Best looking cars

Style, poise, grace. The best looking cars have all of these attributes, but very few pull them all together like these do

BuyaCar team
Aug 18, 2020

Looking for a car that'll make the neighbours jealous? One that'll turn the heads of everybody in town? You'll want something that looks truly magnificent, as resplendent in the summer sun as it is sublime on the wettest of winter days.

It's true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we believe there are certain cars out there that are undeniably good-looking. From any angle, at any speed, we've picked out six cars that will cause even the least interested of on-lookers to draw a sharp intake of breath.

Car design has evolved dramatically since the 60s and 70s, when classics such as the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing and BMW 507 were born. They simply don't make them like they used to, and for the most part it's for good reason. Classic cars such as these weren't what you would call 'safe' by todays standards - the exact opposite in fact. Nowadays a car's aesthetic is dictated as much by the designer as it is by the health and safety department. The need for bulky crash structures and sturdy support pillars means the light and flowing shapes of classic cars are just no longer viable. 

But that doesn't mean all is lost. Every now and again a car manufacturer hits the jackpot and delivers a car which harks back to those glory days with truly stunning design - in our opinion. See what you think, check our our pick of the six best looking cars on sale right now with BuyaCar, you might even find a deal that takes your fancy.

1. Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Our pick Mercedes S 500 AMG Line
Used deals from £40,140
Monthly finance from £630

Opulence is the first word that springs to mind with this gigantic Merc. Nothing quite says 'I’ve arrived' like a big and expensive car that only has two doors.

It is stunning though. Everything about it is huge, from the doors to the wheels. The beautiful sloping roof is even massive, yet, as a whole, it remains elegant. For instance, the rear lights comprise of 66 individual LEDs daintily scattered over the rear end.

AMG models will hit 186mph and will get to 62mph in 4.2 seconds. Not bad for something that weighs more than two tonnes.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Lexus LC

Our pick Lexus LC500
Used deals from £55,950
Monthly finance from £869

Lexus might have a whiff of the golf club about it, but the LC so beautifully proportioned you’ll soon forget about tartan trousers and Freemason memberships.

The LC is a coupe in the most traditional sense, with just two doors and a sloping roofline. It’s brought right up to date with modern styling and a sharp front, with equally razor-like rear end. It also looks great in bright colours like Vibrant Flare yellow (pictured).

Power comes from a 359hp V6 hybrid in the LC 500h, or a 477hp V8 in the top-spec LC 500. We know that a 477hp-V8 doesn’t make a car better looking...but still.

LEXUS LC BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Jaguar F-Type

Our pick Jaguar F-Type R
Used deals from £31,500
Monthly finance from £461

Jaguar has previous when it comes to making beautiful cars. Its iconic E-type (a grandfather of sorts to the F-Type) is regularly featured on nearly everyone's most beautiful car lists.

The F-Type has a sleek shape in coupe and convertible form, and while the front is acute, it’s the rear-end styling that gets people talking. The immense bulk over the rear wheel accentuates the shape of the coupe especially, making it look genuinely muscular, and giving the F-Type a distinction over any other car on sale.

Best of all, you can get an F-Type in rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, with four cylinders, a V6, or a V8 - we know which we'd choose.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Arteon

Our pick Volkswagen Arteon Elegance 2.0 TDI
Used deals from £18,490
Monthly finance from £281

No, you haven’t misread that. We’ve really put a Volkswagen saloon on this list. Previous generation VW saloons like the Passat were always a bit on the mild side, until the CC came along, with a sloping coupe-like roof.

The Arteon is the next progression of this and it looks aggressive and mean. Its imposing shape clearly apes the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, but that's no bad thing. It works more cohesively as a product, the angular front working in conjunction with those multi-spoke swirling 20-inch alloy wheels.

It’s spacious, comfortable, and well made too, with economical engines, so it's not all about the looks here.

VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Volvo V60

Our pick Volvo V60 D3 Momentum
Used deals from £9,490
Monthly finance from £178

Volvo’s design language, as they’d say in design school, is fresh and simple with effortless style at every turn. There's nothing flashy about the V60, but it just oozes elegance. We say it's by the best looking estate car on the market, and there's plenty of competition to choose from.

As with most estates, it does have a boxy profile. But the rear-end is neatly designed and flows nicely into the side profile. Up front, it’s even neater, with a wide grille and angular headlights.

Inside it’s equally as classy, packed full of the latest technology, and available with very non-conformist cream interiors.

VOLVO V60 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Porsche 911

Our pick Porsche 911 Carrera
Used deals from £67,344
Monthly finance from £963

This might be the most contentious car on this list. The fact that it has its engine in the back means the rear is enlarged in comparison to more svelte cars. But it is one of the best looking designs out there.

A long bonnet with a sculpted rear is a classic sports car look, and the latest progression of the 911 range (now in its 55th year) is one of the best looking yet.

There is a dizzying array of Porsche 911 models available, from track-focussed GT2 cars to convertibles, but the best looking is the simplest Carrera model. That’s testament to how good looking the 911 is - you don’t need blingy wheels or expensive bodykits to make it appealing.

 

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