Best cars for looking rich

Whether you’re old money or newly minted - and want your car to help you stand out - check out our round-up of grand cars

Chris Rosamond
Jan 30, 2021

Rich people often drive some of the most expensive cars, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Yes, some wealthy people choose to drive more modest machinery, but some rich motorists like to splash the cash on posh cars. However, if you want to project a sense of wealth with the car you drive, you don't need to have a trust fund or a lottery win.

Car manufacturers are churning out ever more advanced and desirable models in the 2020s that push the boundaries of engineering and good old luxury. They’re ever-more expensive too, with plenty of upmarket brands now offering cars that cost comfortably over £100,000 - a level that was once the preserve of truly exotic supercars and hand-built limousines.

Nowadays it's easy to spend well over £100,000 even on a top-of-the-range Audi SUV. The great news for those without £100,000 to spend, though, is that luxury and high-end car values tend to fall dramatically the moment they’re driven off the forecourt. This means that while those who purchase the car new may have lost tens of thousands of pounds by the time they come to sell, you can take advantage of a fantastic bargain on their old car - a car that will make you look every bit as rich.

Generally speaking, car manufacturers tend to evolve the looks of their flagship vehicles, rather than making each version look dramatically different. After all, it’s a tough call trying to explain that you’ve just made a customer’s brand new £100,000-plus purchase look outdated, a week after they bought the outgoing model at full price.

This is more great news for drivers looking for bargains in the automotive ‘rich list’, as a two or three-year old motor will very often look just as up-to-date as the day it left the factory. Buyers tend not to have to worry about the cars being looked after either, as owners of top-end cars typically make sure they’re maintained very well with money no object.

So, if you want to enjoy the luxury and thrills of a rich person’s ride, but want to let those with fatter wallets take the financial hit of purchasing the car brand new, then check out the fantastic deals available on some of the world’s most amazing motors here on BuyaCar for less than £80,000.

And if you like the idea of driving a high-end car for a relatively affordable monthly payment, you might want to find out more about PCP finance. PCP offers lower monthly payments than Hire Purchase or a traditional car loan, meaning that you could afford to get into a better car for your monthly budget than you might think. Just be aware that you won't own the car at the end of the contract unless you make the large optional final payment.

Best cars for rich people

1. Aston Martin

Used deals from £52,900
Monthly finance from £1,011*

The sports car brand beloved by James Bond - Aston Martin - makes hand-built luxury supercars that are well out of reach of most pockets. However, while they’re droolingly desirable, most Aston Martin models are as susceptible to depreciation - loss of their original value - as any of their rivals.

As a result, you could be driving off into the sunset in your dream Aston Martin for little more than £50,000 or potentially less than £800* per month on PCP finance. That should just about get you into a four-year old Vantage V8 with a few miles under its belt, whereas a new Vantage today will cost you at least £120,000. Most people will never notice the difference - especially if you get an inexpensive private number plate, so the age of the car isn't obvious.

Or how about the fabulous four-door Rapide model, the height of luxurious family motoring with its sophisticated leather interior, glamorous aluminium curves and mighty V12 engine? You could get a 2015 version for around £65,000 - less than a third of the price of a new one; a whopping £200,000.

Maybe a £70,000 2015 DB9 will light your fire, and if you’re able to eke the budget out to around £90,000 you might even be able to get behind the wheel of a 2017 DB11 V12 Launch Edition with 12,000 miles on the clock. A brand new DB11, on the other hand, would set you back at least £150,000.

2. Range Rover

Used deals from £39,989
Monthly finance from £609*

Beloved by the Queen, gangsta rappers and real gangsters alike, the Range Rover is another of those iconic rich people’s cars that drop in value like a stone the moment they’re driven home by the first owner. Again, that's great news if you want the look for less.

You could purchase a top-of-the range supercharged 565hp 5.0-litre V8 SVAutobiography for £180,000, but why would you when a 2018 model with just 10,000 miles on the clock could be yours for £80,000 - an astonishing £100,000 saving.

Trim the budget to a more affordable £40,000 and you could find yourself behind the wheel of a much more sensible four-year old 3.0-litre TDV6 Vogue model that has covered 40,000-odd miles. A well-treated Range Rover should shrug off such light usage, and should feel like a nearly new car at that age. As with any expensive car, though, just remember to put a little aside for servicing and maintenance.

If it were new, this Range Rover would set you back £80,000, but again, very few casual observers would be able to tell old and new apart. If you can’t stump up £40,000 in one go, then PCP finance monthly payments of just £400* per month, with a deposit of around £4,000 make driving a high-rolling Range Rover more affordable.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi RS6 Avant

Used deals from £42,140
Monthly finance from £725*

Rich people often have a selection of cars and when their ‘workhorse’ isn’t a Range Rover or another luxury SUV, it could be an upmarket estate car parked on the gravel drive.

High on the list of desirable models is the supremely rapid Audi RS6 Avant, which combines a mighty 600hp engine with four-wheel drive for strong grip when accelerating and a massive boot - perfect for family skiing trips to the continent.

A brand new RS6 starts at over £90,000, before you start piling on any expensive options, and these are often 'specced' up to £120,000-or so. However, you can enjoy driving one for much less cash if you shop wisely for a used model.

For example, a 2016 example, which to a casual observer looks almost identical to the latest cars, could be yours for under £50,000 - or less than £700* per month on PCP finance with a typical £5,000 deposit. For that you get a rapid 3.9-second 0-62mph time, drop-dead gorgeous looks and a comfy, practical and luxurious machine to enjoy.

AUDI A6 AVANT BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mini Hatchback

Used deals from £6,200
Monthly finance from £127*

Rich people buy small cars too, whether as a family runabout or something for the kids to drive when they’ve passed their tests, and a Mini will be the model that often fits the bill.

The model has a classless appeal and a premium quality that appeals to people of every income group, and although there are regular updates to the Mini range, the basic retro-inspired design has become a familiar sight after years in production.

The timeless nature of the design means you can make the right sort of impression with a Mini that’s been well-maintained and looked after, even if it’s a few years old. That’s especially true of more expensive and sportier models and in particular the speedy Cooper S, which has a bit more appeal than the standard car on quite a few levels.

A new Cooper S starts at around £21,000 these days for the three-door model, but you can save a big chunk here on BuyaCar for a used example. Expect to pay around £15,000 for a two-year old version with low miles.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mercedes GLS

Used deals from £36,960
Monthly finance from £525*

If you’re looking for a statement SUV, then the flagship model from Mercedes-Benz is another top choice for looking wealthy. A new version was launched in 2020 but, true to form, the previous-generation GLS looks very similar and thus is good for presenting the ‘right impression’.

It’s vast for starters, while the showy three-pointed star adorning the radiator grille leaves other drivers in no doubt about what brand of car is bearing down in their rear view mirror. On board the GLS, you get seven seats as standard and more space than many studio flats offer, not to mention all the toys and gadgets you’d expect in a luxury flagship model.

You can save a chunk on the cost of the new model with a relatively new second-hand version. The list price of a new GLS starts from £83,000, but a previous-generation 2019 model with the 350d diesel engine and around 10,000 miles on the clock could be yours from around £42,000, and few people will notice the difference. Not bad for a 50% saving.

6. Porsche Cayenne

Used deals from £27,100
Monthly finance from £449*

Porsche created the concept of the truly sporty SUV when it launched the Cayenne all the way back in 2010. It not only looked the part with its swoopy sportscar like nose design, but a powerful petrol engine ensured performance was sufficient to warrant the use of the Porsche badge.

More impressive, perhaps, was the way that Porsche engineers managed to fettle the Cayenne’s suspension to provide a rewarding driving experience that made this big SUV feel more like a sports saloon. The Turbo model brought really extreme performance, and since its introduction the Cayenne in all forms has been a firm favourite with wealthy buyers.

While it has been upgraded and redesigned over the years, the Cayenne is another prestigious model where older models age gracefully. The cheapest new one today costs from £60,000 before any options are added, and for that you get a 340hp petrol engine that means that Cayenne can do 0-62mph in a quick 6.2 seconds.

If you're after maximum value on a used version, meanwhile, you can get yourself a punchy diesel model from around £32,000 or £500* per month with a deposit of just over £3,000. That's a lot of posh car for not much money.

PORSCHE CAYENNE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. BMW i8

Used deals Limited stock

The Tesla Model S could have represented the rich eco-warrior’s choice of luxury motor here, but we’ve opted for the BMW’s plug-in hybrid i8 instead, which allows you to travel short distances on electric power alone, if you charge it up, with the back up of a petrol engine for longer trips.

The exotic carbonfibre supercar with its front mounted electric motor and rear-mounted three-cylinder engine has officially ended production as of summer 2020, but cars are still listed on the BMW UK website costing from £115,000. That doesn’t seem too bad for a rare and exotic machine with supercar styling and performance to rival some of the fastest sports cars around.

Until you search for a BMW i8 here on BuyaCar, that is, and discover that you can park a five-year old example on your drive with around 20,000 miles on the clock for less than £45,000. That’s a much more sensible way to get a distinctive plug-in supercar if you ask us, as the i8 has been virtually unchanged since its launch - although the battery cell capacity increased in 2018 from 20 to 34Ah.

We’ve even seen a nearly new 2020 i8 for less than £75,000. With just 99 miles on the clock that looks like a stunning bargain, too, and a great way to look rich without bankrupting yourself getting a new model.

BMW I8 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Jaguar F-Type R

Used deals from £59,287
Monthly finance from £838*

The outrageously desirable Jaguar F-Type R is the hottest version of Jaguar’s latest sports car, and boasts startling performance from its mighty supercharged engine and all-wheel drive setup. It puts out a whopping 550hp which is enough to propel the F-Type R to 60mph in a mere 4.1 seconds, and on to a maximum speed of 186mph.

With drop-dead gorgeous looks and a luxurious leather-clad interior featuring all the toys, the F-Type R commands a steep price tag when new of almost £100,000. So naturally it appeals to drivers with plenty of spare cash, but even they might baulk at signing on the dotted line if they knew that low-mileage F-Type Rs start at comfortably less than £48,000.

Even 2018 examples with less than 10,000 miles covered are available for less than £55,000, which looks like an absolute steal to us, and brings the thrill of driving an F-Type R within reach of anyone with a monthly PCP budget of around £800* and a deposit of around £5,500.

JAGUAR F-TYPE 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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