The public’s demand for saloon cars has diminished somewhat, such has been the demand for SUV and Crossover style vehicles, but that, in a sense, makes them more desirable. When all the other drivers are riding their high-sided vehicles, a sleek saloon can slide swiftly past carrying the occupants in some style. With a good mix of crisp handling, a comfortable ride, impressive interior quality and respectable fuel economy with most models, these vehicles make for great, affordable used car purchases that look good at the kerb or on the drive. Why be part of the SUV crowd? To make the point, here’s five favourites that consistently top the popularity stakes:
With a smart, understated design, the Audi A4 has one of the best interiors in this sector; something that this brand’s vehicles are noted for. It’s a smooth rider too with excellent refinement and a broad engine range from small economical units to hugely powerful variants; the choice is yours. With both saloon and Avant (estate) versions, this is justifiably one of Audi’s best sellers.
The C-Class is a popular sight on British roads, and appears consistently in the best-sellers listings. It looks good and offers a classy interior and cutting-edge safety kit plus the draw of the three-pointed star on the front. The C-Class majors in safety and is packed with all the latest technology. It drives very well but, top tip here, this car particularly suits an automatic gearbox.
BMW 3 Series
This is the car that the real drivers want. With rear-wheel drive this compact prestige saloon is quiet and refined. It feels light and agile on the go with a wide selection of petrol and diesel engines, plus the 330e plug-in hybrid with impressive electric-only driving range. For the more sporting minded buyer the M-Sport range offers real driving pleasure, with the added handling advantage of firmer suspension. Whatever the owner preference, there’s a car for everyone in the 3-Series range.
It’s been around a while now with a number of upgrades and revamps over time but this car still fits the bill with stylish looks and a great badge. It performs well in both fuel economy and outright performance thanks to the aluminium-intensive construction. This lighter weight equates to greater efficiency, especially from the brand’s recently developed family of 2.0L, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. With good driving manners and a fine interior this classy vehicle keeps the flag flying for UK motoring.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Giulia is the latest in a long line of desirable Italian saloons (pictured) for those who enjoy looking back at a car when walking away. It is beautiful to behold and makes a good left-field choice from the usual selection. It’s an executive car for romantic car enthusiasts. Being Italian it is superb to drive and the interior has all the glamour. With precise steering and near perfect weight distribution the Giulia feels involving and special from behind the wheel. With diesel and petrol variants it really is okay sometimes to let the heart rule the head.
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