Top ten cars to be driven in for 2012

Cars are often aimed at a particular segment, whether it is city use, family or business.

However, sometimes people are looking for a car to actually be driven in and this brings forward a new set of necessary features.

Comfort, equipment and practicality will all top the list – while for some being chauffeured is all about brand recognition and how recognisable the badge is.

From saloons to people carriers this guide will talk through our favourite top ten cars for being driven around in.

Range Rover

The Range Rover name tag is synonymous with luxury and has been for many years.

As well as coming with an array of exterior paint jobs, including metallic black, blue and silver, the Range Rover is accompanied by a vastly equipped interior.

On the road, a Range Rover is instantly recognisable and the Range Rover badge is rightly seen as the height of luxury in the UK.

There are five different shades of leather upholstery with six different types of designs to choose from, full climate control, 12.3″ virtual instrument panel and front and rear heated seats.

The commanding seating position and spacious interior are ideal for those seated in the back and the ride is smooth and comfortable.

Range Rover prices start from £69,995.

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Jaguar XF

A lot like Range Rover models the Jaguar XF already has a reputation as a stylish, classy manufacturer which not only makes performance cars, but can do comfort and luxury too.

From the outside the XF echoes the classic aerodynamic Jaguar design with bonnet contours and the circular Jag badge slapped in the centre of its front end.

As standard features the XF offers a DAB digital radio, leather/suede cloth upholstery and a stop-start system. On top of the standard trim there is a Sport and SE Business trim offered.

The XF uses an economical 2.2-litre diesel (149g/km) engine, which brings its price down to under £30,000. With its sporty exterior the Jaguar XF is stylish as well as practical and luxurious.

Jaguar XF prices start from £29,950.

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Citroen C6

The C6 is a saloon with a distinctively stylish exterior.

With a sloped front end, central bonnet contour and arced taillights the C6 is set apart from other saloons and is also a head turner on the road.

The C6 offers a high quality interior with leather seats, a well equipped LED instrument panel and climate control. There is also 488 litres of boot space.

On top of its leather seats is ample amount of leg and headroom which make longer journeys a little less claustrophobic and also mean that the C6 can function nicely as both a business and family car.

Perhaps the key feature of the Citroen C6 is its incredibly smooth ride with the suspension ironing out any bumps in the road with ease.

Comfortable, practical and styling, Citroen C6 prices start from around £30,000.

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Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque made a name for itself even before it was officially on sale with 6,000 orders before the first models even arrived at dealerships.

The Evoque has an edge over many other luxury cars as it is highly customisable, a criterion that has grown since Victoria Beckham was linked to its interior design.

Interior Evoque features include a HDD premium navigation system, climate control and a leather steering wheel.

One of the most eye catching features on the baby Range Rover are its 20″ alloy wheels and its contrasting roof and body paint job, of which can be specified from a range of different colours.

For a sportier, more stylish option to the Range Rover, the Evoque offers affordable style without compromise.

Range Rover Evoque prices start from £27,995.

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Seat Alhambra

The main selling point for the seven seat Alhambra is it has plenty of space and plenty of comfort.

Although it is much larger than a saloon the Alhambra does a great job of getting you, and many other passengers, from A to B and its sleek design is one of the most impressive in the segment.

Inside, the interior feels upmarket and well-put-together and should impress any guests in the car – all six of them.

With all of the seats up the Alhambra offers 267 litres of boot space but with both back rows folded down it offers a massive 2,297 litres of storage space.

There is also plenty of leg and headroom for passengers, even for adults who wish to sit in the back seats.

Seat Alhambra prices start from around £24,000.

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Jaguar XJ

The XJ has been praised for its style and power but despite its sporty looks, it also doubles as a consummate motorway cruiser.

Under the bonnet it offers a range of engines, including a frugal 3.0-litre diesel engine and a powerful V8.

The XJ offers great exterior styling with a muscular, yet sporty, body shape and the signature Jaguar front grille.

There are many different equipment packs and trims to choose from with the XJ, however standard entry level equipment is very high quality. It includes cruise control, xenon headlights, metallic paint, 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof and a touchscreen satellite navigation system.

Prices for the Jaguar XJ start from around £50,000.

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Kia Optima

The Optima is the first Kia saloon to ever go on sale in the UK, and it offers an affordable option without compromising quality.

The Optima offers a coupe like roofline with a muscular exterior, something of which has become popular amongst the Picanto and Rio models.

Inside, its instrument panel seems to lean in towards the driver giving it saloon-like qualities. Features include MP3 compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather wrapped steering wheel, which has mounted controls.

Electric operated seats are also offered to help you find the right driving position if you feel like getting behind the wheel yourself.

Kia Optima prices start from £19,595.

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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The Zafira Tourer is a very versatile car for its size.

It offers Vauxhall’s acclaimed Flex7 seating arrangement which allows the seats configuration to be manipulated in the car by physically moving them around the interior, a handy perk with cross country trips.

On top of its universal seating arrangement, the Zafira Tourer offers a maximum storage capacity of 1,860-litres and plenty of head and leg room.

The Zafira Tourer also comes littered with a number of storage compartments, which can prove useful when loading the car up.

The Zafira Tourer is also a very stylish car that definitely stands out in its people carrier segment. Offered as the executive level option in the Zafira range, it is a step up in class from standard models.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer prices start from £21,000.

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Citroen DS5

The DS5 echoes the stylish reputation of the DS range forged by the impressive DS3 supermini and DS4 hatchback.

With a muscular body featuring bonnet and door contours, it is sporty, yet stylishly sophisticated.

Inside the DS5 offers a cockpit like design with overhead switches and a split centre console which is located low down in the cabin. A sporty steering wheel is also added.

Other features include automatic air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and start and Bluetooth. The DS5 also makes use of a new Hybrid4 diesel engine that delivers sub 100g/km CO2 emissions.

The DS5 is also available with a D Sport trim.

Prices for the Citroen DS5 start from £22,400.

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Peugeot 508 RXH

The 508RXH is a new stylish estate that is great for long distance driving, especially business orientated drives.

The 508 offers firm and responsive handling as well as a Hybrid4 powertrain returning up to an impressive 67.2 mpg, a handy perk for long distance drives.

An array of equipment is offered on the 508RXH including quad-zone air conditioning, a panoramic glass roof and a brushed aluminium dashboard. Its style and technology is akin to its brother, the Citroen DS5.

The 508 also comes with ample storage space with up to 423 litres in the boot alone.

A release date is yet to be announced although it is expected to be sometime in 2012.