Best executive cars

Executive cars are traditionally chosen by company car users – so factors such as the CO2 emissions that govern the tax bill are just as important as cruising refinement for those long motorway journeys, a plush cabin and (whisper it) the image of the badge on the bonnet.

The good news is that there are options for all budgets and tastes. If you don’t need lots of space in the rear seats, then compact executives such as the excellent Audi A3 Saloon should suffice.

Step up in size and you can choose from superb-handling execs, including the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, or those that have sumptuous cabins, such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. You can even go larger again for a surprisingly small hit in monthly tax, because the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series offer four-cylinder diesel editions that have impressively low CO2 emissions.


Our top ten executive cars