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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£27,260Β£24,354 Rated 5 out of 5
Audi A4

Skoda Superb

Β£20,050Β£18,510 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Superb

BMW 3 Series

Β£26,790Β£24,916 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 3 Series

Audi A5

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A5

Audi A3 Saloon

Β£25,270Β£23,194 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Volkswagen Passat

Β£21,610Β£21,610 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Passat

Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Giulia

Β£29,875Β£27,616 Rated 4 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulia

Ford Mondeo

Β£21,945Β£19,468 Rated 4 out of 5
Ford Mondeo

Jaguar XE

Β£28,295Β£25,887 Rated 4 out of 5
Jaguar XE

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Β£29,035Β£26,360 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£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Insignia

Kia Stinger

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Stinger

Peugeot 508

Β£24,990Β£21,353 Rated 2 out of 5
Peugeot 508

Volkswagen Arteon

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen Arteon

BMW 4 Series

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

Lexus IS

Β£30,060Β£27,851 Rated 3 out of 5

Infiniti Q50

Β£29,425Β£27,623 Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q50

Mazda 6

Β£19,940Β£19,204 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 6

Maserati Ghibli

Β£50,120Β£50,175 Rated 2 out of 5
Maserati Ghibli

Mazda 3

Β£20,040Β£19,101 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

DS 5

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
DS 5

Volkswagen CC

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen CC

Audi A8

Β£64,820Β£56,076 Rated 3 out of 5
Audi A8

Volvo S90

Β£33,810Β£31,548 Rated 4 out of 5
Volvo S90

Toyota Avensis

Β£18,850Β£17,516 Rated 2 out of 5
Toyota Avensis

Kia Optima

Β£21,580Β£20,228 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Optima

Lexus GS

Β£36,080Β£33,934 Rated 3 out of 5
Lexus GS

Audi A7

Β£47,990Β£41,909 Rated 3 out of 5
Audi A7

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Β£47,940Β£40,531 Rated 4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz CLS

Volvo S60

Β£22,490Β£21,730 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo S60

Lexus LS

Β£100,650Β£95,522 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus LSLexus LS

Infiniti Q70

Β£33,855Β£31,600 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.