Best Luxury Cars 2024

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Best luxury cars 2024

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The best luxury cars are the best of the best, offering a smooth, comfortable ride balanced with keen performance.

If you’re in the market for something exceptionally fancy without stretching to a Rolls Royce or Bentley, you’ve come to the right place.

Chances are, you’re more likely to be driven around in one of the following ten models than you are to be driving it - but we’ve picked some impressive options to suit all needs. On top of refinement, space, comfort and tech - these luxury cars will get you from A to B in the most stylish way possible.

While traditionally a luxury car was a big saloon, that definition has stretched somewhat, with a lot of large SUVs counting as luxury cars, while some of the best electric cars certainly count at luxurious. 

It goes without say that the best luxury cars can often be big and heavy, which often means high running costs. That doesn't have to be the case. Luxury car brands are now producing stunning hybrid cars that can see day-to-day running costs reduced thanks to their more efficient hybrid engines that use both petrol and electric power.

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Best luxury cars 2024

  1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  2. Audi A8
  3. Volvo S90
  4. BMW X5
  5. Audi Q7
  6. Porsche Macan
  7. Range Rover
  8. BMW i7
  9. Maserati Levante
  10. Jaguar I-Pace

1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Year launched: 2020

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review 2023 dynamic moving
10/10

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a range of fuel-efficient engines and lower carbon-dioxide emissions than competitors helps make it a steadfast choice for high-mileage drivers who want to travel in something more upmarket. The plug-in hybrid option also makes Mercedes-Benz offering more appealing to money-conscious drivers.

Inside, every S-Class offers masses of space for four or five passengers, depending on which seating configuration you prefer. Every S-Class also gets Magic Body Control - which scans the road ahead for bumps and potholes to adjust the suspension.

There’s plenty of other tech inside, including a large widescreen infotainment set-up as standard. Some might find its approach misses the drama of a Maserati or heft of a Bentley, but the S-Class earns its accolades through being a relentlessly good all-rounder.

2. Audi A8

Year launched: 2017

Audi A8 Review 2023: Driving Front
9/10

The latest Audi A8 is big, comfy and packed with technology. It had major plans to topple the class-leading Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and that’s precisely what it did. Well almost.

The Audi A8 prevents potholes and exterior noises from ruining the calm for those inside the car. It’s by far one of the smoothest riding luxury cars. It’s so refined that it makes up for the fact that the Audi doesn’t handle so well as rivals.

The engines are smooth and powerful, the efficiency figures look good, especially on the clever plug-in hybrid version, while all the other ownership costs stack up well, too. It’s more sensible than the Range Rover Velar and is packed with technology - making it the one to beat in many ways.

3. Volvo S90

Year launched: 2016

Volvo S90 Review 2023 Front Side View
9/10

With a genuine sense of luxury inside, a beautifully smooth ride and an excellent engine, the Volvo S90 is one impressive premium saloon that offers a genuine alternative to the usual four-door suspects.

The quality of the finish and features like the huge touchscreen make this feel like a different breed of car to the rivalling BMW 7 Series. As it’s a Volvo, there’s also a huge range of safety kit fitted - including a semi-autonomous driving system. This matches the speed of the car ahead, keeps you in lane and will even slow to a complete stop before accelerating back up to the selected speed, all without you doing anything.

The S90 commands a steep price, and it isn’t as adept at being thrown into corners as a BMW or Porsche might be - but for many, the S90’s relaxing ride will be all the draw you need to put your money into one.

4. BMW X5

Year launched: 2018

BMW X5 PHEV
9/10

The premium BMW X5 SUV offers the space and practicality that families require, while also appealing to buyers who want luxury and an engaging driving experience to boot. It’s an impressive feat, and one that makes the X5 an excellent option.

Inside, there’s no shortage of luxury and connectivity - including various driver assistance systems and autonomous tech. It can look cluttered, especially compared directly with the Audi Q7 or A8 - which keep everything simple and easy to use. But it comes out on top when it comes to the sporty handling.

Most versions of the X5 come equipped with air suspension, with different driving modes to tailor the ride to suit what type of driving you're doing. It's brilliantly judged too - soft and cosseting in Comfort mode, it'll glide over bumps and potholes, almost totally isolating you and any passengers on board from the road's surface. For such a large car it feels very agile.

5. Audi Q7

Year launched: 2015

Audi Q7 Review 2023: Driving Front
9/10

The Audi Q7 is a brilliant SUV, offering generous amounts of room around each of its seven seats. When it comes to driving, Audi’s big SUV is also comfortable and quiet - making it the ideal family car for those who want a life of luxury on the go.

The best Q7s ride on air suspension so check it has this fitted if you’re buying used. Another thing worth noting is that the interior quality will depend massively on what year Q7 you’re looking at. Early versions of this generation of car had conventional knobs and buttons, while an infotainment screen popped up electrically out of the top of the dash. Post-2019, you get an additional infotainment screen that replaces those buttons and looks very cool - but the system is harder to use than the previous offering.

As for refinement, you hear very little in the way of road and wind noise even at high speeds. The engines are smooth and you get a lot of space with the Q7, too - which is also more versatile than competing saloons. For an everyday luxury car, Audi’s biggest Q model is hard to beat.

6. Porsche Macan

Year launched:2014

Porsche Macan Review 2023 Left Side View
9/10

The Porsche Macan: It’s pretty. It’s sporty. It’s a Porsche, after all. And a big one at that. If you have the money to afford one, it’s also very close to being flawless. On the move, the Macan is nothing short of sublime - with tonnes of grip and wonderful balance from a rear-driven 4WD system

What’s more the ride is comfortable enough for family car duties, and refinement is good enough to make long stints at the wheel an absolute pleasure. All the engines punch hard, with more and more punch as you progress up the range, so performance levels are easily worthy of the Porsche badge.

The Macan might be one of Porsche’s most affordable models, but it doesn’t feel like a poor relation, with a wonderfully high-quality interior. However, priced against considerably roomier rivals, you’ll be spending much more for a less practical and less well-equipped, model. For example, automatic emergency braking isn’t provided as standard, which defies belief at this money.

7. Range Rover

Year launched: 2022

Range Rover Review 2024: off-road
8/10

We dubbed the new Range Rover “the ultimate luxury SUV” in our review, which makes it pretty clear that its inclusion in this list is a must. There’s the fabulous interior, an expanse of space for people and luggage, and it’s wonderful to drive.

And while the Range Rover oozes luxury, it’s also extremely capable off-road with a plethora of clever tech and systems to help you tackle almost any terrain, and it does it better than any of its rivals. That’s quite the combination.

There’s a range of mild hybrid motors too, plus plug-in hybrid versions and there’s even a fully electric Range Rover on the horizon, giving you plenty of choice and hopefully better efficiency than previous generations. Big, luxury SUVs don't get better than the Range Rover.

8. BMW i7

Year launched: 2022

BMW i7 Review 2024: Dynamic driving
8/10

BMW has taken the 7 Series into the electric era, and it’s done it in style with the BMW i7 with a high-luxury, high-tech machine.

Rear seat passengers are afforded vasts amount of spaces, and you can opt for a rear seat which reclines almost fully flat, plus the i7 is offered with BMW’s gigantic 31.3-inch 8K ‘Theatre Screen’ which folds down from the roof allowing those in the back to take in a movie.

There’s plenty of party tricks and clever tech throughout the i7, but BMW hasn’t taken its foot off the gas when it comes to performance. It’s quiet and comfortable, but handles impressively for a large barge and even the entry-level model offers 455PS and can do 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds. Opt for the top-spec M car and it’ll pump out 659PS which gets you to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Range is good too, with an official figure of 387 miles for the Excellence trim, which will likely translate to a solid 320 miles on a single charge in the real world - that's London to Newcastle without needing a top-up.

9. Maserati Levante

Year launched: 2016

Maserati Levante Review 2023: frontright exterior
8/10

The Maserati’s Ferrari-lite reputation precedes it, so the Maserati Levante - which is the brand’s first big, posh SUV - has always been extremely desirable. Much more so than a more commonly seen Audi or BMW, anyway. The best update since the 2016 launch was the 3.0-litre V6 base petrol with 350PS in 2019. If you’re planning to get one, get that one. Seriously.

Being a Maserati, it handles superbly well and - despite some gripes - it has a charm that few other luxury options even come close to.  The Levante is a car you buy because you like the idea of a big, spacious Maserati - as close as you can come to a Ferrari SUV, if you like.

Porsche SUVs drive better, Land Rover’s products are more comfortable and, we’re almost sad to say, an Audi Q7 or Audi Q8 simply does everything better than this. But this is something you choose with your heart rather than your head.

10. Jaguar I-Pace

Year launched: 2018

Jaguar I-Pace Review 2023 front left exterior
8/10

Few could have predicted a big, electric SUV being as popular as it would become - but the Jaguar I-Pace beat everyone to the punch. It isn’t something you’ll see more than one or two of on a long drive, mostly because of a price tag that would make a fair few buyers gulp - but it injects some cool into the electric car class - and is one of the quietest, smoothest luxury cars going.

The I-Pace is without doubt one of the most enjoyable cars of its type to drive, too. It handles sharply, steers sweetly, and although it never quite shakes off its considerable weight, it’s still great fun to thread around your favourite country road. Oh, and it’s also blisteringly quick with 400PS available.

The build quality can’t match the best-in-class, but it gets lots of luxury kit as standard, meanwhile and it’s well stocked on the safety front. Importantly, the I-Pace also has an impressively long range, so if you’re after a family EV (and you’ve got a few quid to spend), the I-Pace is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Best Luxury Car FAQs

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Luxury cars used to be mostly fancy large saloons, but these days, performance cars and electric models also make a very smart case for themselves due to their quietness, premium interiors and engaging drive.

Big names like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all vie for top spot in this list, but truth be told, most of the contenders are very highly rated. In fact, you can’t really go wrong with any of the choices.

Most of the cars in this list range from £60,000 - £70,000 new, with some venturing into £100,000+ territory. However, these cars depreciate quickly. A 12-year-old Audi A8, for example, will cost around £12,000 with less than 60,000 miles on the clock. Newer used examples that haven’t had a hard life as a limo can be found for around £20,000.

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