Top 10: Large premium cars
If it's comfort, space and performance you want, then you can't go wrong with one of these premium models. But it's not all German makes with a few surprises in this top 10. So here are the most popular large premium cars as decided by you our readers, calculated by which reviews have the most page views.
It's not your traditional 'executive' saloon but the F-Pace is very much a premium and upmarket large car. And one that's clearly proving popular with you - our audience. It may be a posh Jaguar but it's also good value for money. The F-Pace is competitive in terms of price with the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC but offers more interior space.
The 20d engine isn't the best but the ride is superb. However the F-Pace really excels when it comes to handling. It matches the excellent Porsche Macan for cornering prowess and feels more like a sports saloon than a big SUV, with surprising agility.
The 5 Series is a superb executive saloon, with top notch refinement and quality throughout. Like its predecessor, BMW's trademark driving enjoyment shines through on a challenging road, although some might feel that the interior feels a little flat against the equally excellent Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
As good as the 5 Series is on a long run, it really stands out on a country road. Compared to rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the BMW is a touch much more poised and direct, giving a real sense of connection between the driver and the road. If you really enjoy driving, this is the best car in its class.
The latest E-Class is simply superb. There we said it. It's not often a car comes along that's hard to find fault with, but the Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes mightly close to that. It's a car that's not only more refined, but higher quality and significantly more luxurious than the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series with which it competes. It's head and shoulders above the competition.
The E220 d is the most popular model but it's so quiet and smooth, it's hard to tell that it's actually a four-cylinder diesel. The same goes for that way it performs with far more pace than you'd expect.
We've been hugely impressed with the new Volvo S90. It's a huge transformation from the drab S80 it replaces and Volvo finally has a high quality saloon that's easily a match for the competition. With a genuine sense of luxury inside, a beautifully smooth ride and an excellent 2.0-litre diesel engine, the S90 is one impressive premium saloon that offers a genuine alternative to the usual four-door suspects.
The onus is still on comfort, but the S90 corners impressively with responsive and well weighted steering. It's wonderfully quiet on the move, the ride quality is excellent and the seats incredibly comfortable. We can think of no better car for covering long distances.
There was quite the debate in the HonestJohn office as to whether to include the DS 5 here. Yes it used to be a Citroen but now DS has been spun off as a brand in its own right - and one that wants to be seen as a 'premium' make. The jury is still out on that front but there's no denying that the DS5 is something genuinely different.
Sadly it doesn't quite make the grade against the competition with one of the main criticisms being the poor ride quality - something which was always a mainstay of big Citroen cars in the past.
The A6 is not exactly a spring chicken anymore. In fact, it's getting on a bit in this company. Yet despite being several years old now, the A6 has plenty of appeal. It still looks good - even if it's not the most daring of designs. But while it doesn't break too many boundaries, many people who buy a posh saloon like this don't necessarily want to be noticed. Discreet but stylish is where it's at.
The 2.0 TDI makes most sense and it's been tweaked and improved over the car's lifetime. The latest version will return more than 67mpg - according to the official figures at least - so while it's not the quietest of engines it should at least be cheap to run.
The original XF marked a return to form for Jaguar and this second generation version looks to perfect that formula further. And it delivers on all fronts. It’s excellent to drive, luxuriously finished and packed with up-to-date technology. For someone seeking an alternative to the usual German executive saloons, the XF is perfect.
It has a little more character than some of its rivals and although Jaguar is still shaking off its 'old man' image, the R-Sport versions are a bit more exciting and actually kind of sporty looking. It's powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel that's used in the F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery Sport plus there's a 3.0-litre V6 diesel which is our favourite.
You could describe the Arteon as a posh Passat, but Volkswagen would rather you didn't. It's a replacement for the Volkswagen CC, which in turn was a replacement for the Volkswagen Passat CC - essentially a four-door coupe version of Volkswagen's Ford Mondeo rival.
Even in more powerful variants, the Arteon isn't exactly a thrilling drive. But that's not what you buy an Arteon for. If you're looking for something that stands out, feels extremely upmarket but you're not too worried about the badge on the bonnet, the Arteon could be the car for you.
Lexus has always tread a different path to the competition - as the GS illustrates. This may be a big saloon but there's no diesel option, instead Lexus offers only hybrid power. There was originally a GS 250 petrol model but it was dropped from the range in early 2014.
The GS 450h is the stand out version with rapid performance when required but hushed quiet most of the time. True, it doesn't boast the sharpest handling and the CVT gearbox takes some getting used to, but as it's a Lexus it will be utterly reliable and you'll be dealing with some of the best dealers in the business.
Maserati may have long been associated with style, performance and exclusivity. But things are changing as the Italian brand looks to be less of a niche player and move more into the mainstream with an expanding model range. Step forward the new Ghibli. Yes, for the same money as an (admittedly top of the range) 5 Series diesel, you could be driving a Maserati instead.
It's a dramatically styled saloon but sadly the cabin isn't as impressive and lacks some of the style you'd expect from an Italian luxury car. That said, the quality is impressive and the sumptuous interior is incredibly comfortable. It still feels special from behind the wheel and is a car guaranteed to get the neighbours thinking you're doing very well for yourself.