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Best and worst executive cars 2017

The stakes are high in the executive car class; it's one of the most hotly contested in Britain, with some of the most demanding customers. But which models are hitting all their targets, and which are falling short?

Words ByClaire Evans

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7. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo's first attempt at an executive cruiser is a very credible effort. The Giulia is great to drive quickly, and if you switch from motorways to countryside B-roads, it offers very engaging handling. Its interior quality is below par, but at least with our recommended Super trim you won't be short of toys.

Our pick: 2.2d 180 Super

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6. Volkswagen Passat

Next to some of the cars on this list, the Passat looks like a bit of a bargain. It gives you a spacious and practical interior, an economical 2.0-litre diesel engine and a reasonably large boot, and all for a tempting price. It also has low CO2 emissions, and therefore tax, making it a popular choice with company car drivers.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

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5. Audi A3 Saloon

Rather than being just a stretched version of the popular A3 hatchback, the A3 Saloon has been engineered to be more comfortable and economical in order to appeal to the junior executive market. The result is a superb car that offers low running costs and is excellent to drive, and the 2.0-litre diesel engine we recommend for business buyers offers decent performance.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 Sport

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