Must have extras - executive cars

6 Jul, 2012 11:05am

The essential kit for executive cars

The list of options on executive saloons is usually exhaustive, but you needn’t spend a fortune. Even basic cars usually get leather, Bluetooth and cruise control.

On top of this, we’d add sat-nav, as costly built-in units don’t make up such a large percentage of the cars’ prices. Plus, they include clever additions, like BMW’s real-time traffic monitoring.

Xenon lights are also worth getting, and see if you can order auto high-beam, too. With such powerful lights, it’s vital that you don’t dazzle oncoming drivers.

Don’t spend on… Night vision: pointless and expensive (without exception). Massage seats: how relaxed do you want to be when driving? CD changer: it’s time to go digital.

Our pick: Audi A6 SE (from £30,495)
The A6 comes comprehensively equipped so we’d recommend an SE model, rather than the more expensive S line. We’re not fans of the higher-spec car’s big wheels and sports suspension (they affect ride comfort), so stick with the entry-level version. With the money you’ve saved, you could add the brilliant Bose surround-sound stereo (£1,000).