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Audi A4 Saloon

4.3 out of 5 4.3

You’re looking at the latest-generation Audi A4 Saloon. If that wasn’t immediately obvious, blame the understated, evolutionary looks that look barely different to the model it ousted. This is a deliberate ploy by Audi – the A4’s success is absolutely crucial for the firm, so why change a popular recipe? Once again it battles the excellent BMW 3... read more

PROS

  • Exquisite interior quality
  • Impressive cruising refinement
  • Efficient performance

CONS

  • Understated looks aren't exciting
  • Front-wheel drive handling a little leaden
  • Expensive to purchase outright

BMW 3-Series Saloon

4.4 out of 5 4.4

For six generations the BMW 3 Series Saloon has dominated the premium four-door executive car market. It’s the saloon that rival manufacturers benchmark against, in terms of desirability, drivability and quality, among many other facets. And while some match or even surpass the BMW in certain areas, it remains at the pinnacle of excellence in this... read more

PROS

  • Engaging handling regardless of engine
  • Comfort isn’t spared for agility
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Performance/efficiency balance

CONS

  • Interior doesn’t feel as premium as some rivals
  • Ride can be unsettled without adaptive dampers
  • Cabin isn’t the roomiest in this segment
  • Wide range of expensive options

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

4.4 out of 5 4.4

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been on sale since 2014, and is a popular sight on UK roads. With good reason – it looks good, has cutting-edge safety kit, and is available with some very tempting finance packages. Does that mean it's worth your attention? In terms of the technology that underpins it, absolutely. It's so safe and fully... read more

PROS

  • Comfortable and luxurious cabin
  • Smooth engines
  • Great auto gearbox
  • Very comfortable

CONS

  • Standard manual gearbox
  • Air suspension costs extra
  • Inert steering
  • Servicing costs may be high

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