Saloon cars can vary in their size, price and luxury status. But what they all have in common is that they are ideal for those who really put the miles in, whether it’s for regular business or family trips, in which a smooth and comfortable driving experience is required.
Here are 7 of the best saloon cars for sale in 2016.
The latest compact executive saloon from Audi’s A4 range has been refined in order to create a peaceful and exemplary driving experience. The Audi A4 Saloon is a saloon car that not only oozes style and sophistication in every department but also reflects Audi’s technological excellence from an engineering and design perspective.
Fans of the A4 should also look out for the release of the 2017 Audi S4 Saloon, which is based on the A4 but will be even lighter, faster and more powerful.
It’s been around for 40 years but the BMW 3 Series Saloon is widely renowned for a terrific driving experience. It excels in its grip, steering and suspension which means it’s equally great to drive on windy country roads as it is cruising down the motorway, with a sumptuous exterior and interior to match.
It’s a high-performing saloon car that can also be cheap to run. The BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid 3 variant for instance has great fuel efficiency and is capable of achieving 48 mpg whilst emitting as low as 139 g/km of CO2.
New on the scene and good enough to rival any other compact executive saloon car is the Jaguar XE.
The XE’s strengths lie in its blend of strong efficiency, sporty features and luxury design. The 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel variant is completely exempt from tax with below 100 km/g of CO2 emissions and 74.3 mpg.
The XE’s classic executive saloon exterior and incredible performance stats are complemented by an equally slick cabin with plenty of in-car technology at your disposal, such as the dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth.
The top of the range variants come with Lexus’ Advanced Safety Pack which includes a system that tightens seatbelts and applies the brakes automatically if the car senses a crash is imminent. Additionally, Adaptive Cruise Control is included so that you can maintain a safe distance from the car in front, which provides much needed peace of mind when cruising down motorways on a regular basis.
The Mercedes S-Class is one of the most luxurious saloon cars money can buy. If power is what you want, then the petrol V12 engine option will achieve 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The cabin of this iconic saloon really is luxurious. With outstanding acoustic insulation, you can expect some very peaceful journeys made even more comfortable by the finest materials and car technology.
Notably, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL system uses cameras to scan the road ahead for changing road conditions, and then adjusts the suspension accordingly to ensure the ride is consistently smooth and relaxing.
The SUV version of this executive saloon made our list of 5 of the best SUVs for a road trip, and the new Volvo S90 captures all the elegance, comfort, practicality and family friendliness of its bigger sibling.
Volvo is renowned for its excellent safety features and the S90 certainly follows suit. The City Safety, Pilot Assist and Large Animal Detection systems provide assurances across a wide range of possibly hazardous scenarios.
The Passat is an executive saloon car that’s more affordable than most in this list, but equally excels in the areas that make a great saloon car.
The latest Passat Saloon has received plaudits for its executive style, its robust build and smooth driving experience. The Passat’s superior practicality is exemplified by its impressive luggage space, legroom and low running costs – with the BlueMotion variant capable of 76 mpg and being exempt from any road tax.