Executive cars are primarily aimed at posh drivers – business types who want premium quality and exceptional comfort to help them endure those long arduous journeys between meetings.
That means they tend to be beautifully-finished, supremely quiet, cosseting to drive and packed with the latest in-car gadgetry.
The downside is that all these luxuries result in fairly big prices, especially if you were to get a little too tick-box happy with the options list in the showroom.
For those who simply can’t afford a new one, the only alternative is to find something on the used market that has depreciated to an acceptable price. But which second-hand executive cars will be affordable to run as well as purchase?
Value for money doesn’t get much better than this. The Avensis is 16 years old, but models aged 4 to 10 years are the most reliable of all second-hand exec cars
Price: from £2,000
What Car? Reliability Rating: 90.2%
If you think a newer Toyota Avensis is not an executive car then you definitely won’t think this older generation one is either. Nonetheless, What Car? included it on its list.
The second-generation Toyota Avensis – according to owners – is the most dependable older executive model out there.
Only a small number had reported problems, split evenly between the air conditioning, engine, engine electrics, exterior lights, fuel system, non-engine electrics and suspension.
Three-quarters of these slightly problematic examples were still driveable and half were fixed the same day.
Repair bills ranged from free to £1,000. Not bad for a large family motor you can pick up for less than £2,000 with no more than 60,000 miles on the clock.