World's 20 best luxury cars: From SUVs to sedans to performance cars and much more

Here's everything... from the exotic to the sophisticated to the most practical. Because, whatever you choose from this list, it will bring a smile on your face

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BEST LUXURY CARS FOR LONG DRIVES WITH FAMILY

Mercedes GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is as ‘Mercedes’ as an SUV can be. With a fine cocktail of luxury, performance, and technology bundled within its cozy confines and confident interiors, it makes for a fantastic interstate driving machine. Aimed to be the S Class of SUVs, the GLS spoils its occupants with Mercedes’ popular MBUX infotainment system, which can be enjoyed on one of the two 12.3-inch high-resolution dashboard screens. The 13-speaker Burmester audio system keeps you entertained, while the quad-central air vents keep you cool and comfortable in the massive seats. Being 5.2 meters long, you can comfortably accommodate seven people in this one. Its agility can be tested in its 0-100kmph dash that can be won in just 6.2 seconds, thanks to its silent and efficient 3-litre petrol engine.

Engine: 3982cc

Transmission: 9G-TRONIC Automatic, AWD

Power: 730nm@2500-4500rpm/ 549.81bhp6000-6500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 4.9 seconds 

Price: Rs1.04 crore

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Lexus ES

The first thing that comes to your mind when you step into a Lexus is how generous it is with space. The ES 300 variant isn’t the grandest Lexus out there (those bragging rights belong to the LS), but it doesn’t hold back the styling and luxury. While the front seats are large and comfortable, the rear seats recline to help you rest during those long and arduous drives. The magic lies in the fact that it is a hybrid vehicle, so it is extremely quiet and comfortable to travel in. Even when you switch to the motor there is hardly any noticeable sound. So, you can sit back in the soft leather seats, stretch your legs, set the seat-cooling to your preference, and glide over the expressways.

Engine: 2487cc

Transmission: E-CVT Automatic, FWD

Power: 214.56bhp@5700rpm/ 202Nm@3600-5200rpm

Top speed: 240kmph

0-100kmph: 7.3 seconds

Price: Rs56.53 lakh

Also read: Best hybrid cars: Toyota Vellfire, Lexus ES300h, Porsche Cayenne E-hybrid, BMW 745LE

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Range Rover

If you want to afford more space for a longer drive, you will definitely go for an SUV. An obvious choice for such a car would be the Range Rover. It does have ‘range’ in the name for some reason, doesn’t it? It’s among the most easily recognisable SUVs with signature LED headlamps and vertically-stacked taillamps. Unlike most JLR SUVs the Range Rover is closer to a family-of-6 car for a desi ensemble looking for a long, comfortable drive at every turn of the season, and not a dune-bashing machine. The front seats offer 20-way adjustments, the seats can be heated or cooled as per preference, the digital instrument cluster is customisable, while the rear occupants can enjoy the temperature control and ample headroom and legroom.

Engine: 2995cc

Power: 557.86bhp@6000-6500rpm/ 700Nm@3500-5000rpm

Top speed: 225kmph

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, 4WD

0-100kmph: 5.8 seconds

Price:  Rs2.10 crore

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BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is as sporty as the German manufacturer goes, but that doesn’t mean that it makes concessions to comfort, which is what makes it a great car for longer distances. You can get it in a 4-cylinder petrol option or if you’re more ambitious, then a 6-cylinder diesel variant is up for grabs. You can dramatically play up the exteriors of the car by picking a package of your choice. On the inside, you have some incredible tech to play with, with smartphone connectivity, ambient lighting, Harman Kardon Surround Sound, 4-Zone air conditioning, BMW’s Live Cockpit Pro, parking assistance, HUD display, Reverse Assistant, gesture controls, the works!

Engine: 2993cc

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic

Power: 261.49bhp@4000rpm/ 620nm@2000–2500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 5.7 seconds

Price: Rs62.90 lakh

Also read: BMW M340i XDrive review: Serves the suave of the 3 Series with the agility of the M3

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BMW X7

Whether it’s an SUV or a sedan, a BMW never misses its point. The X7 bears a spark of modest grandiose with the recognisable sleekness of the brand, from the iconic kidney grille to the 5.1m-long body. It is powered by a locally-assembled 30d diesel engine with the option of an imported 40i petrol variant. This flagship BMW focuses a bit more on comfort than the X5, not shying away from the typical 7 Series seating and interior ambiance. Even with its big size, parking the X7 isn’t too difficult, thanks to the cameras and parking assistance features that are bestowed upon it. It is the biggest BMW manufactured yet.

Engine: 2993cc

Power: 394.26bhp@4400rpm/ 760nm@2000-3000rpm

Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic, AWD 

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 5.4 seconds 

Price:  Rs95.84 lakh

Audi Q8

Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 is the prized stallion in the SUV universe, balancing the luxurious plushness of fine interiors with a technology-rich driving interface. It’s big on space and even bigger on personality, with a massive wheel, attractive lines and arches, and a sporty façade. There’s a lot to spoil the occupants on the inside with tech and comfort settings that can be customised to make incredibly long journeys feel less tiring. The all-wheel Q8 gives you the freedom to express yourself on the highway with fantastic control, making you forget that you’re manoeuvring a 2.5-tonne beast around. The HUD display, climate zones, and cabin lighting are cherries on top.

Engine: 2995cc

Power: 340bhp@5000-6400rpm/ 500nm@1370-4500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, AWD

0-100kmph: 5.9 seconds

Price: Rs99.02 lakh

Also read: 2021 Mercedes E-Class review: Pampers the passenger, delights the driver

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel

Jeep Wrangler

The newest entry in the Indian SUV landscape, Jeep has already conquered the outdoors with its usual no-nonsense flair. A Jeep does as it says, and the Wrangler is one such 5-door ally you would want when you’re treading paths that aren’t necessarily laid with tarmac. As a result, it isn’t fitted with the softest sink-in seats. Instead, the second-row seats are upright so that you save your spine as you go dune bashing or dare to take a jungle trek. It’s pure power when you take control of the 8-speed gearbox. Oddly, the Wrangler is a lot more impressive off-road than on-road. It is so unpretentiously functional that you would marvel at the inclusion of keyless go, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Engine: 1998cc

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, 4WD 

Power: 268bhp@5250rpm/ 400nm@3000rpm

Top speed: 180kmph

0-100kmph: 4.5 seconds 

Price: Rs53.90 lakh

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Mercedes Benz G Class

No mass-produced SUV in India can rank above the Mercedes Benz G Class. While it weighs on features and looks, it also accommodates a phenomenal story to be told of its rich and illustrious history. The G-Wagen has been inspiring auto enthusiasts with its incredible story arc, going from one of the most durable SUVs to becoming one of the most luxurious, albeit with the same grit as always. The 2019 variant packs in incredible tech with 4G LTE connected services, a widescreen cockpit, live vehicle tracking, and more. Being a former war veteran, the G Class packs impressive safety features for driving assistance, parking, and smart intuitive lighting as well.

Engine: 3982cc

Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G Automatic, AWD 

Power: 576.63bhp@6000rpm/ 850Nm@2000-5000rpm

Top speed: 220kmph

0-100kmph: 4.5 seconds 

Price: Rs2.42 crore

Also read: 2020 BMW X6 review: A marvel made by the sum of its parts

BEST LUXURY CARS FOR THE OFFICE DASH 

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Porsche Panamera

Not many, a few decades ago, would imagine a Porsche with four-doors that could master the daily commute, but here we are. The Panamera has won the hearts of aspirants who wanted to jump onto the Porsche bandwagon with their sense of practicality not questioned. Still powered by an incredible 4-litre, twin-turbo petrol engine, it has dashes of resemblance to the 911, which makes it even more exciting to drive. It is extremely comfortable to drive or ride in, with the latest technology and decent comfort settings to keep you happy even amid rush-hour traffic. After all, who doesn’t want to be seen arriving in a Porsche?

Engine: 3996cc

Power: 680bhp@5750-6000rpm/ 770nm@1960-4500rpm

Top speed: 310kmph

Transmission: 8-speedPDK Automatic, AWD

0-100kmph: 3.4  seconds

Price: Rs1.44 crore

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BMW M340i

Between the worlds of the BMW M3 and the 3 Series lies the M340i, an ingenious conception of highly practical and performance balances. One may not expect the efficiency of a 3-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged engine in a modest 3 Series, but that’s what makes the M340i so phenomenal. It’s impractical on paper but once you’re inside, you know that this is just what you need to have in your garage and is the best excuse for a sporty car that you can drive for work without having your sanity questioned. The BMW iDrive infotainment system gives you access to all the key controls of the car, while you also enjoy wireless charging, parking assistance, a grand sunroof and a host of other goodies thrown in.

Engine: 2998cc

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, RWD 

Power: 382.19bhp@5800rpm/ 500Nm@1850-5000rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 4.4 seconds 

Price: Rs62.90 lakh

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Audi RS 7 Sportback

Audi RS7

The eternal question of whether an Audi is practical in rush-hour traffic may never be answered, but that doesn’t stop the justifications of those in favour of it. The RS7 adds fuel to the argument of the latter with a cool personality and an extremely efficient engine. We’re talking about a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, which is paired with a 48V mild hybrid system. Differing significantly from the more popular A7, it is lower and wider, with larger air intakes, a re-imagined bumper, a blacked-out single-frame grille, and intuitive Matrix adaptive LED headlights. The insides are sporty too with a flat-bottom steering wheel and cool aluminium paddle shifters.

Engine: 3996cc

Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic Automatic, AWD

Power: 591bhp@6000-6250rpm/ 800nm@2050-4500rpm

Top speed: Upto 305kmph

0-100kmph: 3.6 seconds

Price: Rs1.94 crore

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Mercedes E63 AMG

You can be sure that you put your best foot forward to make it on time for that 9 am meeting if you own the amped-up Mercedes E63 4Matic+. The all-wheel-drive sedan is extremely sporty and gives the illusion of compactness, even though it is quite spacious inside. The bonnet is sporty and placed judiciously, while the grille has a two-slat design making it quite distinct. The digital instrument cluster gives you control over the driving and comfort essentials of this nimble car that easily pulls off a 0-100kmph dash in under 3.5 seconds.

Engine: 3982cc  

Transmission: 9-speed Automatic, AWD 

Power: 603.46bhp@5750-6500rpm / 850Nm@2500-4500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 3.4 seconds

Price: Rs1.53 crore

Also read: Mini Cooper Convertible S review: It's the happiest car on the road

BEST LUXURY CARS FOR CHAUFFEURED AROUND

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Lexus LS 

Surely, a clutter-breaker from the big 3, the Lexus LS enters the Indian market with the unique spindle-shaped grille and surprising luxury specs for those who spend their outdoor time in the rear seats. The cabin of this sedan is completely handcrafted by Takumi craftsmen commissioned by the brand, with L-aniline seat leather, upholstery that is hand-pleated. A Mark Levinson 23-speaker system, body-massaging seats, auto-lift up for easy entry and exit of the vehicle make this one of the contenders for the big league of chauffeur-driven limousines in time to come. The LS is Lexus’ ultimate luxury vehicle and each flagship release adds more panache to the existing street credit it has already won, globally.

Engine: 3456cc

Transmission: 10-speed Automatic, RWD

Power: 354bhp@6600rpm/ 350nm@5100rpm

Top speed: 205.93kmph

0-100kmph: 6.28 seconds 

Price: Rs2.22 crore

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BMW 7 Series

Bringing up the rear of the big three is the BMW 7 Series — consistent, resilient, and ever-innovative. It’s high on tech and comfort with screens and a digital command centre that caters to all your whims. You can enjoy gesture controls, ambient lighting, sprawl across the Nappa leather seats, avail of wireless charging, or treat yourself to aromatherapy with the ambient air package. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system ensures that you are comfortable over bumps and ditches as you enjoy the seat massaging features of the Executive Lounge (which is what they call the rear seats). 

Engine: 6592cc

Power: 600.7bhp@5400-6500rpm/ 850Nm@1550-5000rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, AWD

0-100kmph: 3.8 seconds

Price: Rs2.46 crore

Also read: Mercedes GLS 450 drive to Urvashi's Resort in Manali: The brute and the beauty

Audi A8

Audi A8

The Audi flagship is just as far as an Audi can go with luxury. It is available with a 55 TFSI Quattro powertrain that produces 340hp, thanks to a 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine with all-wheel drive. Performance aside, the comfort of this limousine is phenomenal. It comes with predictive active air suspension that can alter the behaviour of each wheel within milliseconds, Wi-Fi-connected rear seats, electrically adjustable in-car features, ambient lighting, and a lot more. You not only get a massager on the seat but also the footrest, so you can kick away your shoes and get what you deserve after an unending board meeting.

Engine: 2995cc

Power: 335.2@5000-6400rpm/ 500nm@1370-4500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, AWD

0-100kmph: 5.7 seconds

Price: Rs1.58 crore

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Mercedes S Class

Few can match the rear-seat comfort of the Mercedes S Class. When you set out to buy a luxury sedan, you nearly always compare it with the S Class. You can truly set the mood to your preference with a 64-colour ambient lighting system that organically matches the climate control if you ask nicely. You can also get some work done on the rear seat because of the incredible suspension of the S Class will make you feel you’re in your plus office cabin. The comfort can be amped up by opting for the Active Multi-Contour Seat Package, Air Balance package for fragrant options, a special Chauffeur Package for more legroom in the rear seats, and a lot more.

Engine: 2999cc

Transmission: Automatic, AWD

Power: 362.07bhp@5500-6100rpm/ 500nm@1600-4500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100kmph: 5.1 seconds 

Price: Rs2.17 crore

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BEST LUXURY CARS FOR THOSE MIDNIGHT RUNS

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Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Spyder

When the bad boys step out with their toys for nocturnal thrills, there’s nearly always an eye out for the raging bull. The Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder doesn’t just look and drive ferociously, but also sounds like the monstrosity of power and performance that it is. The RWD Spyder bears the Huracan 5.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V10 petrol engine that produces 610hp and 560Nm of torque. You get to stretch your legs with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as you roar under the night sky. The droptop is an excellent addition, with the ability to convert in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50kmph.

Engine: 5204cc

Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch transmission, Automatic AWD

Power: 630.3bhp@8000rpm / 600Nm@6500rpm

Top speed: 325kmph

0-100kmph: 3.1 seconds 

Price: Rs3.54 crore

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Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type has always given Jaguar the bragging rights on the track and the underground racing lanes of Indian cities. Armed with a 5-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, you can leave the best of the best in the dust if you know your way around those shifters. It is among the most comfortable cars in this category with snug seats and a modest cabin (in comparison with the Ferrari and Lamborghini contemporaries). You can go a cool 0-100kmph in just 5.7 seconds, which may not be the fastest acceleration on this list, but the F-Type is quite sturdy as it skirts its 250kmph top speed.

Engine: 5000cc

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic AWD

Power: 567.25bhp@6500rpm / 700nm@3500-5000rpm

Top speed: 300kmph

0-100kmph: 3.7 seconds 

Price: Rs97.93 lakh

Also read: Audi Q2 review: More hatchback, less Audi

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Porsche 911 GT3

The Porsche 911 has been constantly subjected to some rather stringent behaviour alterations to behave well on the road. The 911 GT3 arrives with just that demand, fulfilled to much of every desi Porsche fan’s delight. With its special, new Touring package, the car will hit international markets first. The rear engine ditches the swan-neck spoiler at the back and introduces a mechanically retractable spoiler on the engine cover. The 4.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine comes with a 6-speed and 7-speed gearbox option. With a reputation that precedes its spec-sheet, the 911 maintains its fastidiousness on the racetrack and the street alike. The GT3 can go from 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds, clocking top speeds of 318kmph.

Engine: 3996cc

Power: 500bhp@8250rpm/ 460Nm@6000-9000rpm

Top speed: 318kmph

Transmission: 6-speed Manual RWD

0-100kmph:  3.4 seconds 

Price: Rs2.38 crore

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Ferrari 812 Superfast

Throwback to the time when the arrival of the first Ferrari made news headlines in India. Today, the dazzling Ferrari 812 Superfast rocks our streets, straight out of an Indian showroom. The front-engine V12 GT comes with a 2-door option that can be customised till it is entirely unrecognisable, on the outside as well as within the cabin. It is a racehorse and how, with a 0-200kmph jump in under 8 seconds. The Superfast is driven by a 6.5-litre V12 engine that produces 800hp, with a dual-clutch transmission so that you’re across the drag track, before the handkerchief drops. It goes without saying that the 812 Superfast revels in its rather peculiar, noisy affair. 

Engine: 6496 cc

Transmission: 7-speed Automatic RWD

Power: 788.52bhp@8500rpm / 718 Nm@7000 rpm

Top speed: 340kmph

0-100kmph: 2.9 seconds 

Price: Rs5.20 crore

Also read: 2020 Mercedes Benz EQC review: A silent, electric capsule of comfort

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