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The Jaguar XE has been refreshed recently and now sports a much plusher interior to challenge the ever-present threat of the BMW 3 Series. What still remains, though, is the brilliant driving dynamics of the old XE, which will win over anyone who enjoys driving.
What Car? deal: Save £2397 on a 2.0d R-Dynamic SE 4dr Auto – Target Price £35,258
You won't find a better handling luxury car than the Jaguar XF, and that fine handling balance is best exploited with some of the more powerful engines on offer. The interior can't match that of the BMW 5 Series, but the big savings available on this British barge go some way to make up for this slight shortcoming.
What Car? deal: Save £3764 on a 2.0d  R-Sport auto – Target Price £35,946
Our reigning city car champion won that title because it has a smart interior, a great infotainment system on higher trim levels, tidy handling and a capacious boot compared with its main competitors. Factor in its long warranty and excellent reliability record and you have a great overall package.
What Car? deal: Save £582 on a 1.25 2 – Target Price £11,318
The Lexus IS is hard to fault if you want a reliable executive car with a beautifully built and impeccably finished interior. What's more, the IS is one of the few hybrids offered in this class, making it ideal for those with more urban commutes.
What Car? deal: Save £2482 on a 300h CVT auto [Premium Pack/Sunroof] – Target Price £36,628
Big money can be saved on a new Mercedes C-Class, even though it's one of the more desirable executive cars in its class. Go for a four-cylinder diesel model and the fuel economy is incredibly good, which is ideal for any high-mileage drivers.
What Car? deal: Save £4481 on a C220d AMG Line Edition Premium 9G-Tronic – Target Price £36,359
Speaking of cars with characterful engines, the turbocharged, 503bhp (in the S version) 4.0-litre V8 in the C63 AMG is a gem that sounds purposeful whether you're popping down to the shops or giving it the beans when overtaking. But the great thing is that, despite having lots of power, it isn't intimidating to drive because it handles really well.
What Car? deal: Save £5099 on a C63 S Coupe 9G-Tronic – Target Price £73,059
The Mercedes E63 also has a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, but in 'S' form, has the wick turned up to 603bhp to make it noticeably faster. What's more, if you go for the estate version, you can bring the dog along too.
What Car? deal: Save £7429 on a E63 S 4Matic+ Premium Estate 9G-Tronic – Target Price £89,826
While the current Mini is a bit too big to truly have the nimbleness of the original, the Cooper S goes some way to make up for this with its perky 192bhp 2.0-litre engine. The current Mini is far more plush and technologically advanced inside, making it worthy of its premium billing.
What Car? deal: Save £1527 on a 2.0 Cooper S Exclusive II [Comfort Pack] – Target Price £22,748
There's a certain old-school charm to the Nissan 370Z that you'll struggle to find with more modern rivals. It won't set the fastest lap times, but when savings are this great, that doesn't really matter.
What Car? deal: Save £4849 on a 3.7 V6  Nismo – Target Price £35,646
Nissan's four-wheel drive, high-performance monster is getting on a bit now which is probably why you can find discounts on it. However, it's still a blisteringly fast cross-country beast that'll keep up with even more expensive performance offerings, even in its advancing years.
What Car? deal: Save £1223 on a 3.8 V6 570 Track Edition auto – Target Price £98,772
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