Best used executive cars for less than £25,000

Fancy buying a smart and stylish executive car for just £25,000? Take a look at our top 10 round up of the best nearly new buys...

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Mark Pearson
08 March 2018

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7. VW Passat

Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is admittedly not as stylish as its Arteon sibling, but it is nonetheless an able and solid performer with a touch of class. It’s good to drive, for one thing, with a spot-on driving position; and, despite a ride that errs on the side of firmness, it’s a very comfortable car to travel in. The interior’s classy and it’s also massive, so there’s plenty of space for five. There’s a sizeable boot out the back, too. Cheaper new than the Arteon, but there’s not much in it at this age.

We found: 2018 VW Passat 1.5 TSI GT, 4000 miles, £24,995

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6. VW Arteon

Volkswagen Arteon

So take your Volkswagen Passat and add a splash of glamour, a smidgen of extra practicality and a smattering of extra toys and what you get is the Volkswagen Arteon. The Arteon replaced the Passat CC (latterly just the CC) – in other words, it was a smoother, sharper-suited version of Volkswagen’s slightly dowdy executive favourite. It broke with the CC in adding an extra door, though: one at the rear, turning it into a five-door hatchback, rather than a four-door saloon. Choose the 2.0 TDI version and you’ll get a strong engine, there’s a huge amount if interior space and in our featured Elegance trim it’s well equipped too.

We found: 2018 VW Arteon 2.0 TDI 190 Elegance, 6000 miles, £25,000

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5. Audi A3 Saloon

2016 Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI 150 review

If space isn’t quite such a high priority for you, the A3 saloon might make perfect sense. It takes all the good qualities of the popular A3 Sportback, a competent and extremely capable five-door hatchback, and adds a three-box, four-door and separate boot into the equation. The result is a handsome confection that handles brilliantly, with plenty of grip and precise steering. All models are capable and composed, and as a further bonus it rides well, with a firm but comfortable set-up. The interior’s lovely, too, and beautifully built.

We found: 2018 Audi A3 1.5 TFSI Black Edition, 7000 miles, £25,000

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