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What compact executive cars I would recommend

For many drivers the ‘executive’ cars the badge on the bonnet is as important as the car itself and it’s the three German firms – BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz which lead the way when it comes to brand status. I have compiled a list of my favourite executive cars which may suit your needs.

Although not one of the big three mentioned the Second Hand Lexus IS is up there for me. Lexus are known for their customer satisfaction and it explains why so many Lexus owners stick with the marque. The IS main rivals are the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes C-Class, but offers a different approach with its choice of hybrid or petrol engines. The new styling has updated the car giving it a sportier and more distinctive look. The new model also handles better thanks to new suspension and better steering. With Lexus you know you will get terrific reliability and dealer service.


The Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe is a sleek and sporty-looking three doors which is there to rival the likes of the Second Hand BMW 4 Series and the Used Audi A5 coupe. It’s one of the most stylish in its class and has head-turning looks are thanks to its swooping design and the big three-pointer-star on the front of the bonnet. Not just a pretty face but it also is spacious inside. It combines superb build quality, a luxurious and comfortable interior and sport handling. It can come in an impressive economical diesel engine but does come with a relatively high price tag but that is expected with the Mercedes badge. If you’re looking for a cheaper and more practical version then go for the saloon model.

This list couldn’t be complete unless the BMW 3 Series was included. This car is one of the best compact executive cars money can buy and has won many awards over the past 10 years to suggest this. The latest model doesn’t look too different from the car it replaced, but it does have bigger dimensions and a more efficient engine and easily the best 3 Series yet. The main points of the 3 Series is that’s it’s one of the best to drive in its class in terms of fun, its beautifully built and has low running costs that you might not expect. The downside with the 3 series is that it does have expensive options and in comparison to some rivals the interior space is fairly average too.


Last but not least to make my list is the Audi A4. Arguably maybe this can’t compare with the 3 Series but it is an excellent upmarket car which is a competitor and can compete with the high-quality, all-round premium car with performance with the likes of the Mercedes C-Class. The A4 can’t match the 3 Series for outright driver appeal but I’d go as far as saying it’s a better all-rounder with more rear passenger room, a larger boot and the availability of Quattro four-wheel drive. In my opinion the A4 is an expensive car to buy when you can consider you can get cars more fun to drive such as the 3 Series which are also more efficient too.