Saloons have long enjoyed strong sales here, but in more recent times the segment has come under threat from increasing numbers of crossovers and SUVS. Car makers aren't ignoring the saloon segment though, with many producing some great new models. Increasing levels of passenger space as well as more economical engines mean today's modern saloons have a lot to offer buyers. As the cars grow in size so too does the number of safety systems designed to keep you and yours safe on the move.
1 - Mazda6
The Mazda6 is a great blend of quality, refinement and space topped off with some really sleek styling. While its 2.2-litre diesel engine might seem too big for some, it has low emissions and good performance. Recent updates have seen increases to in-car tech and improved driving performance.
2 - Skoda Superb
Not only does the Skoda Superb offer simply vast amounts of passenger and luggage space, it is now one of the best looking cars in the segment. Its sharp lines confirm the Superb's more upmarket positioning. The proven diesel engines are good, but don't rule out the petrol-powered versions either.
3 - Volkswagen Passat
Looking for premium brand feel and quality but without the huge price tag attached? The Volkswagen Passat benefits from sleek styling and generous proportions outside, while inside it has that instantly familiar feel that Volkswagen does so well. You can also have virtually any type of engine and transmission option.
4 - Kia Optima
This latest Kia Optima might not look radically different, but it has taken another big step up with regard to its interior and how well it drives. It does have a limited range of engines available, but they are economical and crucially the automatic transmission has reduced emissions, making it cheaper to run.
5 - Toyota Avensis
The Toyota Avensis is part of the furniture in the Irish automotive landscape, which is good in that it's dependable and has strong residuals, but not good because it's seen as uninteresting. The latest iteration is, however, better than ever and it's a solid family saloon by any measure.