Most luxurious cars

Fancy living a life of luxury - on a budget? Here are eight surprisingly affordable plush cars, from posh hatchbacks to luxurious saloons

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Nov 30, 2021

Everybody enjoys a touch of luxury from time to time. Maybe it’s a hotel room upgrade or travelling first class to a far-flung destination. It could be a pampered weekend at a spa resort or a luxury box of Belgian chocolates. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of ‘me time’.

Choose a luxury car and you could enjoy the VIP treatment whenever you’re behind the wheel. Comfortable heated seats, ambient lighting, supple suspension, a posh sound system, high-end materials and four-zone climate control are just some of the highlights you can expect to find in a luxury car.

Some cars feature double-glazed windows and extra sound insulation to cocoon you from the outside world, while others boast ventilated seats, massaging seats, or footrests for rear-seat passengers, so whichever seat you plan to sit in, there should be a car to suit your needs.

We’ve rounded up some of the most luxurious cars from eight different car types, that are all available second-hand for far less than you might expect. Enjoy the ride.

The most luxurious cars

1. Ford Fiesta Vignale

Most luxurious supermini

Used deals from £13,000
Monthly finance from £220*

Luxury doesn’t mean buying a car the size of a suite at the Dorchester hotel with a price tag to make a Russian oligarch reach for the calculator. Take the Ford Fiesta Vignale: a small but perfectly formed supermini.

It feels a class above the other models in the Fiesta range, especially if you opt for the swish Milano Grigio paint colour, unique to the Vignale range. The exterior is further enhanced by satin-aluminium accents, a bespoke Vignale grille and optional 18-inch polished alloy wheels.

Things get even better on the inside, where you’ll find quilted leather seats, an openable panoramic roof, heated seats and steering wheel, a B&O premium audio system, cruise control, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an eight-inch touchscreen media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes A-Class

Most luxurious hatchback

Used deals from £18,395
Monthly finance from £252*

There are plenty of family hatchbacks to choose from, but few feel as luxurious as the Mercedes A-Class, especially if you opt for one of the top trim levels. You can buy an early example of the current A-Class, introduced in 2018, for less than the price of a new Ford Fiesta.

You get plenty of equipment, even on the entry-level SE model. A seven-inch touchscreen media system, seven-inch digital instrument panel, air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and cruise control are just some of the highlights.

Many people choose to upgrade to the Sport model, and it’s not hard to see why. This model gets 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and dual-zone climate control, while the Sport Executive Edition adds a 10.3-inch media display, smartphone integration, 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows and parking sensors. Any A-Class model beyond this feels positively lavish.

MERCEDES A-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi Q3

Most luxurious crossover

Used deals from £15,000
Monthly finance from £262*

The Audi Q3 is one of the used car market’s best kept secrets. That’s not to say it isn’t popular; many people appreciate the Q3’s terrific blend of smart styling, excellent build quality and array of tech. It’s just that it offers better value for the money than the larger and more expensive Audi Q5.

Take the Q3’s boot, which is just 20 litres smaller than the Q5’s, despite the car being shorter, narrower and lower. You get the same prestigious badge on the front and the pick of the trim levels and options list, which is why Q3 is the, er, magic number.

Even the entry-level Technik versions feel classier than most of the Q3's rivals, but many drivers opt for the sporty-looking S line trim. Sitting at the top of the trim level tree is the luxurious Vorsprung edition, which features the likes of 20-inch alloy wheels, matrix LED headlights, twin leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof and Sonos premium audio system.

AUDI Q3 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo V90

Most luxurious estate

Used deals from £22,995
Monthly finance from £326*

How do you gauge a level of luxury? If you value comfort and ambience above all else, the Volvo V90 is the estate car for you. In a world of brash extravagance and shouty bling, the V90 whispers its elegance and class. We’ll stop now before this sounds like a sales brochure.

Being in a V90 is as relaxing as taking a hot bath while listening to dolphin and whale music. The seats are comfortable enough to soothe away the pain of the most arduous journey, while the materials chosen to line the interior wouldn’t look out of place in a property programme.

All versions feel luxurious, but you should opt for the Inscription trim for the ultimate indulgence. Highlights include soft and sumptuous leather, luxury floor mats, integrated sun curtains for the rear doors, illuminated treadplates, enhanced footwell lighting and a crystal clear gear lever.

VOLVO V90 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Range Rover

Most luxurious SUV

Used deals from £42,990
Monthly finance from £648*

Often imitated, rarely bettered, the Range Rover is the ultimate luxury SUV short of splashing out on a Bentley Bentayga or Rolls-Royce Cullinan. It doesn’t matter if you’re fording a stream, climbing a mountain or battling other parents on the school run, a Range Rover will still feel luxurious.

Naturally, it’s not cheap; a new Range Rover costs at least £83,000, but that’s before you explore the options catalogue. Fear not, because BuyaCar prices start from around £40,000, so you can live the luxury dream for the price of a family SUV.

The ride remains supple, on or off-road, while the sound insulation works to deliver one of the quietest places this side of a public library. This is before you discover the commanding driving position, high-end materials and array of tech included.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

6. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

Most luxurious people carrier

Used deals from £11,800
Monthly finance from £222*

People carriers, also known as MPVs, aren’t known for their level of luxury. Remnants of Happy Meals, boiled sweet wrappers, sticky fingers and crayons aren’t the kind of things you’d associate with plush materials and luxurious fittings.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the exception to the rule. Not only is it more luxurious than other people carriers, it’s also as good to drive as a BMW saloon, which is handy on a country road or when driving in town.

All except the entry-level model get leather seats, while sat-nav is standard across the range. You also get the full quota of seven seats, plus a large boot when the rearmost seats aren’t in use.

BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen Amarok

Most luxurious pickup

Used deals from £17,995
Monthly finance from £423*

A pick-up...luxurious? This slick modern double cab pickup feels more like an SUV than a commercial vehicle, so it’s the ideal truck for you if you intend to mix business with pleasure. You even get a touch of luxury thrown in for good measure.

Power is sourced from a smooth and powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine, with an eight-speed automatic transmission on hand to deliver seamless gear changes. Four-wheel-drive comes as standard for when the going gets tough, too.

Inside, the Amarok feels more like a premium SUV than a pick-up. This is especially true if you opt for the Highline model, which features heated leather seats, smart 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and an array of cosmetic upgrades.

VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Mercedes S-Class

Most luxurious saloon

Used deals from £26,980
Monthly finance from £492*

Not only is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class one of the most luxurious saloons in the world, it’s also one of the best cars on the planet. When a new S-Class is launched, it normally represents the pinnacle of build quality and technology at the time.

This level of luxury doesn’t come cheap; a Mercedes dealer will request £80,000 before you explore the trim levels and options list. So it might surprise you to discover that a 2016 S-Class could be yours for the price of a new Ford Focus.

Most owners tend to be chauffeured around in supreme comfort, but you’ll be able to experience the car from the front seat. A hushed cabin, super-soft suspension and a general sense of calm are the highlights of this luxurious saloon.

MERCEDES S-CLASS 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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