Key requirements: comfort, refined, driver feedback, maintainable running costs, so which cars make the top ten?
1. BMW 5 Series
Jaguar’s XF is undoubtedly the driver’s car in the segment, combining deft handling characteristics with a supremely comfortable ride.
3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class champions driver comfort over outright engagement. The cabin is a luxurious place to sit and goes a long way to softening the blow of long-distance driving.
4. Volvo S90
Sliding in at fourth place is the Volvo S90. Its striking design is shared with its V90 and XC90 rangemates, as is the strong focus on standard safety equipment - a big tick for family-minded buyers.
5. Audi A6
Audi’s A6 comes in at mid-table. Ingolstadt’s mid-range saloon does a lot of things very well indeed - it’s comfortable, well made, and handsomely styled - but in a class where the standard is set so high, the Audi suffers for falling ever so short of the mark.
6. Lexus GS
The lack of a conventional diesel offering means the Lexus GS is a left-field choice in this segment.
7. Skoda Superb
The Skoda Superb is big on many things: size, interior space, comfort and value for money.
8. Maserati Ghibli
While the Ghibli may command the most badge prestige of all the cars included in this top 10, that extra appeal does come at a rather serious price.
9. Infiniti Q70
Infiniti’s ageing Q70 is a bit of a tough one to recommend. While it may be fairly handsome to look at, it’s let down by a lacklustre range of engines - particularly the four-cylinder diesel - as well as an inconsistent ride and questionable handling characteristics.
10. Hyundai Genesis
Rounding out our top 10 mid-sized executive saloon list is this: the Hyundai Genesis.
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