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?...

Audi A5 Sportback executive
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18 Aug 2019 16:00

4. Audi A5 Sportback

The A5 Sportback is closely related to the A4 saloon, a former What Car? Car of the Year, so it should come as no surprise to find that it's very good indeed. In fact, with its class-leading interior quality and strong range of engines, the A5 Sportback makes a great executive choice. It's also pleasingly practical, and our favourite Sport specification gets you everything you'll want, including sat-nav and leather seats.

Our pick: 2.0-litre 40 TDI Sport

Skoda Superb executive class

The latest Skoda Superb is every bit a match for some of the premium-badged cars on this list. It's stylish, it's comfortable and it has a massive amount of space inside. The low CO2 emissions of the Superb's 2.0-litre diesel engine make it a great choice for company car drivers, and it combines good performance with sensible running costs.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE Executive

Read our full Skoda Superb review or find a great deal on a Superb

2. Audi A4

Audi A4 Saloon executive class

The A4 is hard to fault in almost every area, and that's why we named it our overall Car of the Year in 2016. As you'd expect, the interior is luxurious and beautifully laid out, with practical rear seats and a spacious boot. Go for our recommended 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine (badged 40 TDI) and you'll enjoy prodigious performance and reasonable fuel economy, too.

Our pick: 2.0 40 TDI Technik

Read our full Audi A4 review or find a great Audi A4 deal

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