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 used buys...

Used executives

Is there a tougher place in which to compete than the market for used executive cars? With standards incredibly high thanks to years of continuous development by manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, and increasingly stringent demands from buyers, any executive car has to be at the top of its game if it’s to be a worthwhile purchase.

Fortunately, buyers of used executive cars also benefit from this ceaseless drive for improvement. At just a few years old, all that fantastic new technology, not to mention the smart looks, comfort, sharp drive and everyday usability, start to become available for very reasonable prices.

So if you have £25,000 burning a hole in your pocket, which is the best used executive car to buy? Here’s a round up of our top 10.

10. Jaguar XE

2016 Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 AWD R Sport review

Style and real driving ability are the hallmarks of the Jaguar XE. Very few executive cars can cut such a dash, and when it comes to steering and handling few in this class can match it. It also feels well built inside and comes with a particularly smart interior. The diesels offer a perfect combination of punch and economy, but they can be gruff. Rear leg room is a little limited, too, but you'll have to accept that as the price you pay for beauty. Not the most reliable either, but there's a decent used warranty scheme available.  

We found: 2019 Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 R-Sport, 5275 miles, £22,900

Read the used review here

9. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia used 2016 - present

If you’re looking for a little Latin flair among the more sober-sided executive cars here the Giulia could be the one for you. Indeed it’s fair to say that a number of people have bought a used Alfa Romeo in the past simply because it looked really good and its value had dropped faster than a lift with the cable cut. Now, though, with the Giulia, you have a really compelling used alternative to the executive car norm that competes on performance, running costs and offers a great driving experience to boot.

We found: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 TD Super, 6742 miles, £21,995

Read the used review here

8. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

When it comes to a rock-solid premium image, there’s little to beat a Mercedes-Benz. After all, who doesn’t want to ride behind that famous three-pointed star? The only problem for the C-Class has always been the stiff competition it faces in the compact executive car class, namely the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. However, recent versions of the evergreen C-Class have offered both comfort and a relaxed driving experience, not to mention an air of dependability. That’s been enough to win it plenty of admirers on both the new and used car markets.

We found: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C220d Sport Premium, 9150 miles, £23,106

Read the used review here

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