Years built: 2007 to date Prices: £14,500-£57,950 Our pick: XF 3.0D
The XF has stolen the BMW 5 Series’ Best Used Executive Car title – and deservedly so. The big cat was recently crowned our Driver Power Car of the Decade, and who are we to argue with results from 300,000 readers?
Early examples are now more affordable, at well under £20,000, but it’s best to spend slightly more and find a Luxury or Premium Luxury model – both of which come loaded with kit.
The Jag is gradually making its way on to the used market in greater numbers, too, so it’s becoming easier to find all the time. Firebreathing 5.0-litre V8 XFR models are pure indulgence, while the quick and economical diesels make most sense. Early cars came with a 2.7-litre diesel, but this made way for a 3.0-litre in 2009. The latter is smoother and more punchy, and comes in 237bhp or 271bhp power outputs. Flagship oil-burners wear an S badge.
As you’d imagine, the ride and handling are superb, while the interior features great details such as the pop-up gear selector. Good looks, excellent refinement and decent passenger space add to the appeal, but optional extra-large alloys will affect the ride.
The accolades keep piling up. The Best Used Executive Car gong joins the Driver Power Car of the Decade crown in the XF’s trophy cabinet – which is already bulging with our Car of the Year 2008 and Driver Power 2009 awards. This used car merits special attention.
Driver Power 2011
What you said: “Absolutely sensational – so far, my XF has exceeded all my expectations. After numerous disappointing models from rival makers, it’s been a revelation with absolutely no problems; I should have bought one years ago.”
Strong sales from new mean the previous A6 offers plenty of choice for used buyers, and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel models are the best of the bunch. Comfortable, refined and surprisingly good value, the Audi is as sensible and affordable as they come, while the Avant estate offers added versatility.
BMW 5 Series
A brilliant late used buy, as the arrival of the latest model has affected values of the outgoing car. Diesels make the most sense, especially the 520d, but it’s difficult not to be seduced by the more powerful 530d. Every model in the range is great to drive and well built.
- 1IntroductionWe name top second-hand buys across 17 classes of the market, plus our Used Car of the Year
- 2Best City CarYears built: 2008 to date Prices: £3,750-£8,000 Our pick: 1.2 Comfort
- 3Best SuperminiYears built: 2009 to date Prices: £5,500-£14,000 Our pick: 1.25 Zetec
- 4Best Compact Family CarYears built: 2004-2011 Prices: £3,000-£14,000 Our pick: 1.6 TDCi Zetec
- 5Best EstateYears built: 2004 to date Prices: £4,000-£24,500 Our pick: vRS 2.0 TDI
- 6Best Supermini-MPVYears built: 2008 to date Prices: £7,500-£14,000 Our pick: 1.4 ES
- 7Best Family CarYears built: 2007 to date Prices: £5,000-£27,000 Our pick: 2.0 TDCi Zetec
- 8Best Compact SUVYears built: 2006 to date Prices: £10,000-£38,000 Our pick: 2.2 TD4
- 9Best CrossoverYears built: 2007 to date Prices: £7,000-£24,000 Our pick: 1.5 dCi Acenta
- 10Best Large SUVYears built: 2004-2009 Prices: £11,500-£30,000 Our pick: TDV6 HSE