Spacious, sleek, and often the epitome of luxury in the automotive industry, manufactures such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have helped to shape a category that has come to define the vehicle of choice for the successful professional. Here are the four best executive cars available right now.
Though the Mercedes-Benz S-Class nomenclature was not officially adopted until 1972, predecessors of the iconic flagship sedan date back to the mid-50s and arguably set the benchmark for the category. The W222 S-Class even pushes the boundaries with technology by using an on-board system to allow it to drive itself. Mercedes released a video of engineers riding aboard a W222 S-Class that drives autonomously for 104km, following Bertha Benz’s pioneering 1888 journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim.
BMW is the biggest selling luxury automaker in the world and its 5-series, which also launched in 1972, is renowned worldwide for its quality. There are numerous models that make up the 5-series today, offering everything from the performance-focused GT series to the hybrid-electric version known as the ActiveHybrid. First unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and entering production a year later, this technology reduces both fuel consumption and emissions by more than 10%
Rounding out the German big three is the Audi A6. Now in its fourth generation, the A6 was crowned the 2014 Executive Car of the Year by Auto Express. It’s available with either a petrol or diesel engine. The former comes in two varieties—a 2.8-litre FSI V6 petrol engine with 204 horsepower or a 3.0-litre supercharged FSI engine with 300 horsepower—while there are three diesel models: a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine in three states of tune.
Tesla Model S
The wildcard option would be the Tesla Model S. The U.S. electric car manufacturer’s second vehicle received rave reviews upon its release in 2012, becoming the Consumer Reports’ most highly rated car ever. The Model S is a full-sized plug-in electric five-door, luxury liftback. The United States Environmental Protection Agency rated its energy consumption at 237.5 Wh per kilometre for a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.
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