What alternatives should I consider to a used Lexus IS saloon?
It’s the old guard that really rivals the IS in the compact executive class.
The Audi A4 is impressively refined and has plenty of power in most models, a classy interior and reasonable economy. The car is exquisitely built, too, with a host of onboard tech to enjoy.
The BMW 3 Series has ruled over this class like a colossus for years and has come to define the class. It’s great to drive, with a range of strong engines and an excellent iDrive infotainment system. Some of the diesel engines can make the 3 Series a little gruff, but this is still the one to beat.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is not quite as sharp to drive as the other two, but offers a lovely interior and decent economy. It’s let down a bit by its gruff diesel engines and its ride, which can be rather unsettled at lower speeds.