Best value compact executive saloons 19 October 2014 by Debbie Wood Find out which executive saloons offer the best value for money We pick our engine and trim of the range Standard kit highlights and tax costs explained Enlarge 4 photos Main image caption The C-Class Saloon. With technology advancing at such a rate these days, the amount of kit your company car has can make a huge difference to your everyday life behind the wheel. Getting the balance right between equipment and cost though is a hard task to get right. To help we’ve been trawling through the standard specification lists of the most popular compact executive saloons to find you the cars which offer the best value for money. 1. Audi A4 Top of our list is the Audi A4 which is not only one of the most stylish saloons in the company car park, it also comes with a range of ultra-efficient engines and an interior which offers luxury motoring at its best. Choosing the entry-level SE gets you DAB Radio, Bluetooth, automatic lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, three-zone air conditioning, cruise control and rear parking sensors . However moving up to SE Technik costs just £1000 more and for that cash you also get sat-nav, front parking sensors, leather upholstery and a voice command system which we think offers very good value for money for under six pounds a month extra in BIK tax. Our engine of choice is the 2-litre TDI Ultra which has the lowest CO2 of the range while still offering 163bhp which helps the car accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds. Pick of the range: A4 2-litre TDI Ultra SE Technik P11D: £29,565 CO2 emissions: 109g/km 2014/15 BIK Tax band: 17 percent Monthly tax cost*: £167.54 Combined MPG: 67.3mpg Power: 163bhp Kit highlights: Sat-nav, voice control system, leather interior, three-zone air conditioning and parking sensors 2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class The fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrived in the UK this summer and brought with it a significant upgrade in interior quality and a new range of advanced kit. Best of the range when it comes to balancing power with CO2 emissions is the C220 which emits just 103g/km while offering 168bhp which propels the car from 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. Offering the lowest emissions of our list here, the C-Class boasts some pretty impressive standard kit in entry-level SE trim too with 16-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, multimedia system with a seven-inch screen and the new ‘Touchpad’ fingertip information input system, reversing camera, automatic windscreen wipers, cruise control and DAB Radio among the highlights. We would upgrade to the Executive Package for £995 (£5.31 extra per month in BIK) for folding rear-seat backrests, sat-nav and front heated seats which although makes the C-Class the most expensive of the three when it comes to P11D, it's still the cheapest when it comes to tax thanks to its ultra-low CO2 emissions. Pick of the range: C220 2.1CDI BlueTec SE P11D: £30,305 CO2 emissions: 103g/km 2014/15 BIK Tax band: 16 percent Monthly tax cost*: £161.67 Combined MPG: 70.6mpg Power: 168bhp Kit highlights: Heated seats, sat-nav, DAB Radio and reversing camera 3. BMW 3 Series Historically the BMW 3 Series has always been a hit with businesses thanks to its low running costs, great resale values and competitive leasing costs. There is a vast engine range on offer here, however it's the 320d efficient Dynamics which offers the best of the bunch when it comes to CO2 emissions with 109g/km. It’s also one of the few cars which doesn’t penalise for picking an automatic gearbox over a manual with CO2 emissions mostly identical across the range. However the premium for picking the auto gearbox is over £1,500 so we would probably stick with the manual. Now the BMW 3 Series may look better than the A4 on paper when it comes to tax costs and fuel economy but the standard kit on offer is significantly lacking in comparison. Highlights from the standard specification include 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, automatic air-con, DAB Radio, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and rain sensors and cruise control. If you're after sat-nav you’ll need to upgrade to the BMW Business Media package which costs an additional £890 and if you want a leather interior it’ll cost at least £1,295 on top. Pick of the range: 320d Efficient Dynamics P11D: £28,720 CO2 emissions: 109g/km 2014/15 BIK Tax band: 17 percent Monthly tax cost*: £162.75 Combined MPG: 68.9mpg Power: 163bhp Kit highlights: Bluetooth, air-con, DAB Radio and rear parking sensors One to watch….. Jaguar XE This good-looking compact exec is the brand-new Jaguar XE which has gone on sale this month. The XE is not only easy on the eye, it also offers an all-new diesel engine capable of emitting just 99g/km of CO2 meaning a 15 percent BIK tax band for the current 2014/15 tax year. P11D values for diesel models start at £29,720 and there will be four trims to choose from; SE, Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio as well as a performance R version. The entry-level SE model features sat-nav, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and Jaguar’s brand-new InControl infotainment system with an eight-inch touch screen. Need more info? The Best Value Superminis for business users Petrol vs Diesel – Performance and Economy Business Editions – are they worth it? *Monthly tax costs are based on a 40 percent tax payer and the current 2014/15 rates. Advertisement The C-Class Saloon. The Audi A4. The BMW 3-Series. The Jaguar XE.