Sedans are often the car we all go to when we look for a family car. Hatchbacks are right up there but they can be a little on the small side. Saloon and estates can be too large and not really in your price range but sedans are right in the happy medium of everything. They can have small economic engines, larger more powerful engines, they can be driven around town and on the motorway just as easily. They’re a size you get used to quickly, they’re friendly to new drivers and experienced drivers can still have great fun in them. A sedan is actually the car type that brands like BMW have made their fame and fortune with. Other brands have been in the game for a very long time also, such as Honda. If you have just begun a family, this is the kind of car you may want to look at.
Still going strong
Perhaps the most famous sedan of the 1990s was the Honda Accord. The newer model shows why this model is still going strong. The 2018 Honda Accord does everything right in all the categories. It meets every criteria you would hope a car worth your time and money would. However it’s got a newer sleeker design which makes it look flatter, thinner and thus more aerodynamic. Able to cut through the air better, the Accord manages a decent combined average of 33 miles per gallon from it’s 2.0-litre petrol engine. Instead of the older V6, it now has a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine making 273lb-ft of torque. Roomy inside, with a 16.7 cubic feet boot to stow away the family’s luggage and nice foot space for the driver, the Accord is the general all-rounder.
Still the king?
Of course, you know it’s coming. The best of the best, the BMW 3 Series. It’s the king of all sedans and has been for almost 2 decades running. It’s easy to see why. The 3 Series is BMW’s bread and butter. Looking on MotorMill, you can see all the different variants of this model. You can have small 2.0-litre diesel engines that allow a 4-door car to achieve a staggering 74 miles per gallon. Or you can have, the 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engines producing well over 300bhp and 300lb-ft of torque. Great room inside, with above average boot space, the BMW also has one of the best weight balances of any sedan with a 52-48 split.
Style and speed
Jaguar has always been a saloon giant. No one else makes a saloon quite like Jaguar. However it’s XF model has taken the sedan world by storm. It’s everything you would expect it to be. You have the option of 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6, or the fire-breathing 5.0-litre V8 pushing over 500bhp and 500lb-ft of torque. Very spacious inside, it has perhaps the largest boot of them all. The fuel economy is also right up there with a combined average of around 38 mpg for the V6.
Would you like an all-rounder that does everything well? Maybe you would like a sedan that handles great and is built to last. Or you could go for the new kid on the block and test it’s grace and pace.