Sleek and non-comprising; the Audi A6 is one of the pinnacle executive cars available in the UK market today.
Priced from £30,985, the Audi A6 is available in three trim levels: SE, S line and Black Edition, with a hybrid version also offered by the German maker.
Standard equipment is plentiful across the range, with entry-level models coming equipped with alloy wheels, dynamic suspension, cruise control, light and rain sensors, Audi Parking System Plus, ESP, leather upholstery, MMI Radio Plus, DAB radio. MMI Navigation, dual-zone climate control and leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel.
Higher-spec versions add features such as larger alloys, sports suspension, front sports seats, leather gear knob, Xenon headlights, LED rear lights, Audi Music Interface, Bose Surround Sound and privacy glass.
Numerous diesel engines are available to power the Audi A6, including the new ‘ultra’ units – which offer greater efficiency.
Depending on the version chosen, the Audi A6 will return average fuel economy of between 44.8mpg and 64.2mpg, while emitting between 114g/km and 166g/km of CO2.
This places the Audi A6 in a VED tax band between ‘C’ and ‘H’, while the model will carry a BiK tax rating of between 17% and 28%.
Customers can also opt for the Audi A6 hybrid 2.0 TFSI, with the combination of an electric motor and petrol engine contributing to an average fuel economy of 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
Our pick of the range is the Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra SE, for its greater efficiency and generous level of equipment.
BMW 5 Series
As would be expected from this particular German manufacturer, the BMW 5 Series brings heaping of luxury, sophistication and class to the table.
The BMW 5 Series is priced from £30,265 and is available in the following trim levels: SE, Modern, Luxury, ActiveHybrid and M Sport.
As with all BMW models, the 5 Series comes very well equipped. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth, BMW ConnectedDrive Services, BMW Professional radio, 6.5-inch colour display screen, leather upholstery, sat-nav, Xenon Headlights, rain sensor and Park Distance Control.
Moving up the trim levels brings additional equipment such as larger alloys, front LED foglights, sport multi-function leather steering wheel, front sport seats, 20GB HDD memory, voice-control, four-zone air conditioning and ‘M’ styling features.
A range of engines are available to power the BMW 5 Series, with power outputs ranging from 141bhp to 402bhp. In addition, the model will emit between 119g/km and 206g/km of CO2, depending on what version is chosen.
Furthermore, the BMW 5 Series will return average fuel economy of between 32.8mpg and 70.6mpg.
With the best efficiency in the range, coupled with enough equipment to please most drivers, our pick is the BMW 5 Series 520d SE.
Rivalling its fellow German executive models is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which is available in the UK car market as a saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet.
Prices for the Mercedes E-Class start from £32,750, with the model available in three trim levels, which are SE, AMG Sport and AMG.
Standard equipment is there in abundance, with all models in the E-Class range featuring alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, climate control, Bluetooth, Parktronic with Active Park Assist, twin-pipe exhaust system, COMAND Online System with seven-inch display, DAB radio, leather upholstery, heated front seats and leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel.
Moving up the range brings additional desirable features such as larger alloys, AMG bodystyling, sports suspension, metallic paint, sports steering wheel, LED Intelligent Light System, AMG sports exhaust system and AMG instrument cluster.
A host of optional equipment is also available to customers, including AirMATIC air suspension, 360-degree camera, panoramic glass sunroof, privacy glass, reversing camera and more.
Numerous engines are available for use in the E-Class, with the range consisting of three diesel unit, one diesel hybrid powertrain and four petrol powerplants.
Depending on the version chosen, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class will return between 28.5mpg and 68.9mpg, while emitting between 109g/km and 232g/km of CO2.
We recommend the Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE, for its combination of power, efficiency and high levels of equipment.
Staking a claim among the trio of German models is the British-built Jaguar XF, which manages to hold its own against such stiff competition.
Priced from £29,945, the Jaguar XF is available in SE, SE Business, Luxury, R-Sport, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, Diesel S Premium Luxury, Diesel S Portfolio, Supercharged Premium Luxury and Supercharged Portfolio trim levels.
All versions of the Jaguar XF come well equipped, with base models receiving a seven-inch colour touch-screen display, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless start, Bluetooth audio streaming, Intelligent Stop/Start, automatic headlamps with washers and a Jaguar 250W sound system.
Moving up the trim levels brings extra luxuries such as a aerodynamic enhancements, stainless steel pedals, Meridian 380W sound system, leather heated and cooled seats, restyled front bumper, larger alloys and navigation system with HDD mapping, DVD player, post-code entry, destination entry and voice guidance.
A plethora of petrol and diesel engines are available for the Jaguar XF, with power outputs ranging from 161bhp to 336bhp.
Depending on the version chosen, the sleek and stylish Jaguar XF will emit between 129g/km and 224g/km of CO2. All units come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Our pick of the model range is the recently addition to the line-up: the Jaguar XF 2.2D 163 SE. This model is well-equipped and is the most efficient runner in the XF range.