Luxury vehicles are in a league of their own. Emphasising personalisation and a car unique to its owner, a truly luxurious vehicle is always something rather special.
Often created by brands normally associated with sports cars, like Ferrari or Porsche, a luxury car usually has a high level of mechanical power hidden beneath detailing options and clever technological upgrades. The vehicles listed below by ALA GAP Insurance are the top five most popular luxury cars available today.
1. Range Rover – £90,000 Avg. Value
A surge in popularity with footballers and celebrities has boosted the image of Range Rover away from a sturdy working vehicle brand and into the luxury world – and recent models have been changing to reflect this. The current offering from Range Rover includes a huge number of options and luxury fittings – all of which would normally be somewhat out of place on vehicle with such an off-road workhorse pedigree.
These upgrades include a “soft door close” mechanism, a full suite of parking cameras displaying on a touch-screen that also controls everything from the built-in satnav to the interior light options. Hybrid technology, full climate control – front and back, heads-up displays for the driver, and even its own app add to the luxurious nature of the Range Rover. 4-wheel drive, automatic terrain sensors and beautiful leather upholstery round off the luxurious nature of this car.
The modern Range Rover is an incredible luxury vehicle and, with so many different options, price plans and sheer customisability, it’s no surprise that it is the most popular vehicle on our list.
2. Audi R8 – £80,000 Avg. Value
The Audi R8 is a big competitor for Porsche, particularly as both have a very specific ethos for design and implementation of their luxury models. Audi presents solid German engineering, with a specific eye on exterior and interior quality, and a level of mechanical power unavailable to more mundane manufacturers.
The current R8, the second most popular luxury vehicle, has over 75 options to choose from when purchasing a car – including everything from engine size to driver aids to special paint options. Interior equipment choices include inlays in anthracite, automatic air conditioning, and the ability to deck much of the car out in untouched carbon fibre rather than the traditional paint. The R8 is designed to be an incredible driving experience, but has enough design choices available to create an entirely custom – and very luxurious – vehicle. Combined with the wonderfully simplistic exterior, the R8 finds itself with very few detractors.
3. Porsche 911 Turbo – £110,000 Avg. Value
Porsche is a long-running brand with decades of history as a vehicle manufacturer, with a particular focus on driving experience and very fast cars. The current manufacturer line-up has a huge range of models and model options – even the 911 has 16 different variations. The Turbo version is by far the most popular, and hosts a range of luxury options to rival even the Range Rover – but backed up by a series of racing modifications and upgrades to take advantage of the incredible power available.
The 911 Turbo includes keyless entry and keyless driving, in-built sim-card readers, and (like the range rover) a large touch-screen console that displays sat-nav and interior controls. Perhaps most surprisingly of all for such a classic racing manufacturer, there is even a smart watch-based app available.
The interior options are accented and enhanced by the racing pedigree of the Porsche name, and despite the emphasis on luxury, the 911 Turbo is by no means a slow car – equally at home showing off on the road or the race track.
4. Ferrari 458 – £140,000 Avg. Value
Ferrari, our fourth most popular luxury vehicle manufacturer, has always balanced precariously on the line between luxury vehicle maker and sports car producer. The 458 is no different, but is still incredibly popular as a luxury car – even with its racing pedigree.
Whilst offering a number of racing-based upgrades like 4-point seat belts and carbon fibre bucket seats, the 458 will allow you to choose everything from interior stitching colours to the paint used on the brake callipers. Whilst there aren’t as many options compared to other vehicles on this list, the impression is still of an entirely customised vehicle built specifically for you – other people may own a car with a Ferrari 458 name, but your Ferrari 458 will be entirely one-of-a-kind.
5. Jaguar XJ – £50,000 Avg. Value
Jaguar has come a long way in recent years, moving from drab executive saloons into automotive works of beauty with stunning ease. The XJ, whilst having the lowest average sticker price, is a definitive example of Jaguar’s shift in focus – incredibly appealing to look at and decked out in all the latest luxuries, but still adhering to classic British design.
The XJ is very luxurious, whilst still maintaining the appearance of accessibility that the other vehicles on this list cannot quite manage. The XJ comes with a number of interior features based on the wheel-base and model desired by the customer – from the ‘standard’ “Luxury” model to the exclusive (and more heavily laden with upgrades) “Autobiography” version. Styles and available options vary between the models, but include oak finishes, digital televisions and heated massaging seats. The traditional dashboard is replaced by a digital display, and the number of assisted driving options is incredible. To top it all off, you can even order an entirely customised version of the Jaguar XJ – as luxurious as it gets.
These five vehicles represent some of the most luxurious, most expensive, and most popular cars available on the market. From dressed-up sports cars like the Ferrari 458 to the classic nature of the Jaguar XJ, the range of luxury vehicles available makes choices very difficult, and every single one of them can be customised to your specifications.
No matter how popular your chosen vehicle is, the one you own will always be entirely unique to you. These vehicles are always an investment which you can help to protect by visiting ALA GAP Insurance today.
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Range Rover Image By Land Rover MENA (2016 model year Range Rover Evoque) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Audi R8 Image By Lord of the Wings© from Toronto, Canada (Audi R8 V10 Plus) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Porsche 911 Image By The Car Spy (2006 Porsche 911 (997) Turbo) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Ferrari 458 Image By Maurizio Cefariello (Ferrari 458 Speciale) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Jaguar XJ Image By Tokumeigakarinoaoshima (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.