Audi A4 executive saloon: what else are buyers considering?

The Audi A4 is a former What Car? Car of the Year and a fantastic executive saloon, but which other models do buyers consider, and do they deserve a place on your shortlist?...

10: Audi A5 2.0 TDI

Audi A5 Sportback

Interested while researching 5% | Interested at buying stage 9%

If you're looking at the Audi A4 but fancy something a bit more stylish, the A5 Sportback is your next logical step. The A5 is based on the A4 but takes the form of a sleek five-door coupé rather than a standard saloon. Buyers are clearly drawn to those svelte looks, too, since interest increases by 4% over time.

Jaguar XE 2019 front head-on shot

Jaguar XE

Interested while researching 7% | Interested at buying stage 5%

There was a time when a Jaguar XE wouldn't be considered alongside an A4, but thanks to a recent facelift, it's more of a contender in the executive saloon market than ever before. And while interest in the XE ultimately decreases over time, there's still plenty to recommend about Jaguar's smallest saloon, primarily its agile handling and generous equipment list.

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What Car? says:

Executive car buyers really are looking for the complete package, and while the Audi A4 remains one of the best of the breed, it has now been usurped by the BMW 3 Series. And while you might look both up and down Audi's range, and indeed to cheaper Volkswagen-badged alternatives in your search for an executive saloon, it's the 3 Series we would recommend.

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