Best luxury cars

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

BuyaCar team
Jun 11, 2021

Current car trends are heading in two directions: SUVs and low-emission alternatives like hybrids and electric cars. If you're in the top one per cent, or aspire to be, then you may not be following these trends so closely.

Beyond executive cars, like the BMW 7 Series, are brands like Rolls Royce - the epitome of luxury transport. You can also get range-topping versions of executive cars that give real luxury a run for its money.

Don't expect to find many used examples of these around, though. They're typically bought brand new, and prices can easily extend beyond a quarter of a million pounds.

Below are the top 10 luxury cars that money can buy.

Best luxury cars

1. 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. At almost 5.5 metres long, it's even longer than the long-wheelbase version of the regular S-Class.

Power comes in the form of two twin-turbocharged petrol engines: a 4.0-litre V8 and a 6.0-litre V12, while markets outside the UK will also get a 3.0-litre V6 hybrid option. Pricing for these starts at around £150,000.

 

2. 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. Not many examples are around, and it's more exclusive now that Aston Martin has discontinued the Rapide.

 

3. Bentley Flying Spur

Best luxury car for history lovers

Bentley's Bentayga SUV has taken off, recently, but some buyers prefer to be whisked around in the luxurious back seats of a more conventional saloon. Its 6.0-litre W12 engine is good for 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of well over 200mph where limits allow. There's also a slightly slower V8 - that model can still reach 62mph in just over 4 seconds.

It has also been recently updated and is packed with the latest technology, including Apple CarPlay and a couple of touchscreens in the front and back of the vehicle.

 

4. BMW M760Li xDrive

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 600hp 6.6-litre V12 engine and four-wheel-drive system, which 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. You can only get these used, now. New models are slightly slower, and currently comprise petrol and diesel offerings.

 

5. Ferrari Roma

Best luxury car for Italian style and drama

This is more a car for weekends - one for driving, rather than being driven around in. Its 3.9-litre V8 produces 620hp and is good for 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds. Go for the Portofino M, and you get a drop-top alternative with the same engine and performance figures.

If you're looking one the used market, the more practical GTC4Lusso with its pair of rear seats is just as much of a head-turner.

 

6. Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

Best luxury car for technophobes

With an engine overseen by Ferrari, this big Maserati sports saloon is off to a good start. The 3.8-litre V8 puts down its power to the rear wheels, which makes it fun, too.

It scores 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.

 

7. 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 monster capable of launching itself from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, courtesy of a suitably powerful 612hp 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. If you can deal with only getting to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC might make for a plusher alternative.

 

8. Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Best luxury car for Porsche power 

The new Panamera is a force to be reckoned with, especially in this 630hp, 4.0-litre V8 guise. There are also 3.0-litre V6 and hybrid options, too.

It’ll see off 0-62mph in 3.1 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. And if you're the sort of CEO that likes the occasional trip to Ikea, you might prefer the Sport Turismo version, with its larger estate-like boot.

Alongside the range-topping Turbo S is the significantly heavier Turbo S-E Hybrid - this plug-in hybrid produces a combined 700hp for 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds. If you can live with that tenth of a second, you can expect around 30 miles of emission-free driving if charged regularly. Its low CO2 figures (62 g/km vs 290 g/km) also make a lot of financial sense, particularly to company car drivers.

 

9. Range Rover SVAutobiography P565 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 565bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine out front.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the new kid on the block, though, and it offers equally impressive abilities traversing muddy fields between your country estates.

 

10. Rolls-Royce Phantom

Best luxury car for sheer opulence

Last, but by no means least, the Phantom is the luxury car by which all others are judged. It seems impolite to mention its 6.7-litre V12 engine, considering the work gone into making it as quiet as 34dB (that's quiet, by the way).

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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