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BMW 7-Series

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Six generations in and the BMW 7 Series still showcases the talents and technologies of the firm and its engineers, with 13 industry firsts debuting on this model set to filter down into the rest of the BMW range. For much of its four decade-long history, the 7 Series has been in the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class – and to a lesser extent... read more

PROS

  • Comfort
  • Technology
  • Driver appeal
  • Efficiency

CONS

  • Derivative looks
  • Rear seat space
  • Expensive options

Jaguar XJ Saloon

4.1 out of 5 4.1

The XJ is the pinnacle of Jaguar’s ethos of building cars that offer high performance and comfort in equal measure. It’s a world away from its predecessor, both in terms of appearance, cabin space and the driving experience, yet this is still very much a Jaguar with a coupe-like look. Like most cars of this size, it’s expensive new, but the Jaguar... read more

PROS

  • Long-distance refinement
  • Muscular performance
  • Agile handling
  • Soundtrack from petrol engine

CONS

  • German rivals offer more up-to-date tech
  • Not the most commodious cabin or boot
  • Rivals ride better
  • Would you rather be the driver or passenger?
  • Some interior plastics feel low-rent

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

4.8 out of 5 4.8

Although various pretenders to the best luxury saloon crown have come and gone over the decades, it’s the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon that remains the best in its segment. For the German marque, it’s a showcase for its technological brilliance, bristling with all manner of driver aids, safety equipment, while not forgetting its role of pampering... read more

PROS

  • Indulgent levels of luxury
  • Crammed with technology
  • Diesels’ real-world efficiency
  • Crushing performance of AMGs

CONS

  • Restricted range to pick from
  • Options are very expensive
  • Lacks rivals’ exclusivity
  • Ubiquity might count against it 
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