Harshad Mehta may have made the name of the brand commonplace on Indian roads, but all these years later, it’s pure cred that does the trick. The expansive LS500 is a 4-door limousine you would want to drive in, to your next meeting. The twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine is nothing, but excess and this sheer power drives a coach that is fit for a king. Everything is leather and rich fabric. It isn’t the smartest interior if you get our drift, but sometimes, there are takers for less tech.
Remember the time when Indians were starved for a sighting of a Bentley? Today, the Bentayga, the company’s landmark SUV, makes its presence felt on Indian roads more often. The Bentayga has steadily kept us captivated with its unique exterior styling. On the inside, it’s neat and the dash has an air of symmetry around it. Amid the plushness, we should forget that the SUV can go from 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds and can clock top speeds of up to 290 kmph.
The F-Type is another performer that aims for the 300kmph mark and looks as chiselled as one of those toned guys from The Avengers. The Pixel headlights and LED taillights are beautiful to look at, as are the arches along the curvy body. Within, it’s an absolute unit of plushness and an ambiance that you control. While the infotainment system is one the best in class, the performance 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is phenomenal.
Mercedes S Class
You can’t get it wrong when you name an S Class, in any generation, can you? The new S Class brings with it innovation, rich entertainment options with the MBUX system, a well-connected interior that’s nearly entirely digital, safety promises, and the unmistakable exterior styling that has set the S Class apart for years. The 3-litre, 6-cylinder petrol, and diesel engines produce enough power to match the opulence of the car.
The XC40 is a compact, contemporary SUV of our times, with a 5-seater cabin and great storage. It’s also extremely safe and offers the driver several cool and useful features for safety and driving comfort. Volvos are known to be high on digital tech and the XC40 doesn’t spare much room for the analog life. It may not be the best performer on this list but it is extremely easy and comfortable to drive and that’s what makes it great for Indian roads.
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BMW 7 Series
Among the most frequently-spotted cars in this list are the 7 Series BMW sedan. This is why it requires so little to be told about it. It’s got the best and biggest things that BMW has ever announced, all fitted nicely in this spacious saloon. The 7 Series bears such a striking presence in its category that it has set a distinct benchmark among its peers. All of its rivals steer to be ahead of the 7 Series when it comes to performance, tech, luxury or even driving experience. Such is its fame and ability.
The fastest and the most powerful Ferrari is on Indian roads and we cannot take our eyes off it. Its 12-cylinder engine can be heard screaming across Mumbai’s iconic Sea Link, like a bird that’s spread its wings and taken the plunge from a cliff. Its aerodynamic design is an absolute sight to behold. Everything from the Electric Power Steering to the superior handling, and even the futuristic and sporty cockpit is exclusively Ferrari.
Audi RS Q8
If you’re a purist, you may wonder why we’re stashing in so many SUVs on this list, but the Q8 is far from its stereotype. Anything that marries luxury to a 591hp engine should warrant adulation. The Q8 is rich in tech and focuses on the driver’s comfort. With remarkable adaptability in driving styles, it also offers quick access to all that’s important and a clean, sleek interior that sets it apart in the world of luxury SUVs.
We had to have a raging bull on this list, and we went with the biggest, baddest boy out there. The Urus comes with a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that can produce 650hp and earns its stripes on the racetrack as well as it does off-road. The sporty interiors strangely put on a luxurious with a mix of leather and carbon fiber, filling up the most touched spaces. There’s ample engineering that focuses on the handling of the car, especially when you’re veering around a racetrack.
The new 911 does it's absolute best to pamper the driver. When it comes to looks, it doesn’t fall too far from the 911 tree, but the performance and absolute control if offers the driver makes it stand apart. There’s better grip and cornering feels more intuitive. It comes with several features such as blind-spot monitoring and night vision, which may be handy on Indian roads, where cars are more intimately crammed beside one another.
Sloping upwards, almost from the tarmac before it, the beautiful Quattroporte rises up graciously, turning heads without effort. However, it was never built to be leading by its looks. Instead, it focused on its performance. The higher-end rendition is available with a V8 engine that can produce 580hp. It is pure luxury on the inside with leather trim seats, high-end infotainment, and creature comforts like wireless charging and the works.
Specifically built to balance the scales of luxury and performance, the Panamera is a fantastic sports car that could rival the BMW M5. It is intelligent and modern with impressive infotainment options and driving settings. The entry-level variant comes with a 2.9-litre V6 engine that produces 330hp, while the hybrid variant offers a combined output of 552hp. It can go from stationary to 100kmph in just 3.7 seconds.
Some decades ago, a luxury Rolls-Royce SUV would seem like a childish dream. Today, it’s the talk of the town. The Cullinan is not for the rich. It’s for the powerful. Its classic grille, the high body, the V12 monstrosity under the hood, and the massive price tag, and the leather and wood employed in the interiors gives it that classic RR edge. The tech in the Cullinan is reserved by effectiveness, which is great because even in its modernity, it hasn’t lost its panache.
This is a car that brings furious power to intimidating grace. The M5 is an all-wheel-drive sedan with a twin-turbo V8 engine that can produce 617hp. It has a large 12.3-inch touchscreen that lets you control its superior BMW-level tech, as you go from 0-100kmph in 2.8 seconds! Not a very Indian-motorist thing to do, we concur, but you can rest assured that if you do manage the task, the M5 is also among the safest performance vehicles out there, thanks to several tests.
Land Rover Defender
Among the most prolific off-roaders on this list, the Defender enters the ring as one of the toughest cars produced under the Land Rover banner. The effective Terrain Response 2 system helps the SUV stake its claim with conviction. Available in a variety of seating configurations the Defender serves multiple purposes. The Pivi Pro infotainment system keeps you on top of things on the road and in the cabin, thanks to the ‘very digital’ functions and controls.
Mercedes G Wagen
While everyone would want to own the most luxurious car in the country, there are a few who swear by the most eccentric one. That’s where the Mercedes G Wagen comes into play, it combines the incredible ruggedness of a wartime veteran with the finesse of German automaking, with comforts that would put some limousines to shame. Through its high level of customisation, you can ensure your model is as close to bespoke, as could be.