Best and worst executive cars 2019

The executive car class is one of the most hotly contested, with some of the most demanding customers. But which models are hitting all their targets and which are falling short?...

18 August 2019
Volkswagen Passat executive

7. Volkswagen Passat

Next to some of the cars on this list, the Passat looks like a bit of a bargain. It gives you a spacious and practical interior, an economical 2.0-litre diesel engine and a reasonably large boot, and all for a tempting price. It also has low CO2 emissions, and therefore tax, making it a popular choice with company car drivers.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

Alfa Romeo Giulia executive class

Alfa Romeo's latest attempt at an executive cruiser is a very strong effort. The Giulia is composed at cruising speeds and offers very engaging handling when you switch from motorways to countryside B-roads. Its interior quality is a little below par, but our recommended Super trim won't leave you short of equipment.

Our pick: 2.0d 200 Super

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulia review or find a great deal on a Giulia

5. Audi A3 Saloon

Audi A3 Saloon executive cars

Rather than being just a stretched version of the popular A3 Sportback family hatchback, the A3 Saloon has been engineered to be more comfortable and economical in order to appeal to the junior executive market. The result is a superb car that offers low running costs and is excellent to drive. The 2.0-litre diesel engine we recommend for business buyers offers solid performance, too.