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Best executive and luxury cars to buy
Budget buy - BMW 3 Series (£24,880-£37,040)
BMW's most profitable model is now also its most well-rounded. The firm has addressed key criticisms without ruining the strengths of the old car, and wrapped it up in a successful new body with subtle detailing that grows on you.
Affordable buy - Mercedes-Benz S-Class (£60,610-£164,260)
Safer, greener and more refined than ever, the facelifted S-Class's upgrades take the fight back to rivals like the 7 Series
We like: design maturing nicely, still the daddy in the luxury sector, punchy and frugal diesel engine, mad twin-turbo V12 S600
We don't like: BMW 7 Series still better on emissions, no hybrid option for the UK, much of the headline safety tech is on the options sheet
Premium buy - Rolls-Royce Ghost (£200,500-£233,065)
Baby Rolls-Royce is a relative term, but the great-looking Ghost opens up the brand's oh-so-distinctive style to a new breed of buyers.
We like: discreet and amazing performance, ride control, interior, refinement, ambience
We don't like: traces of wheel patter in town, expensive, fingertip lightweight drive not for all
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BMW 7 Series - great to drive and better looking than ever
Mercedes E-Class - solid, plush and with a three-pointed star on the bonnet
Jaguar XJ - styling not to all tastes but a fantastic all-rounder
Rolls-Royce Phantom - if you have olympian levels of cash, no other cars comes close
Bentley Mulsanne - Bentley's best stab at building the world's best car
Lexus GS450h - the cultured choice offering presence and grace
0-£4k: Skoda Superb
Anyone still slagging Skodas off as cheap is almost twenty years out of date: the brand has nought in common with shabby chic Skodas of old. Superb is the top line effort and blitzes German prestige cars sold in this price range.
We like: simple styling giving low radar signature in anti-capitalism riots. Reliability is the Superb's strong point: owners report 50+ miles per gallon from the 1.9-litre TDi and nothing going wrong.
We don't like: limited driving position adjustment and seats can be a bit soft. Watch out for ex-minicabs, and big wheels that spoil the normally supple ride.
£4k-£10k: Jaguar S-Type Diesel
Famous as the Top Gear "Nürburgring Transit van race" car, you can now buy a Jaguar S-Type V6 diesel for just £4,500: a total bargain for the parts involved. Spending a little more - maybe £6k - buys an '06 SE with 90k miles.
We like: anything up to 40mpg on a run and not too bad around town at circa 26. Nicely screwed together, classic Jag curviness. Ride quality on 17" wheels or smaller is purest old-school waft.
We don't like: some reports of electrical glitches but most owners claim almost total reliability, supported by decent JD Power results. Difficult to know what to replace one with when the time comes!
£10k+: Mercedes CLS
Think back to a time when swoopy coachbuilt cars were used by the super rich, to traverse continental Europe. The super rich have since moved to private jets, but the rest of us can relive that era with the Mercedes Benz CLS.
We like: sexy wind tunnel styling, low depreciation when bought used, luxury cabins, incredible efficiency with diesel engines, 200 kgs lighter than an S-Class. CLS embodies all the romance intercontinental motoring used to offer (and still does, in the right car).
We don't like: the proletariat, people in our way, ordinariness of everything else when you have to give the keys back.
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