1. BMW 3 Series
There’s a reason the BMW 3 Series is one of the most common sights on Britain’s roads: it also happens to be one of the best all-rounders money can buy, new or used. It’s economical, spacious, fun to drive and comfortable; the interior is classy, it’s well-equipped and has an aspirational, upmarket image. It’s decent value used, too, especially compared to some of the cars lower down this list. Only a firm ride on run-flat tyres and some concerns about reliability mar its otherwise excellent copybook.
And the executive saloons to avoid…
The first-generation Kia Optima was noisy, uncomfortable and unpleasant to drive. It’s cheap and comes with a long warranty, but that simply isn’t enough to redeem it.
The Suzuki Kizashi was only available with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox – a bizarre specification which makes it expensive to run and not that great to drive.
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