Best used executive cars for less than Β£10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

From top-of-the-range Citroens to bargain BMWs, Β£10,000 will buy pretty much any sort of executive car you desire

Words By Alex Robbins

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Top 10 used executive cars for Β£10000

Executive cars encompass some of the most desirable models currently on sale in the UK. They’re used by families to haul around kids and luggage with ease; by long-distance drivers to cover huge motorway mileages with ease; and of course, by sharp-suited executives to make a good impression at the next business meeting.

In other words, not only do they have to be practical, comfortable and dependable, but also look smart and have a great image. And the best executive cars must be enjoyable to drive, too; after all, if you’re going to spend hours behind the wheel, you want it to be a pleasurable experience.

Fortunately, all this doesn’t have to cost the earth. There’s a welter of great executive car options available for less than Β£10,000, all of which have great reasons to recommend them. Don’t believe us? Take a look through our top 10 and see for yourself.

Best used executive cars for less than Β£10,000

10. CitroΓ«n C5

The CitroΓ«n C5 isn’t your usual executive car choice, but it’s an extremely relaxing one, especially if you choose the top-of-the-range Exclusive model. Do this, and you get super-smooth hydropneumatic suspension that delivers fantastic ride quality, as well as an acoustic windscreen and laminated windows (optional on lower-spec models) that make it whisper-quiet inside. What’s more, the C5 is great value now – and significantly cheaper like-for-like than most of the other cars here, making it a tempting prospect.

We found: 2012 1.6 HDi VTR+, 30,000 miles, acoustic windscreen, Β£8,999

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9. Toyota Avensis

The Toyota Avensis is rather a bland choice as an executive car, and not much fun to drive at all, but it is a reliable and sensible one. Toyota's reputation for dependability is hard to beat, while the Avensis is efficient and comfortable. You get plenty of space inside for passengers and a well put-together dashboard. What's more, on the move it's very quiet, with wind, engine and road noise all kept in check. The only thing it won't do is excite you, but if that's low down your list of priorities, the Avensis is worth a look.

We found: 2013 D-4D Icon, 25,000 miles, Β£9998

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8. Audi A4

The Audi A4 is quite an expensive purchase, which is why it doesn’t rank higher in this list. But if you’re happy to pay the extra, you’ll end up with a smart, understated executive car choice endowed with a good choice of engines and stable, controlled handling. It doesn’t involve in the same way as some other rivals here, and the ride is on the firm side, but on the up-side, you get a great interior constructed from high-quality materials.

We found: 2010 1.8 TFSI SE, 38,500 miles, Β£8991

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