The 6 Most Luxurious Cars on the Planet

2011 Jaguar XJL

2011 Jaguar XJL

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:

Jaguar XJ L

2011 Jaguar XJ L

2011 Jaguar XJ L

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?

Maybach 57 S

Maybach 57 S

Pure heaven: Maybach 57 S back seats

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.

Bentley Mulsanne

2010 Bentley Mulsanne

2010 Bentley Mulsanne

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.

Aston Martin DB9

2009 Aston Martin DB9

2009 Aston Martin DB9

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….

Lexus LS 460 L

2010 Lexus LS 460

2010 Lexus LS 460 L

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.

Volkswagen Phaeton

2010 Volkswagen Phaeton

2010 Volkswagen Phaeton

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?

-tgriffith

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7 Comments

  1. Jimmy,
    Maybach and their 62 offers a $30,000 option for a divider as well.

  2. hello guys
    where is the rolles royce line up they definantly blow past a volkswagen or lexus. by the way rolles royce is the only car in the world that is polished more than one hour and the only car that comes with a devider so your choufer doesn’t have to hear all of your conversations
    P.S. dude you don’t even know

  3. Brian from Media Needle here! I’d have to agree with the Car Guru’s suggestion about the Hyundai Equus potentially changing our opinions of luxury cars.

    Have you seen it? Check out the link below. It’s a video comparing the Hyundai Equus to the Bentley Mulsanne. You might be pleasantly surprised =)

    http://bit.ly/gUnazy

  4. The most luxurious car I’ve ever driven? I’d have to say that would be my 2001 Buick Century, but that includes a custom sound system that I installed myself. The most luxurious car I’ve ever been in is my grandpa’s 1998 Cadillac DeVille

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