Executive car

AllianzThis award is all about business car users, so the holy grail is to achieve the lowest possible tax and fuel bills without compromising the sense of luxury and abundant performance.

A swanky, easy-to-use interior and infotainment system are vital, as is lots of space and the necessary kerbside kudos.

Of course, none of this would matter if the car didn't drive with the appropriate blend of poise and precision through bends, while being unflappable in town and on the motorway.

 

Audi A3 saloon
Key facts
0-60mph 8.7sec
Top speed 137mph
Fuel economy 68.9mpg
CO2 emission 107g/km

Audi A3 Saloon

Best buy less than £24,000

With a refined, gutsy 2.0-litre diesel engine under its bonnet, the four-door A3 offers unbeatable value, thanks to its tax-busting emissions and list price.

List price £24,275
Target price £22,271
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BMW 3-series
Key facts
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 140mph
Fuel economy 68.9mpg
CO2 emission 109g/km

BMW 3 Series

Best buy £24,000-£28,000

Buy a 320d and you're getting the best-handling compact executive saloon out there.

List price £29,960
Target price £27,749
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BMW 5-seriesKey facts
0-60mph 7.1sec
Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 62.8mpg
CO2 emission 119g/km

BMW 5 Series

Best buy More than £28,000

As a whole the 520d is hard to fault - although you will need to add the £985 variable damper control to get a supple, relaxing ride and responsive handling.

List price £33,080
Target price £29,661
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