Last year, you had to drop triple digits on a new car battery when your ancient sedan wouldn’t start. In January, when the spark plugs started to give out, you reluctantly opened your wallet again. And, just yesterday, you dealt with the mess of getting a flat tire on your way home from work. You’re trying to squeeze another 10,000 miles out of your car, but as you already know, certain cars are expensive to maintain as they get older — and it’s not the right time for you to be in the market for a new car.
Still, you’re allowed to fantasize about the newest Mercedes-Benz G-Class or drop your jaw at the rare sighting of a Lamborghini Urus. To fuel your next daydream, here are some of the most luxurious cars you wish you could afford.
17. BMW X5
- Starting at: $60,700
The latest BMW X5 is the luxury auto company’s most accomplished SUV to date, according to Car and Driver. The highlight of this model is its smooth and powerful engine — the 456-horsepower xDrive50i is capable of going from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, but you’ll pay extra for the added horsepower. The engine upgrade bumps the price to $75,750. With a base price of approximately $60,000, the BMW X5 can be considered one of the most affordable luxury cars.
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16. Porsche Cayenne
- Starting at: $65,700
A vaunted blend of sportiness and luxury, the Porsche Cayenne offers top-tier digital connectivity by allowing you to access many of its features — such as remote control of the car — through the Porsche Connect smartphone app. You can also enjoy a high-definition 12-inch touchscreen display above the center console in the all-new Porsche Advanced Cockpit control concept.
15. Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
- Starting at: $75,195
With this luxury car’s ability to carry up to eight passengers contributing to its sheer size, the Cadillac Escalade commands attention wherever it goes. If you upgrade to the ESV version, you can secure up to 120.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The Cadillac Escalade is also one of the most reliable luxury cars, winning Consumer Guide Automotive’s Best Buy distinction for five years in a row.
14. Maserati Levante
- Starting at: $76,980
Reclining in luxury is easy with the Maserati Levante thanks to its leather or Ermenegildo Zegna silk interior. In addition to its “menacing, Ferrari-esque exhaust note,” according to Car and Driver, this SUV offers powerful V6 and V8 engines built in Italy as well as Maserati Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive to ensure a smooth ride over any terrain.
13. Audi A8
- Starting at: $83,800
As the “king of Audi’s luxury sedans,” according to Car and Driver, the A8 is decked out with technologically rich features. For example, the car can save hundreds of different settings for seven different people on one advanced key. Comfort is also paramount with the allergen-reducing air quality system and available rear relaxation seat with foot massage capabilities.
Overall, the Audi A8’s classic and effortlessly elegant exterior makes it one of the best luxury cars for people who don’t want to be conspicuous with their wealth.
12. BMW 7 Series
- Starting at: $86,450
BMW’s newest safety features come standard with the 7 Series — including active blind-spot detection, daytime pedestrian protection, lane departure warning and more — allowing you to drive with confidence. The voice-activated BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is another nice touch that will answer any questions on your drive, whether it’s checking your tire pressure or finding a nearby coffee shop.
11. Tesla Model S
- Starting at: $86,200
With its ability to go from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds using Ludicrous Mode, the Tesla Model S boasts the “quickest acceleration on earth,” according to the electric car company’s website. Speed and safety go hand in hand with the Model S, which includes autopilot advanced safety and convenience features such as automatic steering, parking, lane changing and more. It’s also impossible to forget the enormous 17-inch touchscreen display in the center console.
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10. Land Rover Range Rover
- Starting at: $89,500
Car and Driver called the Range Rover a “rolling Rolex” thanks to its first-class travel features, such as a Meridian sound system, 16-way heated front seats and an infotainment system comprised of two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens. It’s easy to admire the distinct front grille, floating roofline and premium LED headlights that make up the iconic exterior of the Range Rover.
9. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Starting at: $91,250
“Imagine, if you will, the ideal luxury-car ride: comfortable with the faintest hint of floatiness, without any sacrifice to secure handling or vehicle control,” wrote Drew Dorian, a buyer’s guide assistant editor at Car and Driver, in a February 2019 review. “That sums up the S-class’s suspension, which is the industry standard for large luxury cars.”
Dorian was referring to the AIRMATIC air suspension that comes standard on the S-Class, which can adapt to challenging terrain and level itself in response to changing loads.
8. Lexus LC
- Starting at: $92,300
In a comparison between the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, independent automotive research firm AMCI Testing found that overall handling performance was equal between the two luxury vehicles — though the DB11 costs significantly more at a whopping $215,000, according to Kelley Blue Book. Car and Driver called the Lexus LC an “auto-show diva come to life” due to its spectacular concept-car design.
7. Mercedes-Benz G-Class
- Starting at: $124,500
The classic, iconic exterior of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class belies an interior lined with cutting-edge technology, from a heat-rejecting glass sunroof to a multizone LED ambient lighting system featuring 64 colors. You can personalize the G-Class to a T through different gloss and matte paint jobs, multiple 19-inch and 20-inch wheel options, Night Package or AMG Line styling choices and more.
6. Lamborghini Urus
- Starting at: $200,000
Lamborghinis are known for their distinct look and sound — which the Urus delivers, thanks to its silhouette line, extreme proportions and V-8 twin-turbo engine. The Adaptive Network Intelligent Management (ANIMA) Selector, an electronic platform dictating each Lamborghini’s driving systems, is the key to this luxury car brand’s “uniquely emotional experience,” according to the company’s website. You can switch between different on-road and off-road modes for maximum driving versatility.
5. Bentley Continental GT
- Starting at: $220,000
Known as a “favorite of rappers, superstar athletes, and million- and billionaires,” according to Car and Driver, the Bentley Continental GT allows for nearly limitless customization because it’s built by hand. You can choose between dual or single veneers, 15 different interior hides, a wide range of exterior colors and more to create the bespoke luxury car of your dreams.
4. Rolls-Royce Cullinan
- Starting at: $325,000
Without question, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan deserves its title as one of the best luxury cars. The Cullinan’s extravagant features include a center console drinks cabinet with a refrigerator, branded whisky glasses, decanter and Champagne flutes; Blu-ray disc, HDMI, headphone and charging ports; and a viewing suite, complete with a cocktail table and two leather seats, activated by the push of a button. It’s the only SUV with a rear cabin separated from the luggage compartment by partition glass, according to the Rolls-Royce website.
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3. McLaren Senna
- Starting at: $837,000
The McLaren Senna is an extremely track-focused car that is “legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it,” according to the company’s website. It’s named after legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who conquered three world championships and won more than 40 races. The McLaren Senna can reach 124 mph in 6.8 seconds as well as a top speed of 208 mph — and if it’s not speeding past you, the unmistakable exterior of this luxury car is bound to turn heads.
2. Bugatti Chiron
- Starting at: $2,998,000
According to the Bugatti website, each Chiron is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece — the luxury car company will collaborate with you to design the perfect car that suits your personality while adhering to the brand’s famous image. You can choose from a wide range of material and color combinations, including precious metals and hand-picked leather. Personalized engravings or embroidery are also available to add finishing touches to your nearly $3 million work of art.
1. Aston Martin Valkyrie
- Starting at: $3 million
There are only 150 of these luxury hypercars available from Aston Martin — and all have been claimed by car enthusiasts around the world, according to Car and Driver. With its space-age engineering, Formula One-esque performance and incredible exclusivity, the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s staggering $3 million price tag is truly worthy of the 0.01%.
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Luxury car pricing information and details were sourced from each company’s website or Car and Driver unless otherwise stated.