Which? tests reveal affordable luxury cars...and an MPV that could be costly to live with

05 February 2014

BMW 5 Series 2010

Which? testing has revealed that if you pick a luxury car model with care, it can be a lot cheaper to live with than you might expect. Some people carriers, on the other hand, can prove much more problematic, with high running costs and troublesome reliability.

We’ve just tested the most popular 2.0-litre diesel models of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, and both impressed with strong fuel economy in our realistic tests. And, according to owners who responded to the Which? Car Survey, these models benefit from low annual fault repair costs. Join Which? for £1 and gain instant access to all of our survey results.

Luxury cars don’t always mean luxury prices

Thanks to these sound performances in the latest Which? Car Survey you can enjoy owning a new luxury car and the extra comfort and space that comes with it, without paying through the nose. 

VW Sharan 01

MPVs are practical, but  are they cheap to run?

However, we’ve heard from owners that some new people carriers are not as enjoyable to own. The Volkswagen Sharan may feel solid, but repair costs and breakdown rates don't live up to Volkswagen’s usual good standards. 

And, while the Sharan has reasonable official fuel economy figures, it failed to match these in our more realistic tests. In fact the 2.0-litre diesel Sharan could cost £395 to fuel every year (over 12,000 miles) than the 2.0-litre diesel BMW 520d we tested. (Fuel prices from www.petrolprices.com). 

Find out exactly what fuel economy you can expect in our full Volkswagen Sharan review.

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