Many times people confuse the word “luxury” with “expensive.” While the two certainly are related, this is by no means a list of the most expensive cars on the planet. That list would be populated by the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini Reventon, and Koenigsegg CCX.
This list is more about luxury and comfort than top speed and 0-60 times. But defining what makes a car “luxurious” is subjective and open for interpretation. Below are some of my choices, but you are more than welcome to add your own! Buckle in, because things are about to get unconventional:
Had it not been for a complete redesign, the XJ would not have made this list. It wouldn’t have even been close. The new XJ, though, is a truly exceptional car and, even, an exceptional value. Standard equipment includes items like a dual-pane moonroof, lane-departure warning, navigation, quad-zone climate control, and power sunshades. Why would anyone buy German instead?
Yes, it looks like a Hyundai. Trust me though, you won’t care when you get inside! Hand-finished materials create a distinctive and exclusive look, especially considering the carefully coordinated applications of piano lacquer and sporty carbon fiber. And that’s just what the driver sees! What about the rear seats? There are simply no words to do them justice.
In this case, the words “custom” and “luxury” are interchangeable. Every car built is a reflection of the owner, so much so that there isn’t even a standard features list. In fact, Bentley officials sought out the number of combinations available and determined that over a billion possibilities existed.
Regular readers know I have a thing for Astons that borders on disturbing. So bear with me. The DB9’s suggestively curvaceous figure and fine leather interior leads to the complete loss of all rational thought and releases a pure unadulterated desire. And that’s even before firing up its 6.0-liter V12. Ahhh….
This large Lexus proves one point very well: Some cars are fun to drive, while others are nice to drive. The LS is not fun to drive. Instead, it truly pampers its passengers with a luxurious environment and exceptionally quiet interior. It offers any electronic amenity you can think of, yet all controls are easy to use.
Yes, it failed in the U.S. on its first go-round, but word on the street is that VW’s luxe-bruiser will once again roam our parking lots. This handmade jewel may wear a VW badge, but it has the soul of a Bentley.
Truth be told, I was within moments of adding the Hyundai Genesis to this list. Blasphemous, I know, to put a Hyundai up with Bentley, Jaguar, etc., but the truth is the car offers much of the same technology, power, and safety as its closest competitors while undercutting them by about $10K. Saving money is certainly a luxury these days, but quality levels and workmanship in the Genesis just aren’t quite high enough yet.
Maybe the new Hyundai Equus will change all that.
What’s the most luxurious car you’ve ever driven?