Luxury car buyers have never had it so good – advances in technology and increased investment in premium models means modern luxury cars are able to offer not just a fabulously comfortable ride but also great body control and lots of advanced tech.
With that in mind, we’re listing the top 10 best luxury cars on sale in the UK today. They’re not all just luxury saloons either because SUVs and grand touring coupes can often be found on wealthy driveways.
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1. Mercedes S-Class
The Mercedes S-Class is the ultimate luxury car in many people’s eyes – sleekly styled with imposing dimensions, it immediately creates a sense of something special the moment you set eyes on it. Climb inside and you’re greeted with an interior that’s second-to-none in its class, with hi-tech and luxury features aplenty.
Arguably more impressive is how the Mercedes drives. It simultaneously cossets the occupants in a sea of smooth-riding leather, but isn’t at all intimidating to drive, despite its size and ample power. Prices have risen for the current generation car, but the popular diesel models still remain relatively attainable and are surprisingly cost-effective to run.
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2. BMW 7 Series
BMW’s 7 Series has always been hot on the tail of Mercedes’ S-Class, and offers a slightly more driver-focused luxury car experience. For a car of this size, it’s surprisingly fun to drive and yet still manages to retain a luxurious ride and refined road manners.
The BMW’s interior is similar to the brand’s other models, but the 7 Series brings a new version of the iDrive infotainment system – complete with a touchscreen and gesture controls. Brimming with technology and entertaining when it needs to be, this is a luxury car for those who enjoy driving themselves rather than being chauffeured.
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3. Range Rover
The Range Rover has long been an SUV-sized thorn in many luxury car’s sides. With a very spacious interior and luxurious materials, the Range Rover offers a unique luxury car experience thanks to its high-up seating and airy cabin.
There’s plenty of scope for customisation with the popular Autobiography trim and even a long wheelbase model for those who really like to stretch out. All this means the Range Rover has now outstripped many traditional luxury cars in terms of price, but few can match its prestige.
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4. Rolls Royce Ghost
The Rolls Royce Ghost is affectionately known as the ‘baby’ Rolls but, at over five metres long, it’s still one of the largest cars on UK roads by quite some margin. Those large exterior dimensions mean a comfortably sized interior, and there’s a long wheelbase variant for those who like to stretch out in the back.
Under the bonnet sits a 6.6-litre V12 engine that’s been twin-turbocharged to help get the Rolls Royce from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds. This much speed and luxury comes at a price, however, with £200,000 being the minimum it takes to buy one of these amazing machines.
5. Audi A8
Audi’s A8 flagship model has always been one of the more understated luxury car choices. The current version is no different, and offers subtler styling and arguably less road presence than some rivals. That said, step inside and you’re greeted with a beautifully constructed interior with plenty of gadgets to keep you occupied, especially the excellent MMI infotainment system.
Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard with the A8, helping to give a strong sense of grip to its driving experience – even if the Audi isn’t quite as exciting to drive as its BMW rival. However, if you’re looking for a luxury car that doesn’t draw too much attention, then the A8 might just be your best bet.
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6. Bentley Continental GT
A true luxury car doesn’t just have to be a saloon or a 4×4, and the Bentley Continental GT is proof of that. It might share its underpinnings with the Flying Spur saloon, but the GT is a properly plush piece of machinery, with a sublime interior and effortless cruising abilities.
With all-wheel drive and a choice of turbocharged W12 or V8 petrol engines, it’s also an impressive performance machine. The Bentley’s generous dimensions also allow four people to travel in reasonable comfort, with a good amount of luggage space, too.
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7. Jaguar XJ
Previous versions of the Jaguar XJ looked a little antiquated but, when the current car came along, it threw all that out the window with striking modern styling and a focus on fun driving dynamics. Several years on and those points still ring true – this is probably the best driving luxury car out there, and it still looks fresh.
In some areas the Jaguar is starting to show its age – its infotainment system is, despite a recent update, not as advanced as those from German rivals, but interior quality is still excellent. If you want to buy a British car and aren’t keen on the German offerings or the high-riding Range Rover, the XJ is still an excellent choice.
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8. Bentley Bentayga
The long-awaited Bentley Bentayga will jump right over the Range Rover to become the most expensive luxury 4×4 on sale. Based on the same platform as the Audi Q7, the Bentayga is a truly capable luxury car, that happens to offer excellent off-road abilities when required. In addition, it has the high riding driving position and rugged image that SUV buyers love.
Looks are subjective, but most experts tend to agree that the Bentley isn’t as cohesive to look at as its main rival and, with prices that are essentially double that of the basic Range Rover, the Bentayga may have a fierce battle on its hands, despite offering a true luxury car experience.
9. Maserati Quattroporte
Maserati is a company more associated with sports cars and grand tourers, but the Quattroporte has actually been around in various forms since the 1960s. Time has led to the Quattroporte evolving into a much more luxury-focused models than its predecessors, but it still offers the sleek looks and desirable badge that buyers in this market crave.
Although many UK buyers will opt for the diesel engine, the two available petrol engines have been developed by Ferrari – that gives these models some serious performance potential along with the pub-banter kudos. Refinement and build quality are a little behind some rivals, but those are missing the Maserati’s Italian spirit.
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10. Rolls Royce Phantom
If you’re after the ultimate in luxury and comfort at any price, the Rolls Royce Phantom is probably the car for you. Although the basic design is now over 10 years old, no other car has come close to offering such a decadent experience for passengers.
Of course all of this comes at a cost – both the £300,000+ price tag and sub-20mpg fuel economy rule out the Rolls Royce for the vast majority of buyers. But, if you can afford to buy and run it, you’ll appreciate the fastidious attention to detail and emphasis on silence and quality it offers.