start/finish line included.
Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
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 Ford GT Heritage Edition and Bronco R
This set gives you the best of American motoring: their most famous racer to date and a modern desert racer. The little figurines come with helmets and hair, which is nice, and the vehicles themselves have a surprising amount of detail. Plus, they look fantastic.
Speed Champions Toyota GR Supra
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.
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Lego Creator 3in1 sets:
Creator 3in1 Monster Burger Truck
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 haulier and off-roader. Two figurines (one heavily moustachioed) and a cyclops dog are included.
Creator 3in1 Sunset Track Racer
This racer can be constructed as a boat or as an open-top racer with an upturned grill like a classic Aston Martin.
Creator 3in1 Monster Truck
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.