4. BMW 7 Series
Conventionally pretty it ain’t, but behind the contentious visage of the BMW 7 Series lies an excellent luxury car. The iDrive menu system for the central display takes a while to get used to, but that’s really the only major gripe; this generation of 7 Series is smooth, comfortable, enjoyable to drive, incredibly spacious, and rather more reliable than its contemporaries. It’s even very decent value for money, and there are plenty of well-maintained examples around for this sort of cash.
We found: 2004 730d SE auto, 77,000 miles, full service history, £4995
3. Audi A6
Its fabulously high-quality interior has made the Audi A6 a firm favourite among luxury car buyers. True, its ride is rather firm, but that does make it feel planted and composed when cornering. It’s a shame the light steering isn’t very involving, but then again, that just makes it easy to manoeuvre around town. And with an enormous boot and vast rear seats, the A6 makes for a very practical luxury car choice.
We found: 2007 2.0 TDI SE Multitronic, 93,500 miles, full service history, £4777
While at the start of its life the Jaguar S-Type was something of a duffer, gradual improvements meant the late-specification models you can now buy for this sort of money are very competent cars. They handle well, ride beautifully, and even feel pretty plush – although some German rivals feel even better inside. True, the looks aren’t to everyone’s taste, but the S-Type looks like great value, and with plenty of low-mileage, well-maintained examples around, it’s a very tempting option.
We found: 2006 2.7D V6 SE auto, 78,000 miles, full service history, £4450
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