The mid-size executive class champions quality, economy and comfort, with the odd dash of handling dynamism thrown in for good measure.
These are the cars that will spend a great deal of their lives out on the motorway, so refinement is key. A bit of badge appeal won’t go amiss here, either. These are our favourites.
BMW’s latest 5 Series is the quintessential executive saloon, which is no doubt a result of its 46-year history.
It sets the standard in the segment as far as interior quality is concerned, and also makes for a supremely comfortable long-distance tourer.
It may not be quite as engaging as, say, a Jaguar XF, but this is forgiven when you consider where cars of this type spend most of their time. The tech on board is a notch above, too. The true well-roundedness of the 5 Series earns it top honours here.