Sure, SUVs are a thing now, but sometimes all you want is to go back to basics: A car that’s refined and practical, but also punchy when you need it to be. Thankfully, this class hasn’t yet been neglected; competitors have pulled out all the stops in creating the perfect saloon for your everyday drives. 

The usual suspects leading the race are quite predictably, the Germans, but brands such as some Lexus and Alfa Romeo have caught up by packaging deft handling, impressive interiors and handsome looks to make for some of the best cars in the market. 

If you’re in the market for one, here are the best executive luxury saloons to be seen in this year.