Make an executive statementExecutive cars make journeys a pleasure – or they should. A car is something to transport you from A to B, but a premium vehicle should make the journey downright enjoyable. Fuel efficiency and running costs are important too, but the whole point of a high-end car is to make those inevitable hours spent on the road comfortable and easy. So, read on to discover which cars deliver economy AND comfortability…
BMW 5 Series
Despite some stiff competition, the BMW 5 Series still remains one of the best executive cars to drive. It has excellent handling, with steering that is naturally weighted with good feedback from the wheel, and the car is loaded with top-drawer tech. A diesel engine is the best choice in the 5 Series – it’s punchy with great efficiency. Superb build quality and beautifully proportioned, this car is tough to beat.
The Jaguar FX really steps up to the plate though, in this hotly contested class of cars. It offers a powerful performance, whilst still being light on its feet, and has a smart interior with a top-notch infotainment system. It responds quickly to direction changes and makes for a very smooth ride – only the bumps on the most maintenance-neglected roads can be felt inside the car. Reasonable running costs and a sporty exterior makes this a real competitor to the BMW 5 Series.
The Ford Mondeo does very nicely as an upmarket family car, but its refined cruising lends itself very well as a company car.
The Audi A3 has distinctive, upmarket styling and badge appeal. Not as much badge appeal as the BMW, but then few cars have. It has sound build quality and the cabin is simple yet sophisticated - if that’s not too much of an oxymoron – with an intuitive layout of features and fittings. With a spacious, high-quality interior and a firm ride - what’s not to like?
The Ford Mondeo does very nicely as an upmarket family car, but its refined cruising lends itself very well as a company car. The diesel engines are efficient, economical and smooth and it’s well-isolated from the bluster of the wind, making it an ideal car for long motorway journeys. It has a spacious cabin too which helps to avoid any feelings of claustrophobia on those long but unavoidable business trips.
The Vauxhall Insignia is a large family car at home within the executive crowd too, and a direct rival for the Ford Mondeo. A refined and comfortable cruiser, the Insignia has been a firm favourite with families and company car drivers for many years after superseding the Vectra. It’s a practical choice with competitive pricing and efficient diesel engines available, with ecoFLEX making the most sense economically. A nice amount of grip and a comfortable ride make long journeys a cinch in this car.
If you want a safe, solid and economical drive, then you don’t need to look further than the Volkswagen Passat.
If you want a safe, solid and economical drive, then you don’t need to look further than the Volkswagen Passat. Chiefly an upmarket family car, it competes in the executive class due to its classy styling and well-equipped interior. It offers a comfortable and quiet ride with dynamic handling and a plush interior. Best of all it is competitively priced, making it an appealing option for those looking for a company car.
Mercedes-Benz C Class
Despite being synonymous with upmarket comfort and style, the Mercedes-Benz C Class does have some serious competition in the executive class, as we have seen. Its high-born cachet is well-founded, however, and it does have the requisite swish looks as well as a beautiful interior, an impressive suite of safety measures and efficient diesel engine options – making this Mercedes better value than ever before.