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Best used executive cars 2022

Best used executive cars 2022

Executive cars are about so much more than just getting to work and back: delivering the best performance, fuel economy, excellent ride comfort and style in one package, while in some cases they.

Their range of talent is wider than almost any other type of vehicle, which is why it is so important to know the strengths and weaknesses of a used executive car before spending your money on a car.

We’ve put together the following list of our favorite executive and executive compact cars that you can now get your hands on on the pre-owned market.

There is an amazing variety of vehicles here to suit all types of needs. And if one catches your eye, head over to our sister site Buy a car for the latest and best occasions?

The best used executive cars

  1. Volvo S90
  2. Audi A4
  3. BMW 5 Series
  4. Tesla Model 3
  5. Lexus GS
  6. Suzuki Kizashi
  7. Jaguar XE
  8. BMW 3 Series

1. Volvo S90 (Mk2) – Used Executive Car of the Year

  • Our pick: D4 Momentum (2019/68, 51k miles, £19,490)

The used car market has had a turbulent 12 months, but the status of this sleek Swedish sedan as a premium second-hand sale remains. With a compelling combination of style, comfort and value, the S90 wins its third Used Car Award trophy.

So what makes this such a great used purchase? Well, there’s the low price for starters. Struggles with new car offerings have risen across the board, but a perfect-condition D4 Momentum with a
full stamped history and less than 35,000 miles will give you change of £19,000. That’s thousands less than you’d pay for a German rival with premium badges.

Despite the lower price, the Volvo will not let you down. This is especially true indoors, where the cool Scandinavian style and premium finish of the car create a sense of calm in the club class. Those in the back also get a limousine-like space, while the driver and passenger benefit from some of the most comfortable seats in its class.

There’s no shortage of equipment either, with all versions getting the company’s neat, portrait-oriented infotainment, climate control and leather-trimmed seats. You get the brand’s semi-autonomous safety aids, while options to look out for include the Bang & Olufsen stereo and handy head-up display.

Thanks to the plush chassis and whisper-quiet refinement, few cars offer such a relaxed drive, while the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are paired with a sleek eight-speed automatic transmission for effortless progress. And while it’s not as entertaining as a BMW 5 Series, the Volvo’s precise steering and tenacious grip mean you don’t have to avoid the long way home.

If you want a little more thrills, the T8 plug-in hybrid will zap to 100kph in under five seconds, but will hum for more than 20 miles in zero-emission EV mode and claim over 100mpg.

BuyaCar financing options

Luxury cars normally cost a lot of money, but used Volvo S90s are surprisingly affordable. Even 2019 models start at less than £20,000, with monthly payments of £403 on a four-year hire purchase contract with a £3,000 deposit. Other new cars have lower monthly payments, but those are on PCP financing and you will have to make a large optional final payment to buy them. Not with this Volvo on HP.

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2. Audi A4 (Mk5) – Used Compact Executive Car of the Year

  • Our choice: 2.0 TDI 190 S line S tronic (2018/18, 56k miles, £17,999)

You don’t have to spend as much money as you might think to put a dash on the company parking lot, as the handsome and desirable A4 proves. Often just behind the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in the new car pecking order, the Audi comes out on top when it comes to the second-hand market.

Despite the strong remnants, you only need to spend £9,000 to get your hands on a well-maintained copy of this stylish and capable saloon. At this price, you’re looking at models with over 100,000 miles on the odometer, but the A4’s superb build quality means it looks and feels like it’s half done.

Spend a few thousand pounds more and you can choose from cars with low mileage and impeccable histories. And while you won’t have as much fun as you would in a 3-series, the Audi is still good to drive, with precise steering, precise handling and plenty of grip, especially with the optional Quattro all-wheel drive system. It’s impressively refined too, and despite a firm ride at low speeds, it offers top-notch comfort.

In terms of engines, the punchy and frugal 2.0-litre diesel is still hard to beat, with a combination of 189 horsepower and an easy 50 mpg. But there’s also a range of refined petrol engines on offer, plus V6 diesels and up to 345 hp available in the high-performance S4 top-end. Pre-facelift S4s had a 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine, which was dropped in 2019.

The real highlight of the A4, however, is the interior, which exudes a premium look and drips with state-of-the-art technology. The slick infotainment is packed with features, while the latest driver aids provide added confidence. Seating in the back gives you more room than rivals, while the 480-litre boot packs up everything from golf clubs to camping gear.

High demand from fleet users when new means there’s plenty to choose from, so you can afford to be picky. The understated SE has the advantage of comfort, while S Line adds some subtle visual aggression. But whichever model you choose, you’re assured of a stylish exec who can do it all.

BuyaCar financing options

The Audi A4 isn’t the cheapest used car when it comes to cash prices, but it’s a tempting option for the money, especially as four-year-old ones are still less than half the price of a new equivalent. With a four-year hire purchase financing, monthly payments are £377 after a £3,000 deposit via BuyaCar.co.uk. This means it will cost just over £21,000 to buy the A4 this way and you are free to keep it or trade it in.

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3. BMW 5 Series (Mk7)

If you value driving pleasure above all else, the sensitive 5 Series is still hard to beat. You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to engines, with petrol, diesel and plug-in options, as well as the tire-smoking M5 – although the fast and efficient 520d covers most of the basics. Sophisticated technology and an upper-class cabin only add to the BMW’s significant appeal.

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4. Tesla Model 3 (Mk1)

This all-electric model is far from a cheap option, but you’ll get a stronger return on investment than most alternatives. You also get a high-performance EV that sets the standard for performance, technology and range.
It is easy to drive and also spacious, and gives access to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

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5. Lexus GS450h (Mk3)

Hybrid executive sedans are all the rage these days, but it was Lexus who took the lead, with its GS450h. Our left pick has a 341-horsepower petrol-electric 3.5-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive, and this Japanese machine is surprisingly fun to drive, too. Legendary reliability also means less can go wrong than you might think. It also comes packed with standard kit, but prices start at a bargain at £2,500.

Check out the most recent used Lexus GS prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

6. Suzuki Kizashi (Mk1)

Suzuki’s ill-fated attempt at tackling this class makes this compact left field choice a surprisingly smart used buy. While the Kizashi doesn’t bear the insignia of rivals, the smart four-wheel drive sedan is well-built, lavishly equipped and surprisingly good to drive. Most are cherished by their owners, and few rivals are so exclusive.

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7. Jaguar XE (Mk1)

The combination of balanced rear-wheel drive, a delightful ride and good looks is a highlight in the Jaguar XE, while the car’s 2.0-litre diesel engine is powerful and economical. Early examples don’t have the best infotainment and the interior isn’t as luxurious as the A4, but for avid drivers the sharp-handling Jag is a top choice.

With an update in 2019, the XE’s engine range was reduced to three options: there is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 178 hp and a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines producing 247 hp and 296 hp respectively. Unsurprisingly, the former is the best for fuel economy, while the latter is daddy when it comes to speed.

While the pre-facelift model isn’t quite up to par with its rivals (the boot is disappointingly small at 455 litres, and the rear legroom is a bit cramped), it’s not far off.

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8. BMW 3 Series (Mk7)

The BMW 3 Series has been one of the most consistent performers in its class for years. Not only is it great to drive, but there’s a range of different engines in the lineup that combine performance with very decent fuel economy so you can have your pie and eat it.

The latest seventh-generation model arrived in 2019: there are more than a dozen powertrains to choose from, including a plug-in hybrid that promises 249 horsepower, from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, to 66 miles zero-emission, all-electric driving and fuel economy of 166.2-217.3 mpg.

The 320d SE – with its mild-hybrid technology – is the most efficient of the non-plug-in options, with returns of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 123g/km. If you’re looking for speed, the M340i is the fastest, with its 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine propelling the 3 Series from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. In reality, no variant of the 3 Series is what you would call slow.

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