Best luxury cars

Waft, cushion, relax. The best luxury cars do these, all while making you feel like a million bucks

Sep 12, 2018

The current trend towards lower CO2 emissions and falling fuel consumption is all very, well but sometimes it’s nice just to spoil yourself.

Fortunately, we’ve got just the cars – 10 luxury models ranging from sumptuous limousines and sporty GTs, to the last word in SUVs.  

Of course, there’s luxury, and there’s luxury. For example, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is a luxury car, pure and simple, whereas the BMW M760Li is the luxury version of an executive car. However, the fact that cars such as the BMW, the Porsche Panamera and even the Range Rover have a place in this list shows you just how good such cars have become, and how close is the gap these days between the best and the finest.

      

Best luxury cars

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Best luxury car for bling lovers

Not to be outdone in the super-luxury class, Mercedes has revived its Maybach sister brand to give its almost peerless S-Class limo the full bells and whistles treatment.

Imagine emptying the full contents of the S-Class options list into one luxury car and you’ve just about got the measure of it. As a sideshow, its 530bhp V12 engine launches it from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds, not supercar quick but pretty rapid for a luxury call all the same.

Aston Martin Rapide S

Best luxury car for British sportscar thrills

Luxury doesn’t have to be all about acres of space and a magic carpet ride, as this four-door Aston Martin proves. It has a coupe-like shape, so rear space is on the tight side, and it has quite a firm ride.

But its high specification, 550bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine (0-62mph takes just 4.9 seconds) and exclusivity are appropriate compensation.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Best luxury car for history lovers

If we’re being honest, this and the Rolls-Royce Ghost are the only two super-luxury spec cars on this list.

The Bentley is the sportier of the two, with a slightly sharper chassis and greater feel. Its 6.75-litre V8 produces 530bhp, sufficient to propel the car’s 3200kg of steel, aluminium, wood, and leather from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, the Mulsanne remaining delightfully composed and unflustered throughout.

BMW M760Li

Best luxury car for (relative) value

Since BMW provides the chassis for the Rolls-Royce Ghost, it’s safe to assume it understands a little about what makes a luxury car – and this new flagship 7 Series is certainly that.

Courtesy of its 600bhp V12 engine and four-wheel drive system, that maximises grip, it can whisk its passengers from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. Air suspension and Merino leather ensure they’ll barely notice.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Best luxury car for Italian style and drama

Like the Aston Martin Rapide S, this Ferrari is a practical supercar with more than a touch of luxury.

In fact, it’s a more successful concoction than the Aston thanks to its sublime four-wheel drive chassis with four-wheel steering, awesome 681bhp V12 (0-62mph takes a heart-stopping 3.4 seconds), and genuinely roomy and richly appointed interior.

Maserati Quattroporte 3.8 V8 GranSport GTS

Best luxury car for technophobes

With an engine overseen by Ferrari, this big Maserati sports saloon is off to a good start.

It picks up points with its impressively supple chassis, brilliant handling and great body control, only to lose them for an absence of the kind of cutting-edge kit and technology found on rivals such as the BMW. Still, we love it.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC

Best luxury car for bonkers noise

This would be just another large off-roader trying to be a Range Rover but for that magical number, ‘63’. In an instant this biggest of all Mercedes' 4x4s becomes something rather special: a 2600kg leviathan capable of launching itself from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, courtesy of a suitably powerful 550bhp 5.5-litre V8 engine.

Add the usual AMG trimmings and what’s not to like? Only the ponderous handling and epic understeer. Still, the interior’s pretty snazzy.

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

Best luxury car for Porsche power 

The all-new Panamera is a force to be reckoned with, especially in this 542bhp, 4.0-litre V8 guise.

It’ll see off 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, all while carrying four, full-grown adults in complete comfort. Rear-wheel steering ensures it stings like a bee, while air suspension ensures it floats like a butterfly.

Range Rover 5.0 SVAutobiography LWB

Best luxury car for outdoorsy types 

Few cars are better than a big Range Rover, especially one as big as this. The long wheelbase SVAutobiography version spoils its rear seat passengers with abundant legroom.

Meanwhile, occupants are flooded with light thanks to the enormous panoramic glass roof. It all feels rather special, especially when you’re thundering from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, thanks to the 550bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine out front.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

Best luxury car for sheer opulence

Last, but by no means least, the Ghost is the luxury car by which all others are judged. It seems impolite to mention its 563bhp 6.6-litre V12 engine, or to say that it can hurl the 2.5-ton Ghost from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds but there, we just have.

While we’re at it, we may as well just say that few cars can convey their occupants in such near-silence, and in a way that recalls a gentler age but also one that feels utterly contemporary.

                  

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