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Real-world MPG: The most economical executive cars in 2016

The most efficient saloons in the executive class, combining luxury and economy in one package

Words ByDarren Moss

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3 - BMW 320D ED

Official MPG 68.9mpg True MPG 55.2mpg

The BMW 3 Series has long been the car to beat in the junior executive class. It's spacious, refined and can also be fun to drive, and despite advances from the likes of the Jaguar XE and Audi A4 it's still one of the most well-rounded cars on offer.

Read our full BMW 3 Series review here

2 - Volkswagen Passat 1.6 Bluemotion

Official MPG 76.3mpg True MPG 56.4mpg

If you're looking for a budget alternative to some of the more upmarket options in this list, then look no further than VW's Passat. It's every bit as classy and spacious as more premium models, and is also relaxing to drive and comes with all the equipment you need.

Read our full Volkswagen Passat review here

1 - Mercedes-Benz C300 Bluetec Hybrid

Official MPG 78.5mpg True MPG 57.8mpg

An executive car that can average just shy of 58mpg in our tests is worthy of praise - and this hybrid version of the C-Class is also one of the best examples of luxury and economy combined. If you're looking for an executive car that will also offer relatively low running costs, this is it.

Read our full Mercedes-Benz C-Class review here

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