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Best executive sports saloons under £35,000

Looking for something a little sportier for your next executive car? There are plenty of great options to choose from.

The Kia Stinger GT

The Kia Stinger GT

If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury, stylish good looks as well as the practicality of a big car, then a sports saloon meets all of your needs. These four-door coupés are the epitome of innovative design and 21st century engineering, resulting in cars that are sure to stand out in the crowd and get you where you need to in style.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Giulia oozes Italian flair and exemplifies Alfa Romeo’s rich sports car heritage, but there’s plenty of substance behind its flashy visage. There are five trim levels available with the entry-level Giulia trim coming with 16-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and climate control. There’s also a raft of safety features as standard including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and collision warning system. There are two petrol and two diesel engines to choose from starting with a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol while the top of the range Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine which generates an astonishing 503bhp.

Price from: £29,480

Kia Stinger GT

The South Korean manufacturer may be best known for budget-friendly family cars but they’ve taken their offering to the next level with the release of the Stinger GT. The stunning body looks effortlessly stylish but there’s power behind the elegance with a choice of two turbocharged engines. There’s a strong selection of premium equipment too, with leather seats, 8-inch touchscreen, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and speed camera warning system all included as standard. And even if it has the looks of a sports car, it’s still practical enough for everyday life. The Stinger’s boot is a decent 406 litres, expanding to 1,114 litres with the back seats down. What’s more, with Kia’s unbeatable seven-year warranty, you know this is a car that you can rely on.

Price from £30,545

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Often perceived as nothing more than a motorway workhorse used by businessmen, the new Insignia Grand Sport has been designed to change minds and turn heads. With a bold design and agile handling, the Insignia has never been so much fun. That doesn’t mean that they’ve cut down on the comforts with a more spacious interior than ever before, and comfortable heated seats for both the driver and passengers. There’s also plenty of smart technology on board with the OnStar digital personal assistant, fully connected infotainment system and safety features including lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking. A variety of petrol and diesel engines are available to suit all driving styles with power outputs ranging from 108bhp to 255bhp. And because it’s 175kg lighter than the previous model, it’s more efficient, too.

Price from: £17,115

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé offers the perfect mix of good looks and spacious practicality. The sleek design suggests sporty flair matched by a nimble and dynamic drive. The entry-level SE model is generously kitted out with 17-inch alloys, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery and BMW’s comprehensive iDrive infotainment system. There’s a choice of seven turbocharged engines available, three petrol and four diesels with power outputs ranging from 181bhp to 252 bhp.

Price from: £33,110

Volkswagen Arteon

This striking saloon offers a premium driving experience in opulent surroundings. Within the cabin, you’ll find Volkswagen’s typically ergonomic controls, leather finishing, eye-catching digital displays and a touchscreen infotainment system, all as standard. More extravagant entry-level features include adaptive cruise control, climate control and parking sensors with options including parking assist, head up display and parking camera. The petrol engine range starts with a 1.5-litre TSI creating 148bhp along with two 2.0 litre options generating 187bhp and 267bhp. There are three 2.0-litre TDI diesels offering 237bhp, 187bhp and a 237bhp with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive version.

Price from: £30,280

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