hot hatches enjoy huge popularity here in the UK, thanks to a combination of sporty power and city-friendly size
But for those who still hold a saloon dear, there are good cars out there to be found at reasonable prices.
The traditional four-door family saloon car is on something of a failing footing these days, as five-door versions such as the Ford Mondeo are replacing them – these look like saloons but have a hinged boot lid, making them five-door. The saloon also now has to compete with relatively new segment classes, such as SUVs and crossovers, and of course the ever-popular hatchback. Where those genres are growing, the saloon pool is shrinking.
Although the above is the big news story for saloons, there are still people who love them for their traditional appeal and the very specific style you get from having a boot that's completely separate from the passenger cabin. You'll also find that there's great value for money to be had out there from the used car saloon market, so if you're prepared to commit to the search then you could come away with an absolute peach.
This is simply the American term for a saloon, so you're unlikely to find yourself searching for one on UK shores, unless you're after a particularly US styled car.
The BMW 3-Series is the UK’s most searched for used car for good reason.
The German manufacturer’s smallest model, the BMW 1-Series, has plenty in common with its larger sibling.
As well as this saloon, the Vauxhall Insignia also comes as a big, five-door hatchback.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive saloon that’s been on the market since 1993.
The BMW 5-Series has been a go-to saloon for executives on the move since 1972.