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Rivals

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

Jaguar XE

4 out of 5 4.0

When the Jaguar XE arrived in 2015, the most British of car manufacturers must have breathed a sigh of relief. After standing back, watching the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class clean up and sell in their bucketloads, this new and driver-focused entry-level saloon looked set to cash-in on an expanding market. Except... read more

PROS

  • Entertaining handling and great steering
  • Sharp looks on higher-spec versions
  • Diesel efficiency is highly impressive

CONS

  • Lacks rear-seat room
  • Limited range of engines
  • No hybrid or PHEV versions

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been on sale since 2014, and for 2018, it received a facelift, with its maker saying that 6,500 components have been changed or modified in the process. Not that you’d think it by looking at it – this has been a very conservative update with the main visual differences being limited to paint colour and... read more

PROS

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

CONS

  • Standard manual gearbox
  • Options can hike the price
  • Steering lacking feel
  • Servicing costs high

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