Best used executive cars for less than £10,000 (and the ones to avoid)
From top-of-the-range Skodas to bargain BMWs, £10,000 will buy pretty much any sort of executive car you desire...
7. Skoda Superb
If space is your primary concern in your executive car, look no further – you need a Skoda Superb. It’s vast inside, with huge amounts of room for all five passengers and a vast boot. It’s well equipped and feels built to last, too, with a nicely finished interior. It’s also stable and quiet on the motorway, and while the ride is a little firm, the payoff is that it’s surprisingly nimble in corners – even if numb steering means it isn’t all that involving to drive.
We found: 2015 2.0 TDI SE, 70,000 miles, full service history, £9990
6. Ford Mondeo
It might have a humdrum image, but driving a Ford Mondeo is anything but. It’s a great car to drive, with involving, responsive handling, communicative steering and plenty of grip. But it’s also remarkably comfortable, and endowed with a spacious interior and a vast boot with a practical hatchback opening. Granted, you’ll have to live with a cheap-feeling dashboard – but that’s a small price to pay for the plethora of talents the Mondeo offers.
The A3 Saloon shares its underpinnings with the familiar A3 Sportback, and that's very good news. It means this handsome compact executive car handles superbly, is great to drive and a pleasure to travel in. As a further bonus, it rides well, too, with a firm but comfortable set-up, although we would advise against cars with the Sport suspension option, which can be a trifle too firm. It’s also an impressively refined car, which is one of the reasons this is one of the most desirable cars in its class. It's a little short of rear seat leg room, but otherwise it's a peach, and it just sneaks in at under our £10k ceiling now.
We found: 2014 2.0 TDI 150 Sport, 67,000 miles, £9995