Is there a tougher place in which to compete than the market for used executive cars? Almost certainly not. With standards incredibly high thanks to years of continuous development by manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, and increasingly stringent demands from buyers of these saloons and large hatchbacks, any executive car has to be at the top of its game if it’s to a worthwhile purchase.
Fortunately, buyers of used executive cars also benefit from this ceaseless drive for improvemen. 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.
But which is the best used executive car to buy? Here’s a round-up of our top 10 to help you decide.
Best used executive cars
10. Volvo S60
Comfort and class – that’s what the Volvo S60 offers in a nutshell. Granted, it’s a little stodgy to drive compared with some of the other cars here, but if you’re not fussed about that, you get a beautifully styled and appointed interior with some of the best seats on the market, not to mention plenty of equipment. One thing to note, though: the back seats and boot don’t offer as much room as some other executives.
We found: 2013 D3 SE, 15,000 miles, £11,488
9. Skoda Superb
If space is your top priority, then the Skoda Superb makes a whole heap of sense. There’s oodles of room for both front and rear seat passengers, and while it might look like a saloon, it actually has a huge hatchback boot. What’s more, it feels classy and well-built inside, and it’s reassuringly stable at speed, which makes it an ideal choice if youundertake regular long trips. And don’t forget what great value it is.
8. Audi A4
The Audi A4 is the picture of understated class, with smooth lines and a fabulously built interior. It’s also spacious inside and endowed with an impressive chassis that makes it enjoyable to drive. The downside to that is the firm ride, and it’s worth remembering, too, that the A4 is quite pricey to buy. But if you’ve always fancied having those four rings on your grille, this is a very respectable way to get them.
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