Motoring journalist Rob Griffin picks out 10 of the very best executive cars ever made.
The best executive cars have it all: style, comfort and plenty of power.
If you have aspirations to be a top business bigwig, these 10 beauties will help you look and feel like a boss.
In many ways this is the king of the executive cars. Hugely popular, it is available in variations costing from £30,000 to a little under £60,000. As far as handling and quality is concerned, this car really has very little in the way of serious competition.
Clearly Jaguar’s contender for the crown held by the BMW 5-Series, the XF has a flowing, rounded style, and comes in a range of styles costing up to £80,000. It’s easy to see why it has won a slew of awards. One of the classiest Jaguars produced for years.
Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
If you take a normal looking Porsche and feed it steroids the chances are you’ll end up with the Panamera Turbo Executive. Muscular and capable of taking you from 0-62mph in the blink of an eye – or 4.2 seconds to be accurate – it's a true sports car wearing an executive disguise.
Mercedes Benz E-Class
It looks the part and is effortless to drive – smooth, responsive, quite simply a joy. You also have the kudos of driving a car adorned with the iconic three-pointed star badge. With this machine Mercedes are hoping to challenge the superiority of BMW in this area.
There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the A6. It’s a solid, well-designed car that will do the job intended perfectly. Arguably not as fun as some of the executive machines but it’s reliable, dependable and still looks the part.
Now we’re talking. A beautiful executive machine that oozes class. Maserati has designs on this area of the marketplace and the Ghibli - despite its rather strange name – is a stylish and very well designed contender. As an added bonus you get to tell everyone you drive a Maserati.
Overlooked by many people – principally because Volvos have more of a reputation for estate cars than executive machines – but the S80 should still be given serious consideration, if only for its build quality, comfort, and for not being a BMW.
Big and stylish with an appealing hint of Bentley about it, this beast is the epitome of large, muscular US comfort. Despite plenty having been sold it’s still rare enough to stand out from the seemingly endless number of Mercedes and BMWs stalking the motorways.
If you’re tired of modern-looking executive machines then why not opt for something with more of a retro feel, such as the Saab 900. Pretty much timeless – thanks in no small part to the modern styling it was given on its debut in the late 1970s. It has forged a reputation for excellent handling and performance for two decades and even older models still look eye-catching today.
Simply a classic – and one with an important pedigree. Chosen by Mercedes to spearhead its entry into the small saloon arena and go head-to-head with BMW, no expense was spared and the net result was a reliable car that was choc-a-bloc with the latest technology.