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Top Gear's top five saloons

  1. BMW 320D SE

    £28,080, 181bhp, 280lb ft, 0-62mph 7.5secs, vmax 146mph, 62.7mpg, CO2 119g/km

    All you need to know about the BMW 3-Series is that it’s possibly the best car in the world. And the 320d is the best model. Or a 330d, if you like poweeerrr.

    Read the full verdict here

  2. Mercedes C250 CDI AMG Sport

    £31,465, 204bhp, 368lb ft, 0-62mph 7secs, vmax 149mph, 56.5mpg, CO2 131g/km

    Doesn’t quite have the handling fluency of the BMW, but is perhaps an even more upmarket contender for class honours. Don’t like diesel? There’s a petrol V8…

    Read the full verdict here

  3. Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE

    £22,325, 170bhp, 258lb ft, 0-62mph 8.8secs, vmax 137mph, 48.7mpg, CO2 153g/km

    A bargain. A huge bargain, both financially and physically. Not one for the high speed corner attack, but for wafting and comfort it’s peerless.

    Read the full verdict here

  4. Ford Mondeo 1.6T Zetec

    £20,000, 160bhp, 177lb ft, 0-62mph 9.3secs, vmax 134mph, 44.1mpg, CO2 149g/km

    A change from ubiquitous diesel - Ford’s latest turbo petrols are excellent and the Mondeo, though ageing, can still show younger cars how things should be done.

    Read the full verdict here

  5. Volvo S60 D4 SE Lux

    £29,845, 163bhp, 295lb ft, 0-62mph 9.2secs, vmax 137mph, 65.7mpg, CO2 114g/km

    The Volvo S60 appears in this list at the expense of the Audi A4, which should give you some indication of how highly we rate it. It’s a car that looks after you.

    Read the full verdict here

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