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Top five executive estates

  • Five executive estates with agreeable tax bills
  • Each one returns fuel economy of over 50mpg
  • Do you want high performance or low tax bills?

If you're a company car driver in a slightly more senior position and are looking for an executive car with lots of load room, there's a raft of estates around that fit the bill.

Here we've picked out our favourites and laid out what we like about them, how they perform and crucially, how much they cost in company car tax.

We've also detailed how fast they are, so you can weigh up those all-important facters: cost vs performance.

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE

Why buy?

Probably the drivers’ favourite among the five cars here, the 5 Series Touring really is an involving machine to be in charge of. There’s loads of feedback through the steering wheel, the chassis is beautifully balanced and it’s also pretty agile considering its size. Although the lowest-emitting of the cars here, it’s also the fastest.

0-62mph: 8.3 seconds

Top speed: 138mph

CO2 emissions: 130g/km

MPG: 57.6

Boot size: 560 litres

P11d value: £32,250

Cost per month*: £183

  

Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI SE

Why buy?

It’s stylish, well-built and boasts a range of incredibly smooth diesel engines that return relatively impressive fuel economy statistics. It is expensive, but there’s always a sense of occasion when you’re driving an Audi. It’s also worth noting that although a large car, the A6 is surprisingly agile through corners too.

0-62mph: 9 seconds

Top speed: 138mph

CO2 emissions: 132g/km

MPG: 56.5

Boot size: 565

P11d value: £31,930

Cost per month*: £181

 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate E220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE

 

Why buy?

The E-Class Estate is an excellent, fast touring estate car. It's ace card is the cossetting ride comfort as well as excellent handling characteristics, but the E220 also has a brilliant diesel engine that pulls very strongly and is incredibly smooth. It’s also worth noting that the E-Class has the biggest boot in this test by quite a margin.

0-62mph: 8.8 seconds

Top speed: 137mph

CO2 emissions: 136g/km

MPG: 54.3

Boot size: 695

P11d value: £33,400

Cost per month*: £200

 

Skoda Superb Estate S 1.6 TDI CR

Why buy?

Here at Parkers we’re big fans of the Skoda Superb. Its combination of space, intuitive design and great driving dynamics make it a firm favourite. In low-CO2 trim it really is all the large estate car you’re ever going to need. Although not as fast as some of the more expensive cars here, the trade-off is a longer range and lower running costs.

0-62mph: 12.6 seconds

Top speed: 119mph

CO2 emissions: 114g/km

MPG: 64.2

Boot size: 633

P11d value: £19,675

Cost per month*: £85

 

Peugeot 508 SW Access 1.6 e-HDi EGC

Why buy?

Peugeot’s 508 SW is probably one of the comfiest cars in this top five. It is a supremely capable motorway mile-muncher that’ll get you to your destination in calm and collected fashion. It might lack the premium feel of some of the more expensive models in this test, but you can’t argue with tax bills like that.

0-62mph: 12.3 seconds

CO2 emissions: 110g/km

Top speed: 120mph

MPG: 65.6

Boot size: 512

P11d value: £20,320

Cost per month*: £88

 

*Company car tax is worked out using 2012/13 rates, the 40% pay scale and the P11d value of the car without any options.