Best cars for looking rich

Stand out from the crowd with these posh-looking cars that make you look rich for less than you might think

Chris Rosamond
Feb 7, 2022

The cost of cars is creeping up, and it's not uncommon to spend more than £70,000 on top-of-the-range models from household names like Audi, BMW and Mercedes. With the cost of petrol, diesel and electricity following that upward trend, running a car can prove expensive.

Fortunately, you don't need to spend a fortune to drive a posh-looking car and there are plenty of options to choose from. Buying used is the best way to look rich on a budget, because a new car typically loses the most value in the first year.

Buying a luxury car that's a couple of years old could potentially save you tens of thousands, and it could still look fresh for years to come with manufacturers typically updating their cars every seven or so years. Even a nearly new or pre-registered car can offer a healthy saving over a brand-new equivalent.

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 £63,990
Monthly finance from £1,054*

James Bond's supercar of choice, 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 a fraction of its initial purchase price. Most people will never notice that you're driving an older model - especially if you get an inexpensive private number plate, so the age of the car isn't obvious.

The fabulous four-door Rapide is the height of luxurious family motoring with its sophisticated leather interior, glamorous aluminium curves and mighty V12 engine. If you're after a sportier ride, a DB11 or a Vantage could fit the bill, though don't expect the last word in fuel economy.

2. Range Rover

Used deals from £48,490
Monthly finance from £703*

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. A range-topping V8-powered model could cost well in excess of £150,000, but a used model could cost half that.

Diesel models should help cut the running costs, while a plug-in hybrid model makes a lot of sense for those able to plug in regularly. There's little need to upgrade to a more expensive trim level with even the cheapest models coming lavishly equipped with leather seats, cruise control, climate control and sat-nav.

Remember to put a little aside for servicing and maintenance; tyres can be particularly expensive as SUVs tend to wear through their tyres quite quickly. The fact that the Range Rover's wheels are rather large adds to the cost.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi RS6 Avant

Used deals from £50,500
Monthly finance from £684*

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.

The latest version was introduced in 2020 and costs around £100,000. It looks more aggressive than the previous-generation model, though both versions get blistering performance to rival many supercars.

AUDI A6 AVANT BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mini Hatchback

Used deals from £8,549
Monthly finance from £159*

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.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mercedes GLS

Used deals from £38,400
Monthly finance from £650*

If you’re looking for a statement SUV, then the flagship model from Mercedes 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 rearview mirror. Onboard 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.

While the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is quick, it's far from efficient. The six-cylinder diesel models are better suited to the car's heavy weight, and they aren't slow either.

6. Porsche Cayenne

Used deals from £32,802
Monthly finance from £544*

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 front end, 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.

Drivers looking to cut their running costs could consider a hybrid model, while those looking to make a lasting impression may want to shortlist the Cayenne Coupe with its sleek sloping roofline.

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 carbon fibre supercar with its front-mounted electric motor and rear-mounted three-cylinder engine was discontinued in 2020, so finding a used bargain shouldn't be a problem.

Don't be put off by the small 1.5-litre engine that the i8 uses, though. The electric assistance from its additional motor means 0-62mph happens in 4.4 seconds.

BMW I8 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Jaguar F-Type R

Used deals from £34,390
Monthly finance from £516*

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 four-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 around £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 around half that.

Super-quick SVR models are worth checking out for ultimate performance, but if efficiency is your game there are 2.0-litre engines to choose from, too.

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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