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- BMW 5 Series Saloon/Estate
- Audi A6 Saloon/Avant
- Volvo S90/V90
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- BMW 4 Series
BMW 5 Series Saloon & Estate
The BMW 5 Series is an executive class car available as a saloon or estate model. The latest 5 Series builds on the luxury and refinement of its predecessor in pretty much all departments. The BMW 5 Series also stacks up well against rival executive vehicles when it comes to cost, you should find its cheaper than a like-for-like Audi A6 or Mercedes E-Class.
The new BMW 5 Series is closely related to and shares a lot of features of its bigger brother, the 7 Series. The latest model brings lots of new driver and safety aids and updated tech like BMWs new iDrive touchscreen/infotainment system that controls functions like climate control, audio system, sat nav and smartphone integration.
There are two trim-levels the entry-level trim 5 Series SE includes the large 10-inch touchscreen ‘iDrive’ infotainment system with sat nav. There’s also dual zone climate control, cruise control with auto-braking function, heated front seats and front/rear parking sensors. Full leather upholstery comes in a choice of four colours, there's a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel plus aluminium and ’Pearl Chrome’ trim.
The BMW Series M model adds an upgraded M Sport braking system plus classy interior and exterior unique styling. Exterior features include ‘M’ black alloy wheels, unique ‘M’ body styling, black gloss exterior trim and LED front fog lights. Inside gets door sill illumination and unique ‘M’ styled floor mats, pedals and steering wheel.
All engines are automatic transmission with 3 petrol, 3 diesel and the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. The diesels offer good economy, the 518d is the best of the bunch with CO2 emissions of 116g/km and combined fuel economy of up to 62mpg (figures based on saloon model). Despite the frugal economy figures it still feels powerful/quick enough and accelerate from 0-62mph in under 9-seconds. The new 520d is our pick, it matches the economy figures of the 518d but you can definitely feel and benefit from the extra power it packs.
The plugin hybrid can offer up to 120mpg and is a consideration if you’re happy to stump the significantly higher price-tag, it is also eligible for a government grant of up to £500 to install a charging station at your home.
The petrol engines are smooth but the 520i petrol feel no quicker than the 520d diesel and won’t match up on economy figures, the 540i is the performance pick, it take you from 0-62mpg in under 5 seconds (saloon models) and the 530i is no slouch either managing it in a fraction over 6 seconds.
Audi A6 Saloon & Avant
The Audi A6 is a direct rival of the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Volvo S90. Available as a Saloon, Avant (estate) or the All road Quattro model.
The A6 model line-up is a fairly straightforward affair, with to trim-levels the S Line or the Sport models. All engines are automatic with the choice of the 7-speed dual clutch S Tronic or 8-speed Tiptronic on the more powerful diesel engines. The Tiptronic offers more control with up and down shifting via paddles.
The most frugal diesel, the 40 TDI S Tronic models offers a combined fuel economy of up to 60mpg, emissions of 117g/km but it's still nippy enough, 0-62mph in a tad over 8 seconds (figures based on saloon model). At the other end of the scale the 55 TFSI Quattro S Line saloon model can take you from 0-62mph in a fraction over 5 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.
Audi’s approach is to include a lot of equipment as standard in a line-up limited to two models you buying into the luxury end of the market so the assumption is you want all the comfort, bells and whistles.
The Sport model included 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable and folding mirrors and LED lights. Inside is where the A6 really impresses, its sumptuous, the layout and the tech are impressive. For comfort and convenience, front seats are electrically adjustable and heated, upholstery is leather with luxury leatherette trim and there’s electronic dual zone climate control and Audi’s ‘Parking System Plus’ which includes acoustic parking sensor and a camera assistant.
The A6 S Line adds 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, full Alcantara leather front sports seats and additional S Line styling and badging.
Once your sat inside the A6 you can’t failed to be impressed, the comfort factor is impressive and the award-winning tech and layout is the icing on the cake.
Volvo S90 and V90
The Volvo S90 saloon and its bigger brother, the V90 estate version are spacious executive vehicles that offer great exterior looks, generous levels of equipment and ultra-quiet/comfortable cruising. There’s also an excellent plugin hybrid option that offers fantastic running costs and it should be a big consideration for companies or individuals with easy access to charging stations.
There are three trim-levels, the entry-level Momentum Plus gets plenty of standard equipment and tech including 9-inch infotainment/touchscreen system with sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, and voice control. Dual zone climate control and lather facing/heated front seats. There’s plenty of driver aids too including parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
As you move up the range you get full Nappa leather interior on Inscription Plus models and sports styling (sports seats, sport pedals and unique sports floor mats) on the R-Design Plus model.
There are plenty of engines to choose from, all with 8-speed automatic transmission, the petrol’s are name T4 and T5. The diesels follow a similar naming convention; D4, D5, the latter has an AWD option. The D4 returns the best economy figures with CO2 emissions of 121g/km and combined fuel economy of up to 61mpg (all economy figures based on saloon model).
The performance T8 hybrid is AWD and packs 320bhp, it can take you from 0-62mph under 5 seconds and it could be the ace in the pack. Volvo say it can return 134mpg (combined).
The Volvo is classy looking inside and out, it provides and very smooth experience and the hybrid is very interesting.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid)
The Outlander PHEV has been one of the best-selling plugins in the UK and in fact the best seller across Europe for the lst few years.
The latest Outlander PHEV has had some subtle tweaks but remains pretty much the same on the outside except for LED lights and new alloy wheels. The older 2.0 litre petrol hybrid engine is replaced with a new 2.4 litre version combined with a 13.8kWh battery. The new 2.4 litre engine means more power, torque and better acceleration (0-62mph is around half a second faster than the old 2.0-litre model).
The Outlander PHEV is capable of up to 145mpg (combined), and CO2 emissions of around 47g/km. If you’re in the market for a plug-in or haven’t considered one but do have good access to charging stations then it should be a consideration, especially if you are looking for a spacious SUV.
The Outlander PHEV can travel in full electric mode for 28 miles and it can also do up to 84mph in full electric model. If your usual round trip to work is in the 28 miles you could feasibly have very few trips to the petrol station for fuel and run most of the time In full electric meaning ultra-low running costs. It also qualifies for up to £500 government grant for installation of a home charging station.
There are plenty of trim-levels but even the entry-level has decent levels of equipment with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, electric windows (front and rear). There’s no sat nav but the touchscreen infotainment system does include Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay which will be more than adequate for most to use their favourite smartphone sat nav app and other features. There’s also Bluetooth and music streaming with steering wheel mounted audio controls.
We have a more in-depth review of the Outlander PHEV models here on our top 5 Hybrids article.
BMW 4 Series
The BMW 4 Series the close relative/2-door version of the BMW 3 Series Saloon available in coupe and the more popular convertible edition with two trim-levels in the guise of Sport and M Sport models.
The 4 Series boasts a roomy cabin and good boot size for a car in this class, along with clean cabin, excellent materials and finishes plus one of the BMW’s highly rated, latest infotainment system.
Standard on all models are 18-inch alloy wheels, leather interior with contrast stitching detail, front and rear parking sensors, BMW excellent infotainments system with sat nav, Bluetooth and Head-up display, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, dual zone and start/stop.
M Sport models add the unique M styling and sport suspension including; M aerodynamic body styling, the leather M Sport multi-function steering wheel and the M Sport instrument cluster.
The 4 Series oozes class and handles nicely, yes there are faster things on four wheels but it’s it’s a joy to drive. The diesels are a popular choice and will make more sense for most people the standard 420d with manual transmission offer combined fuel economy of up to 56mpg and still manage 0-62mph in a tad over 8 seconds.
If you’re looking for something at the sports performance end of the spectrum then then an M Sport with the 430i or 440i petrol engine are the way to go the latter can take you from 0-62mph in a fraction over 5 seconds.