1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Few cars can rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in comfort and refinement, with its ultra-quiet cabin and effortless thrust regardless of whether powered by a base turbo inline-six engine or an uplevel V8.
The 2023 S-Class also benefits from an advanced rear-wheel steering system capable of turning back wheels at up to 10-degree angles for improved maneuverability in tight city streets. A version with four steerable rear wheels cuts its turning radius by 7 feet.
Executives who frequently utilize the back seat can add a Maybach trim for features similar to those found in a Rolls-Royce Phantom. The flagship sedan seats five in an expansive cabin and provides best-in-class safety tech; you may even opt for its plug-in hybrid electric variant – S 580e. Despite its five-figure price tag, the S-Class should be on your radar if within your budget.
2. Audi A8
Audi’s flagship luxury sedan, the Audi A8 L, remains one of the most desired large cars available today. Available as both a standard car or stretched long wheelbase variant, with options including fuel-efficient diesel, petrol, and an innovative plug-in hybrid (A8 PHEV).
Although it doesn’t handle as sharply in turns, Audi’s A8 remains one of the smoothest-riding saloons ever. Additionally, its technology is impressive: there’s a central touchscreen running MMI infotainment and another screen for climate control and other functions.
Audi has packed plenty of accident avoidance technology into its A8, including parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warnings. Unfortunately, its dual-screen layout can be distracting and become dirty with daily usage.
3. BMW X5
The BMW X5 is one of the most beloved luxury SUVs around – and for good reason. Driving on twisty country roads is speedy, spacious, and thrilling.
Its main competitors – Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7 – skew more towards comfort. Still, BMW’s X5 stands out with its sporty characteristics and plug-in hybrid option that can travel over 50 miles on electricity alone, making short urban runs possible without fuel!
The BMW X5 comes well-equipped, featuring an easy-to-use infotainment system with an elegant digital display and sleek digital menus. You can customize its features according to your taste; for instance, upgrading with 20 speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio upgrades is optional. Plus, it scored five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings!
4. BMW X6
The BMW X6 is an iconic sports SUV coupe, combining high-sitting all-weather capability with sporty lines in a four-door SUV body. While some see its design as perfectly encapsulating sports SUV style, others see it as an excessive waste of resources and unnecessary excesses.
The latest generation of the BMW X6 has been refined and upgraded, making it less cumbersome, agile, and fuel-efficient. It boasts one of the highest top speeds among its peers at 186mph.
The 2024 BMW X6 offers sophisticated driver assistance technology to ensure your safety on the road. Standard features such as blind spot detection and lane departure warning come standard. With its new iDrive system featuring a 12.3-inch center display and BMW Live Cockpit Professional connectivity services available for every rider, staying connected has never been more straightforward!
5. Audi Q7
Audi’s Q7 stands out among large seven-seat SUVs as one of the more sophisticated, high-tech, and enjoyable to drive vehicles in its class. Boasting plenty of power and agility thanks to four-wheel steering, its premium interior boasts stunning features packed into it for optimal driving experiences.
Environmentalists won’t approve, however – even the diesel Q7 only manages 23mpg on official tests. At one time, there was even an all-electric version called 55 TFSIe, but that has since been discontinued from their range.
The 2023 Audi Q7 offers seating for seven, legendary quattro all-wheel drive, powerful engine options, and benchmark connectivity. Safety-wise, this vehicle boasts advanced driver assistance technology and a rearview camera – discover all it offers when you visit Audi Devon to test drive one today.
6. Porsche Cayenne
Porsche’s largest SUV, the Cayenne, is an exhilarating, comfortable, and all-around vehicle. Exceptionally agile on twisty country roads while competent off-road thanks to an advanced four-wheel drive system.
The Cayenne, known internally as 9Y0, is built on VW/Audi’s MLBevo platform used in other Audi SUVs. It has various powertrain options, including a plug-in hybrid with exceptional fuel economy.
V6 turbo and V8 petrol Cayenne Turbo GTs deliver strong acceleration, offering incredible zero to 60 mph acceleration times of just 3.1 seconds. Each version boasts a sleek interior design and tech features like the 12.3-inch infotainment screen that responds quickly to inputs and customizable interior color schemes such as my test car’s night green and brass Neodyne motif interior decor.
7. Porsche Panamera
If you have outgrown your two-door Porsche 911 and require something more practical, the Porsche Panamera could be what you’re looking for. Offering sports car performance while providing enough room for four (plus luggage). Available both as saloon and shooting brake models.
The fastest models can reach 62mph in less than five seconds and offer enough grip to put many supercars to shame. Furthermore, there are hybrid options to improve fuel economy on long motorway journeys.
The Panamera’s interior is comfortable and stylish, with high-tech features like 14 or 18-way power-adjustable seats and premium sound systems from Burmester or BOSE available as options. Rearview cameras and safety tech come standard across models; however, note that Porsche does not fare particularly well in reliability surveys – therefore, taking this risk may be worthwhile.
8. Jaguar XJ
The Jaguar XJ is an elegant nod to luxury sedans of days gone by, combining distinguished looks with supercharged power for maximum impact. As a full-size sedan with room for five occupants, its distinct profiles and classic proportions set it apart from competitors in its class.
The Jaguar XJ can be had either with a V6 engine or the more potent V8. Though its 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds may seem slow, its agility makes this car seem much quicker than expected.
The Jaguar features a long, sleek body reminiscent of British luxury sedans with chrome details and luxurious leather upholstery. Depending on the trim level you select, additional creature comforts such as air-conditioning, rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring/cross-traffic alerts/adaptive cruise control/forward collision warnings/lane departure warnings with active lane control may also be provided as standard features.
9. Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type features a sleek exterior design and powerful engine options that will turn heads on the road. Inside is also spacious enough to seat passengers or haul cargo comfortably. Read on to discover more about this exquisite sports car!
The standard model is rear-wheel drive and utilizes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers quick acceleration with decent fuel economy; however, its acceleration falls short of some hard-core sports car rivals.
For those wanting a bit of extra power, the F-Type R is available. This model boasts a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 567 horsepower that allows it to hit 60mph in just 3.5 seconds – enough to give a car its impressive acceleration! Furthermore, the all-wheel drive helps control its powerful engines.
The F-Type offers many standard features, such as its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Meridian stereo system, and sports exhaust. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature rear seats.
10. Porsche Cayman
The Porsche Cayman is the ultimate sports car for drivers who prioritize excellent driving dynamics above all else. Featuring mid-engine layout, telepathic steering and perfectly tuned suspension systems, its mid-engine layout, telepathic steering, and masterfully tuned suspension make it one of the most precise vehicles you can buy today – outdriving similarly priced rivals such as the Audi TT RS, Jaguar F-Type, and Toyota GR Supra when driven hard on racetrack.
Though only designed as a two-seater, the Cayman is surprisingly spacious inside. Its front seats are power-adjustable for optimal adjustability, while its back seating offers surprising room. For added practicality and less exhilarating four-cylinder performance, choose the GTS model, which uses the same engine found in GT4 RS but boasts a more refined four-cylinder sound – still exciting but much easier for everyday use!