1. AUDI A6
The Audi A6 ranks high among critics in the luxury car class, and it’s no secret why. Three engines are available for the A6, suiting whatever you’re looking for. The base engine, a 252 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, gets the best gas mileage out of the three.
A supercharged V-6 delivering 333 horsepower offers raw power, while a diesel V-6 producing 240 horsepower rounds out the bunch. All are available with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. The interior is comfortable and wrapped in leather, and the perfectly tuned suspension cushions all road imperfections, giving you a smooth ride. The A6 does everything right, leaving you with a great car for any occasion.
2. MERCEDES-BENZ S63 AMG
When you want unbridled power and sumptuous luxury, the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is where you turn to. With a 577 horsepower twin-turbo V-8 under the hood, the S63 roars down the street. The all-wheel drive keeps the vehicle planted on the pavement, whether you’re going straight or making hard turns. You won’t feel any bumps or dips in the road while driving this beast. The suspension is perfectly tuned to absorb anything the road can throw at it, save for seriously deep potholes. The interior is awash with leather and carbon fiber, making anyone sitting inside feel like royalty. The only downside to this chariot of the gods is the gas mileage. With a dismal EPA rating of 13 city and 20 highway, you’re going to be at the pump often if you drive a lot. Once you get back in the car and start driving after filling up, you’ll feel a whole lot better.
3. BMW 7 SERIES
BMW is known for making luxury vehicles, and of them all the 7 Series is the best. Two engine choices are available for the 7 Series. A turbocharged inline-six that produces 320 horsepower, and a twin-turbo V-8 that makes 445 horsepower. The six-cylinder gets better gas mileage at 23 city and 31 highway, but the V-8 is much faster. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard for both models, and all-wheel drive is an optional upgrade. The interior is where the 7 Series shines brightest. With the Luxury Rear Seating package the 7 Series gains heated and ventilated seats in the back, as well as heated armrests, an eight-program massage function, and a removable 7.0 inch samsung tablet that allows rear passengers to control the iDrive functions. Without the added package the rear seat passengers still have entertainment screens mounted in the back of the front seats to occupy them.
4. CADILLAC XTS
The Cadillac XTS features a 305 horsepower V-6 and front or all-wheel drive. The engine can be upgraded to the Vsport model, which features a 410 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 should you desire more power. The bigger engine makes overtaking other cars a breeze, and has the potential to accidentally hit triple digits if you aren’t careful. The interior is comfortable and roomy, with leather seats and an upscale dash. The back seats have ample leg room, so much so that you might want to have someone drive you, so you can relax in the lap of luxury. When you are driving, the fine tuned suspension will mask any road imperfections, giving you the impression you are gliding across the ground.
5. JAGUAR XJ
The Jaguar XJ is unconventional compared to other luxury sedans when it comes to style. The XJ’s exterior has the appearance of a high end muscle car, with aggressive body lines and sporty stance. Whether powered by the standard supercharged 340 horsepower V-6, or the optional supercharged 470 horsepower V-8, the XJ has more than enough power under the hood. Rear wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive as an option. The interior features supple leather seats, leather wrapped panels, gorgeous wood accents, and a high quality infotainment system. The suspension handles anything the road can throw at it, giving the driver a nice cushy ride, but can also handle aggressive driving without batting an eye. The Jaguar XJ is a sports car when you want it, and a luxury car when you need it.
6. KIA K900
Kia isn’t exactly known for producing luxury vehicles, but they hit the mark with the K900. Under the hood, the K900 houses a 420 horsepower V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. The engine has exceptional acceleration, making passing simple when needed. Leather seats and fancy dash accents and found inside the K900, making the driver comfortable while cruising along. The spacious interior also makes the K900 ideal for long trips, as even with 4 passengers there is no feeling of being cramped. The suspension performs well, with a little bit of body roll detected when cornering, but the shocks dampen any bumps in the road. Considering Kia’s past as a budget car manufacturer, the K900 is a great step in the right direction.
7. INFINITI Q70
The Infiniti Q70 offers a voluptuous interior, beautiful styling, and multiple engine choices. A 330 horsepower 3.7 liter V-6 is the least expensive of the bunch. The 420 horsepower 5.6 liter V-8 offers ample speed for drivers who want to rip around town, and a hybrid model pairs a 3.5 liter V-6 with an electric motor for 360 horsepower. Rear wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic is the standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. The interior has leather as far as the eye can see, attractive wood trim, and ample legroom to stretch out on long trips. The suspension makes the ride as smooth as glass, and no body roll is felt on sharp curves.
8. LEXUS LS
When you mix European luxury and Japanese reliability, you get the Lexus LS. The LS460 comes equipped with a 386 horsepower V-8, while the pricier hybrid LS600h gets an electric motor added to the mix, boosting it to 438 horsepower. Rear wheel drive is the standard, with all-wheel drive an optional addition. Lexus also offer an LS F Sport, which has an upgraded suspension geared towards the sport car crowd, but the motor remains the standard LS460 motor. Heated leather seats cushion the driver and passengers as the LS cruises along, and the trim is appealing, though plain looking compared to other high end luxury vehicles. The suspension does its job perfectly, giving the occupants no indication that they are driving on anything other than a smooth road. The Lexus LS is sure to impress wherever it goes.
9. ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST SERIES II
If money isn’t a problem, and you want to feel like a pampered king, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II might be the car for you. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 good for 563 hp paired to a satellite-aided gearbox, which uses GPS data to read the roadscape ahead of you, anticipate your driving needs, and shift the transmission accordingly. This bad boy is a few steps away from driving you itself. Built to be a luxury car, the Ghost Series II has a firm, finely tuned suspension, with dynamic dampers. This gives a comfortable ride, as long as you don’t drive too aggressively, as the 5600 pound vehicle isn’t meant to take corners too hard. The interior has supple leather seats and stylish wood veneers, giving it a classy look.
10. BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
According to Bentley, the Flying Spur is their entry level sedan. Only in the land of the wealthy would a $200,000 car be considered “entry level.” Under the hood this baby has a 500 horsepower twin-turbo V-8, and an optional 616 horsepower twin-turbo W-12 is also available if you need more speed. Both engine setups offer an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The interior features handsewn leather seats to relax on while cruising down the street. The air suspension offers four levels of damping, with even the softest setting keeping the body under control on rough roads. The Flying Spur is certainly one of the quicker luxury sedans, reaching 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and having a top speed of 183 mph. The engine also uses a cylinder shutdown feature to turn itself into a V-4 under casual driving, although considering the price of the car, gas prices won’t be an issue to any owners of this vehicle.