Used luxury cars

New cars lose value quickly, but luxury cars are particularly bad for this. That means great used luxury car deals are easy to come by

Chris Rosamond
Apr 6, 2022

If you've ever spent any time trawling through used car adverts, chances are that you've spotted some enticing deals available on the biggest and best luxury cars from upmarket manufacturers.

Cars like the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ are designed to showcase the absolute best technology, luxury and most comfortable driving experiences their manufacturers can muster.

As a result, these swanky motors offer a level of opulence, capability and engineering that most of us can only dream of. They are sold new with sticker prices that many drivers find jaw-dropping too, in some cases as much as lesser mortals spend on a house.

Fortunately, there are those who are prepared to take the plunge and splash out on such exotic machinery, whether it be individuals with unusually deep pockets or companies who need to flatter the egos of high-earning directors or VIP clients.

Consequently, some of these cars can rack up relatively big mileages, while some may be hardly used at all. However they may have been used though, they all ultimately suffer the same fate which is massive depreciation that sees tens of thousands slashed off their value - in extreme cases the moment the first owner takes delivery.

But while this drastic loss of value is a curse first owners have to bear, it also opens the doors for those on a tighter budget who aren’t prepared to simply dream about how the other half live. Drivers with a taste for luxury but without the requisite new car budget can snap up some serious bargains on top-notch motors costing a fraction of their original price.

To prove the point, we’ve set ourselves a budget of £35,000, and picked out some of the most satisfying luxury purchases available at that price. Many of the models below are available for much less and there's always the option of affordable monthly payments with PCP finance.

We have examples of the flagship luxury models from a variety of upmarket manufacturers, including saloon cars and SUVs. All of which show you don’t need to be a tycoon to enjoy the privilege of experiencing some of the best-engineered and most luxurious cars on our roads today.

Luxurious used cars

1. Audi A8

Used deals from £32,500

The Audi A8 is one of the most technologically advanced saloon cars around, and as befits the German marque’s flagship it’s available with an astonishing range of high-performance engine options, luxury goodies and the latest driver aids.

Like its main rivals, the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class, the A8 is a big imposing car at over 5m long from nose-to-tail. That means as well as having lots of road presence, there are acres of interior space in which passengers can luxuriate in comfortable and hushed surroundings.

The current A8 is the fourth-generation model introduced late in 2017, and it’s a seriously impressive piece of kit. Fortunately, like all the big luxury saloons in its class, the A8 suffers from ferocious depreciation which means it makes an absolutely fantastic used car purchase.

AUDI A8 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. BMW 7 Series

Used deals from £27,600

Another German uber-saloon and, just like the A8 from Audi, BMW’s 7 Series offers used car drivers a taste of cutting-edge technology, luxury and prestige for a fraction of the prices paid by new car buyers. It's also a sharper car to drive, tuning in to BMW's reputation for making cars that cater for keen drivers.

The current generation car was introduced in 2015, but a brash new grille arrived in 2019 (pictured above) that makes the 7 Series look a lot more ostentatious. Luckily, you might prefer the classier visage of the pre-facelift version, which thankfully is much cheaper.

If you're willing to pay more, a 740Le plug-in hybrid model could help you to slash costs at the pump if you have access to a home charging point. On the other end of the scale, the M760Li provides supercar-like performance, though you'll need deep pockets to run one of these with around 20mpg being likely.

BMW 7 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Maserati Ghibli

Used deals Limited stock

The Ghibli is the smallest model in our used luxury car round-up, but we’ve included it because it’s big on sporty style. That exotic Maserati badge arguably lifts the luxury experience above that of similarly specified BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class models swimming in the same pond. 

Part of its allure is that there are no low-rent versions available new, and the Ghibli only comes with high-performance engines and opulent trim. That’s why you’re unlikely to see one operating as an airport taxi.

They’re pretty rare in fact, so you’ll only find a handful for sale at any one time on BuyaCar, but if you’re looking for a luxury car with a more exotic feel it’s hard to think of anything else that delivers rarity and style at such bargainous prices.

4. Mercedes S-Class

Used deals from £28,700

Like all the big German luxury saloons, the popularity of the Mercedes S-Class with corporate users and VIP car service providers means there are quite a few examples available for used buyers.

There may be relatively few private individuals buying cars like this new, but they do look a whole lot more attractive on the second-hand market, as they're so much more affordable that they're available to a far wider audience. Yes, big cars like these can cost a lot to maintain and fuel, but they're designed to last for decades, so you shouldn't need to worry about getting a car that is a few years old. OK, you might have a big maintenance bill from time to time, but just think about how many thousands you're saving in the first place.

S350d diesel models are most popular, though much like the BMW above there are plug-in hybrid models if you're willing to wait for the right one. S63 models are rapid, but expect to pay a huge premium for these relatively rare versions.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Jaguar XJ

Used deals from £17,991

Jaguar’s luxurious rival to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series makes a superb used car buy, because like most cars of this type, the value plummets once it’s left the new car forecourt. In fact, the XJ seems to lose value even faster than most, making it particularly affordable.

Production has ended for the XJ because Jaguar is getting ready to launch a new electric successor to its biggest and swankiest model. From our perspective that’s another point in the XJ’s favour, as the fact you can’t buy a new one tends to depress used prices further.

Whichever you go for, all come with lashings of luxury such as heated leather seats, soft-closing doors and an array of other toys and gizmos, while the XJ as a driving experience is one of the most comfortable and well-sorted around.

JAGUAR XJ BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Range Rover Sport

Used deals from £27,489

From gangsters to royalty, many wealthy drivers are drawn to this iconic British off-roader. Regardless of the Range Rover Sport's off-road ability, above all it's a luxury car. As a result, it’s possible nowadays to spend a shocking amount of cash on a new Range Rover, with the top-spec long-wheelbase SVAutobiography listing at a barely credible £170,000.

Don’t worry though, because the fourth-generation of the Range Rover went on sale all the way back in 2012, and most people will be hard pressed to tell an older one from a much newer car. These full-size Range Rovers can be especially expensive, so instead, we’re advising that you take a look at the Range Rover Sport, which has much of the cachet and prestigious image of its bigger brother, but is available at much more affordable prices. As it's smaller and more sporty in feel, it's also more engaging to drive, which is another bonus.

Diesel models are the most common, and SDV6 versions are a little quicker than TDV6 versions for little to no trade-off in terms of fuel economy. If you want more than 500hp, petrol-powered supercharged V8 models are available with the range-topping SVR model capable of 0-62mph in a very fast 4.5 seconds.

RANGE ROVER SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Lexus RX

Used deals from £34,750

The Lexus RX is one of the flagship models in the Japanese maker’s line-up, and as such is absolutely dripping with luxury features. The current generation model has been around since 2015, and while there has been a relatively recent minor facelift you can get an RX that’s a few years old, secure in the knowledge that you’re not far off the current state-of-the-art models.

You also have the reassurance of the stunning reputation for reliability that Lexus has built up since its launch in the late 1980s, while a powerful petrol engine with self-charging hybrid assistance will soothe your eco-insecurities too. 

The RX is a fine example of the Lexus brand’s strengths, offering superb build quality and a cabin crammed with luxury and technology. The exterior styling is eye-catching and sufficiently imposing to ensure your passing won’t go unnoticed, while the firm’s engineers concentrated on developing the car purely for a luxurious ride without needing to add that dash of sporty firmness that equivalent BMW and Audi models focus on.

LEXUS RX BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Porsche Cayenne

Used deals from £32,800

There are few cars on the road with the cachet of the big Porsche Cayenne SUV, and while you can’t get anywhere near the newest version for our £35,000 budget there are definitely options if you’re in the market for the second-generation Cayenne sold up to 2017.

The 3.0-litre diesel-powered V6 model offers punchy performance and it definitely won’t be as hard on your pocket at the pumps - surely an important factor for anyone seeking luxury on a budget.

There’s no doubt you’ll still be at the wheel of a luxurious thoroughbred, as even the least powerful diesel has a hot hatchback level performance and all versions drive superbly. The Cayenne is suitably luxurious too, with a very upmarket cabin that’s beautifully built and trimmed.

PORSCHE CAYENNE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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