Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

The new Jaguar XF means business, but is it the best large executive car, or would you be better off with an Audi A7 Sportback or BMW 5 Series?

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Jaguar XF with BMW 5 Series and Audi A7 Sportback

Our verdict

Considering that it's coming to the end of its life, this generation of BMW 5 Series still feels pretty fresh.

It continues to lead the way in terms of refinement – a hugely important area for executive car buyers – while its iDrive infotainment system remains the best in its latest form, thanks to upgrades made to it since the car was launched in 2010.

What really seals the deal for the 5 Series, though, is the fact that these strengths are combined with incredible value. Not only is it by far the cheapest to buy with cash, it also makes the most financial sense for company car drivers.

The Jaguar XF snatches second place from the Audi A7 Sportback and thoroughly deserves its four stars. It manages to be even more fun to drive than the 5 Series, and yet somehow it rides more comfortably than both of its rivals. Its superb driving position and generous standard kit list also earn it bonus points.

It's a shame, then, that the XF's refinement and interior quality are some way behind the other two, and that it's also comparatively expensive to run.

It's third place for the A7, but it certainly doesn't disgrace itself. It has the smartest interior of the trio, and the most practical boot, plus it's the most generously equipped. However, in this company it's the least comfortable and the least enjoyable to drive. It also comes with the least standard safety equipment.

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1st – BMW 5 Series

For Engaging to drive; impressive refinement; comparatively cheap

Against Least standard equipment; firm low-speed ride

Verdict It's been around a long time, but remains our favourite large executive saloon

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Jaguar XF

For Comfortable ride; sharp handling; good driving position

Against Gruff engine; narrow boot; interior quality

Verdict Fun to drive, but there are better all-rounders

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Audi A7 Sportback

For Plush interior; strong performance; practical boot

Against Least comfortable ride; vague steering

Verdict Looks the part, but could be better to drive

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI 272 quattro SE Executive

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price Β£51,205

Target Price Β£43,582

Power 268bhp @ 3500rpm

Torque 428lb ft @ 1250-3250rpm

0-60mph 5.7sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 54.3mpg (Gov't); 37.7mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 138g/km

Specifications: BMW 5 Series 530d M Sport auto

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price Β£44,275

Target Price Β£34,223

Power 255bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 413lb ft @ 1500-3000rpm

0-60mph 6.0sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 55.4mpg (Gov't); 38.2mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 144g/km

Specifications: Jaguar XF 3.0D V6 S

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price Β£49,850

Target Price Β£45,806

Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 516lb ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 6.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 51.4mpg (Gov't); 39.4mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 144g/km

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