These cars all deliver peak luxury in cosseting comfort
If you’re seeking sumptuous comfort and impeccable refinement, only a luxury car will do. They’re big and comfortable, swift yet efficient, and have the most glittering hauls of standard equipment in the automotive world.
And as they’re pinnacle motors, many brands want to have a range-topper they can be proud of. This means Rolls-Royce is a contender, but so is Audi; Mercedes-Benz has several options, but BMW and Porsche also offer sporting takes. To help you pick, here’s our guide to 10 of the best.
10. Rolls-Royce Ghost
OK, it’s not cheap, but it is the Rolls-Royce of luxury cars… and a relatively affordable one at that, judging by the standards of the rest of the range. From £225,000 gets you a powerful V12 engine, an interior that’s impeccably finished and supreme levels of comfort for driver and passengers alike.
Best buy: EWB
The stylish CLS is a Mercedes-Benz luxury car given a swoopy four-door coupe makeover. It’s fairly sporty to drive, and still very comfortable, although the infotainment system lets the side down as it’s dated and confusing to use.
Best buy: 350d AMG Line
8. BMW 7 Series
BMW’s latest range-topper is a very advanced thing indeed, with an amazing haul of gadgetry that includes remote control parking – yes, you can stand outside and drive it into your garage. BMW hasn’t forgotten the fundamentals of a luxury car though, with the 7 serving up a comfortable ride and an engaging drive.
Best buy: 730d SE
7. Audi A6
The Audi A6 is a luxury car with price on its side – that’s how it’s able to better the big BMW 7 Series. It has classy status and a top-notch interior, and while it’s getting on a bit these days, Audi compensates for that by loading the cars with equipment. The 2.0-litre TDI engine is tax-efficient as well.
Best buy: 2.0 TDI Ultra
6. Volvo S90
With the latest S90, Volvo is suddenly a real contender in the luxury car class. It majors on comfort, with a refined ride more important than agile handling, while the interior is genuinely gorgeous with loads of classy Swedish style. Good value, too.
Best buy: D4 Momentum
5. Jaguar XF
For the luxury car buyer who really enjoys driving, the Jaguar is a fine choice. It’s a real star behind the wheel, and Jaguar successfully blends this with exemplary long-distance comfort. The Portfolio trim we’ve picked here is well-stocked too, including a reversing camera and keyless entry.
Best buy: 2.0d 180 Prestige
4. Porsche Panamera
A Porsche luxury car? You’d better believe it – and not only that, the Panamera is a really capable contender too, with lots of space for four people and loads of high-mileage comfort. Naturally, it’s fast and fun to drive, even in relatively efficient diesel guise.
Best buy: Diesel
The E-Class is a top-notch all-rounder, which Mercedes-Benz has taken to the top of its game with this latest version. It’s another tech-packed model, one that’s roomy and comfortable, while the 220 d diesel engine blends decent pulling power with excellent economy and low emissions.
Best buy: 220 d SE
A luxury car leader for decades, it’s easy to see the appeal of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. No matter whether you’re driving or being driven, it’s a brilliant all-rounder, proving the equal of cars such as the Rolls-Royce Ghost but for a third of the price. Some call it the best car in the world and it’s easy to see why.
Best buy: 350 d L SE Line
1. BMW 5 Series
The latest BMW 5 Series is already a multiple luxury car awards winner. It’s an incredibly accomplished model with a fantastic array of talents – some reckon it’s even better than the bigger, pricier 7 Series, which really does say it all. Like all proper BMWs, it’s a gem to drive, too: it’s almost impossible to fault the latest 5.
Best buy: 520d SE
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