- A selection of the fastest family saloons explored and explained
- Compare their performance stats
- Not all are as expensive as you may think
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The best family saloon cars
They’re all priced around the same level except one very notable exception, but with the ability to cover 0-62mph in six seconds or less means each one is a genuinely fast machine.
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Regarded by many as the archetypal super-saloon, the M5 is where it all began - its legacy of under-stated looks and absolutely titanic performance mean it's still one of the most well-known and respected cars in the BMW M Power portfolio.
The latest version may feature a slightly smaller V8 instead of the monster V10 in previous models, but a pair of turbochargers help it deliver comical accelerative figures. If you want faster still, tick the optional M driver’s package to unlock the M5’s 190mph potential.
New price: £72,665 - £94,325
Used price: £24,305 - £65,170
Fuel economy: 28 - 28 mpg
Engine: 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol
Gearbox: Seven-speed twin-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters
Driven wheels: Rear
0-62mph: 4.4 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
Where the M5 saw a reduction in cylinders to adhere to stricter emissions and fuel economy constraints, Mercedes’s decision was to lower the capacity of the engine when the E63 was updated in 2013 instead.
It’s still amazingly fast and brilliant to drive, but the lack of a four-wheel drive system means marginally less all-weather capability than some rivals. Performance drivers will want to consider the E63 AMG S - figures from which are quoted below - that represents the ultimate derivative in terms of outright speed.
New price: £72,465 - £85,640
Used price: £16,535 - £50,950
Fuel economy: 22 - 28 mpg
Engine: 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol
Gearbox: seven-speed twin-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters
Driven wheels: rear
0-62mph: 4.1 seconds
Top speed: 186mph (with optional AMG Driver's Package)
The XF R-S is what happens when Jaguar goes a little bit potty. The firm has taken its sensible businessman’s XF and shoe-horned a monster of an engine under the bonnet. Significant work has also been carried out on the suspension, but the real star of the show is aural; the noise this thing makes simply has to be heard to be appreciated.
Driving through a tunnel is a sure-fire way to extract the small child in anyone. Just make sure you leave the traction control on unless you own a tyre factory.
New price: £78,905 - £81,405
Used price: £28,725 - £50,140
Fuel economy: 22 - 24 mpg
Engine: 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol
Gearbox: eight-speed twin-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters.
Driven wheels: rear
0-62mph: 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 186mph (limited)
“What’s a Vauxhall doing in this list?” I hear you ask. How about: this particular car has a higher top speed than many of the cars in this article.
Granted, that’s because most are electrically limited, but you can’t ignore the fact that this is a seriously fast saloon. It handles well too thanks to a sophisticated suspension system and there’s comical grip on offer thanks to its four-wheel drive.
New price: £29,180 - £36,580
Used price: £5,670 - £24,090
Fuel economy: 25 - 26 mpg
Engine: 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 petrol
Gearbox: six-speed manual
Driven wheels: all
0-62mph: 6.1 seconds
Top speed: 165mph
This is the car that Maserati hopes will propel it back towards the bigtime. It’s unusual in that it’s available with either a petrol or a diesel engine, but neither choice is going to leave you feeling short-changed.
The figures quoted below are for the fastest version on offer, the Ghibli V6 S, but even the diesel versions will cover 0-62mph in under seven seconds. It's definitely one of the more distinctive cars in this list, if not the best to drive.
New price: £49,860 - £72,725
Used price: £22,170 - £59,100
Fuel economy: 27 - 47 mpg
Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol
Gearbox: eight-speed twin-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters
Driven wheels: rear
0-62mph: 5 seconds
Top speed: 177mph
Sure, it's not a saloon, but it still takes the fight to the Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar mentioned in this article. It's a direct rival, but Audi chose not to build it in saloon form. Thanks to 'quattro' four-wheel drive it boasts astonishing levels of grip, while the engine supplies nutty performance that seems to make the world blur.
New price: £80,805 - £87,720
Used price: £40,450 - £70,850
Fuel economy: 28 - 29 mpg
Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol
Gearbox: eight-speed semi-automatic with paddle-shifters
Wheels driven: four
0-62mph: 3.9 seconds
Top speed: 189mph (with Dynamic Plus option)