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Audi A4

Audi A4

The brilliant Audi A4 blends comfort, refinement and performance, and will appeal to those who want a relaxed and peaceful driving experience.

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Our top ten executive cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Audi A4

Β£26,950Β£24,518 Rated 5 out of 5
Audi A4

Skoda Superb

Β£19,785Β£18,302 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Superb

BMW 3 Series

Β£25,580Β£23,906 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 3 Series

Audi A5

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A5

Audi A3 Saloon

Β£24,710Β£22,728 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Volkswagen Passat

Β£23,170Β£19,123 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Passat

Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Giulia

Β£29,481Β£28,967 Rated 4 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulia

Ford Mondeo

Β£21,395Β£19,282 Rated 4 out of 5
Ford Mondeo

Jaguar XE

Β£28,240Β£25,165 Rated 4 out of 5
Jaguar XE

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Β£28,830Β£25,618 Rated 3 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz C Class

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NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Vauxhall INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT

Vauxhall Insignia

Β£tbcΒ£17,152 Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Insignia

BMW 4 Series

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
BMW 4 Series

Lexus IS

Β£29,940Β£27,731 Rated 3 out of 5
Lexus IS

Infiniti Q50

Β£29,265Β£27,463 Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q50

Mazda 6

Β£19,940Β£19,447 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 6

Maserati Ghibli

Β£49,805Β£49,860 Rated 2 out of 5
Maserati Ghibli

Mazda 3

Β£19,840Β£18,953 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

DS 5

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
DS 5

Volkswagen CC

Β£tbcΒ£23,562 Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen CC

Audi A8

Β£64,765Β£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Audi A8

Volvo S90

Β£32,900Β£31,095 Rated 4 out of 5
Volvo S90

Toyota Avensis

Β£18,781Β£17,356 Rated 2 out of 5
Toyota Avensis

Kia Optima

Β£21,440Β£20,088 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Optima

Lexus GS

Β£35,940Β£32,172 Rated 3 out of 5
Lexus GS

Audi A7

Β£47,830Β£58,481 Rated 3 out of 5
Audi A7

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Β£47,735Β£39,286 Rated 4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz CLS

Volvo S60

Β£22,020Β£21,275 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo S60

Peugeot 508

Β£24,285Β£20,027 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 508

Lexus LS

Β£99,950Β£95,562 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus LSLexus LS

Infiniti Q70

Β£33,695Β£31,275 Rated 1 out of 5
Infiniti Q70

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How we define executive cars

Executive cars are often the choice of company car drivers, so factors such as the CO2 emissions (that govern your monthly tax bill) are just as important as cruising refinement for those long motorway journeys, a plush cabin and (whisper it) the image of the badge on the bonnet.

The good news is that there are options for all budgets and tastes. If you don’t need lots of space in the rear seats, then something like the Audi A3 Saloon should suffice. Conversely, if rear space is crucial and you’re willing to put up with a less-than-premium badge, the Skoda Superb is tough to beat.

If your budget is a little higher, you can choose from superb-handling execs, such as the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, or those that are more comfortable, quieter and classier inside, namely the Audi A4. The latter is the best all-rounder in the class and a former What Car? Car of the Year.