Best used executive cars for less than £10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

From top-of-the-range Skodas to bargain BMWs, our top ten list demonstrates that £10,000 will get you any executive car you desire...

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Max Adams
12 December 2018

BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)
BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)

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 with some of the cars lower down this list.

We found: 2013 320d Efficient Dynamics, 64,667 miles, £9750

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And the executive saloons to avoid…

Kia Optima

Best used executive cars for less than £10,000 (and the ones 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.


Suzuki Kizashi

Best used executive cars for less than £10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

The Suzuki Kizashi was only available with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox – a bizarre specification that makes it expensive to run and not that great to drive.