Best used executive cars 2021 (and the ones to avoid)

What's the best used executive car for you? Our handy guide to the 10 best on the UK market will help you decide...

Best used executive cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

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 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.

But which is the best used executive car to buy? Here’s a round-up of our top 10 to help you decide.

10. Vauxhall Insignia

7: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 1.6

No top 10 car list would be complete without a Vauxhall on it, and the Insignia gets its place on the strengths of its low-price, high level of equipment and sheer size. It really is one of the most accommodating cars on this list and the boot is vast. And because it's a hatchback, you won't struggle to fit bigger items into an Insignia compared with more traditional rivals that have a smaller boot opening.

To drive, the Insignia is better suited to motorway work, where the low levels of road and wind noise make it a relaxing experience, but it isn't the sort of car that revels in going for a B-road blast. The interior, meanwhile, is solid but a tad uninspiring. Still, you get a lot of car for the money, and that's why it deserves a place on our top 10 list.

We found: 2018 Vauxhall Insignia 1.6 Turbo D [136] SRi Nav, 17,510 miles, £13,298

Read the full used Vauxhall Insignia review

9. Audi A5 Sportback

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Styish, efficient and classy: the Audi A5 Sportback is ideal for those who hanker after all the looks of a coupé but need some of the additional practicality of an executive car. Like the Vauxhall Insignia, it has a hatchback tailgate that's more practical when it comes to loading taller items in the back. Rear occupants won't have quite as much room to stretch out in compared with the regular Audi A4, but that's the sacrifice you have to make for the sleeker look of the A5 Sportback. Watch out for a firm ride on S line models with big wheels and sports suspension. 

We found: 2016 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Ultra SE Technik, 31,527 miles, £14,882

Read the Audi A5 Sportback used review

8. Mazda 6

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Reliability and quality are the hallmarks of the Mazda 6; it feels beautifully built inside and has a great reputation for long service and dependability. But it isn’t a one-trick pony; it’s also great to drive, with sharp responses and punchy engines, and it’s remarkably fuel efficient. True, you have to put up with a firm ride in some versions, so it’s worth a test drive to check you can live with that. Otherwise, if you want a smart executive car that shouldn’t break down, the 6 ticks those boxes.

We found: 2017 Mazda 6 2.2d SE-L Nav, 19,254 miles, £13,562

Read the full used Mazda 6 review