No prizes for guessing the Bentley Mulsanne doesn’t come cheap – but with a three-year-old example costing less than £100,000 now, it’s a tempting prospect if you’ve got the cash. Buy approved-used, and Bentley throws in a three-year warranty, too – and of course, you get the marque’s flagship model, complete with the venerable 6.75-litre V8 that’s powered some of the best Bentleys since time immemorial. Naturally, the Mulsanne is overflowing with wood and leather, and fabulous to drive, too.
Few luxury cars have as solid a reputation as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and with its beautifully built interior, comfortable ride and plentiful equipment, it’s every bit the modern luxury car. The less powerful diesel models are quite raucous, so it’s best to aim for a more potent model if you can, but if you do so you’ll have one of the most desirable luxury saloon cars going.
We found: 2013 E250 CDI SE, 37,000 miles, £17,950
5. Jaguar XF
Looking for something a little different to the norm? The Jaguar XF delivers, with swooping coupe-esque looks and an interior that makes you feel special. Mind you, it isn’t quite as high-quality as some rivals inside – but if you can live with that, the XF rewards with delightfully weighted steering and a sublime chassis set-up that combines comfort with involvement beautifully. The smooth 3.0-litre diesel is a better bet than the 2.2 which is a little gruff.
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