Used cars of the week: used rivals to the Mercedes C-Class

* Used executive cars from £16,000 * Real-world examples * All part of What Car?'s Approved Used scheme...

Used cars of the week: used rivals to the Mercedes C-Class
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Matthew Burrow
12 Mar 2014 10:00

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes on sale in June. We've driven it ahead of its UK launch and first impressions are very good - its rivals in the executive car market should well be worried.

Rivals from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Volvo all offer stiff competition. Here's our pick of these used rivals that you can find in the What Car? Approved Used classifieds:

Audi A4

This Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE Multitronic is a stylish executive saloon that's refined, economical and well-equipped. It comes with sat-nav, climate control and rear parking sensors. It's a '12/12 car with 22,000 miles on the clock and it's on the market for £17,288.

BMW 3 Series

BMW's 320d is our pick of the range because it offers the best blend of performance and economy. The 2.0-litre diesel engine manages to drive the 3 Series to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and achieves an impressive 62.8mpg to keep down fuel costs. This '12/62 320d SE has a decent specification, including leather seats, and has done 27,500 miles. It's yours for £18,495.

Lexus IS

With CO2 emissions of just 99g/KM, the Lexus IS300h promises low running costs for company car drivers. It's the only petrol car on this list but still does a claimed 65.7mpg. This '13/63 car has Bluetooth, sat-nav and front and rear parking sensors. It's covered just 3000 miles and being sold for £25,995.

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is a comfortable and spacious alternative to its German rivals. Business Edition Nav trim features Bluetooth, climate control and sat-nav and the D2 1.6-litre diesel engine is our pick of the range. This 13-plate model has just 8500 miles on the clock and is the cheapest car on this list at £15,990.

Visit our Approved Used Cars finder to uncover hundreds of other choices from Trusted Dealers.