Though the SUV may continue to dominate the market, there’s a sense of elegance from an executive saloon car that continues to appeal to many new car buyers today.
Fortunately, manufacturers continue to recognise the demand, resulting in a segment packed with impressive and appealing vehicles. We’ve picked out a handful of the best executive saloon cars on sale today...
It may have been on sale a fair few years in its current form, but the Jaguar XE continues to be one of the most appealing options on the executive market. With head-turning looks, a range of impressive diesel and petrol engines plus a comprehensive equipment list, there’s every reason to consider this British-built machine.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series has consistently set the benchmark for executive cars, and its latest version is no different. It boasts best-in-class driving dynamics, subtle-yet-assertive looks and one of the broadest ranges of engines of any new car on the market.
Mercedes E Class
The term ‘executive’ evokes a bit of class, and there are few cars that reinforce that feeling in the way the Mercedes E Class does. It boasts an elegant design, futuristic interior design that oozes luxury and one of the most comfortable driving experiences on the new car market — let alone just the segment.
The Swedes have always provided compelling alternatives to the usual luxury market leaders, and the newest iteration continues that. It’s one of the most stylish cars on the market, which is backed up further by wonderfully refined engines and an array of impressive safety technology.
Audi’s latest A6 is arguably its best yet. Its evolved design makes a statement on the road like none of its predecessors, and an abundance of cutting-edge technology puts it right at the forefront of the market. Supporting all of this is an impressively engaging driving experience.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
It takes a bit of bravery to dismiss the traditional German segment leaders and go for the Alfa Romeo Giulia, but it’s a move to be praised for those that make the leap. It’s arguably the best-looking new car on sale today, and offers a dramatic experience behind the wheel — no matter if it’s in diesel form or monstrous Quadrifoglio guise.
Ford Mondeo Hybrid
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is a great choice for those looking for an executive car without breaking the bank. It’s a high-quality machine packing lots of practicality and usability, and its efficient hybrid powertrain makes it a low-cost daily runner.
Mazda hasn’t been putting a foot wrong in recent years, and the 6 continues that trend. Benefitting from a recent refresh, its styling will make an impact to others on the road while an engaging driving experience will do the same for those behind the wheel.
The Skoda Superb is one of the smartest buys on the market. The affordable Czech saloon takes all the quality and class offered by the Volkswagen Group and puts it into a practical and smart-looking package.
Not the first Italian on this list — and the principles are very much the same as the Alfa before it. The Ghibili has been around a while now, but it remains a stunning-looking machine and can even be had with a Ferrari-built V6 engine.