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It may have had a starring role in The Matrix film, but the Cadillac’s CTS’s performance is less than enthralling away from the silver screen. The CTS range is only being offered with thirsty, high emissions petrol engines where most of the competition offers fine turbodiesels. Company drivers will [...]
530d - Back in the old days, before carmakers started devoting their energies to creating new niches to tempt buyers into spending their cash, you had a simple choice: if you wanted a family car, you either bought a saloon or an estate, if you wanted a bit more space. The 4x4 muddied the waters slightly, b [...]
M35h - Popular in the USA for 20 years, Infiniti has been looking to carve out its own slice of the luxury market in the UK since 2009. The Infiniti M35h is the Japanese brand’s own unique take on the hybrid executive saloon.
3.0 CRD V6 Executive - Despite being built in Toronto under Italian ownership, the gargantuan Chrysler 300C couldn’t look more American. An exhilarating and muscular 3-litre engine is let down by awkward handling and below-par build quality.
D4 SE Nav - The revival of the V40 name has landed Volvo with officially the safest car on the market. Taking its lead from the Ford Focus, this practical hatchback will please many but the claustrophobic cabin won’t.
250 Luxury - Back in 1993 the first generation Lexus GS300 made 209bhp, accelerated to 60mph in 8.6secs with a 143mph max, weighed 1,720kg and it cost £31,950. Now in its fourth generation, the all-new V6 Lexus GS250 has near identical power and performance figures, a similar price and it weighs the same as its [...]
2.0 TDI - The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine in the Audi A6 is the core model of this executive range and accounts for around 75% of all sales in the UK. This is the key model for fleet drivers, but private buyers will also be attracted to the new A6 with the small diesel thanks to its generous power and econom [...]
2.2D 190 autos - There is no missing the new Jaguar XF on the road. It has an all-new front end with slimline headlights incorporating distinctive LED lighting strips. The grille is bigger and more upright, the bonnet both lower and boasting a wider power bulge, while the lower bumper twisted chrome fins are even mo [...]
2010 - The new Saab 9-5 almost became a trivia question, along the lines of ‘Which production car was fully developed and shown, but never actually built?’. Because when General Motors cut it Swedish subsidiary loose at the end of 2009, the company’s future looked bleak, until the Dutch boutique sports car [...]
3.0 CRD diesel - An effortless drive featuring excellent ride and handling. A large car inside and out, the 300C has a secure feel. Offers great value for money.
530d and 535i - BMW’s 5 Series could quite justifiably be described as a business tool for successful executives. Large numbers are sold as company cars, their existence pointing to the status of the driver. And because of their use for business purposes, the vast majority of 5s are powered by diesel engines. The 5 [...]
3.0 HDI Exclusive - The C6 is a Parisian boutique hotel room on wheels; the bulb in that vintage bedside lamp may keep blowing but those curtains will still look amazing. It’s chic, quirky and pretentious with technology that leaves you wanting for nothing; it’s innovative Citroën at its best offering a super smooth r [...]
DRIVe - The big attraction with the S80 in DRIVe form is its superb economy and emissions. You may have to trade some performance when picking the 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, but the reward for company drivers comes in the form of a much reduced benefit in kind payment to the tax man.
3.0 V6 CRD - The 300C has proved a big success for Chrysler since first going on sale in 2005. Its striking good looks and attractive pricing made it a tempting proposition for execs wanting an imposing luxury car without having to re-mortgage. Then, in early ’08, some wise revisions made it even more tempting.
Mercedes-Benz included 2,000 technical changes in developing the current E-Class, many of them made in an attempt to win over those customers who had been disillusioned by the reputation it had gained for unreliability since the last overhaul in 2002. These developments have done the job, though, of [...]
520 d - Cars do not come much more legendary than the BMW 5-series. Now in its fifth generation the car has been manufactured by the German carmaker since 1972. The current version, the one reviewed here, was updated in 2008, and comes with a choice of five engines – 2.5 and two 3.0 litre petrol with a 2.0 [...]
2010 - The all-new BMW 5-Series has a lot to live up to after the runaway success of its predecessors. Its looks are not as radical as the previous model’s, but underneath BMW has been busy making improvements. There are also more frugal and environmentally sound engines, and there’s also stop-start engine [...]
2.0 TDi S-Line 4 Door Manual - A brilliant performer with a beautiful interior. A safe a solid feel from this spacious and practical model. Driving the car was a pleasure – especially on long journeys.
The Jaguar XF looks every bit as good as it drives. It’s visually stunning and has excellent road manner, the XF is the perfect companion.
M30d and M37 GT Premium and S Premium - Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti was launched way back in 1989 in the US and in Europe as recently as 2008. Infiniti’s new M sports saloon now joins the existing EX, FX and G model range, but to succeed the M has to hold its head high among the established giants of premium executive saloon sector.
2011 3.0TDI quattro SE S tronic - Seventeen years after the first A6 comes the all-new, fourth-generation A6. With a lightweight aluminium/steel composite construction and bursting with the latest technology, Audi’s new mid-sized exec saloon looks set to continue where the previous model left off; as the world’s top selling car in i [...]
450h F Sport - The all-new GS450h is the second-generation Hybrid Drive GS and one of the two fourth-generation GS saloons. To describe it as a technological tour-de-force would be an understatement as it’s crammed from bumper to bumper with all manner of high techness – pretty much everything in fact, except inte [...]
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