Fair price £7,900
For over four decades, the Mercedes S-Class has set a high standard for luxury and cutting-edge technology. This latest, sixth-generation is the best yet, while it continues to be a showcase for the brand’s latest hi-tech projects and developments.
Fair price £4,500
The Audi A8 has had the Mercedes S-Class in its sights ever since it was introduced in 1994. Audi have been pushing technological boundaries from day one, and now in its third generation, it’s firmly accepted in the luxury saloon class. All versions benefit from Audi’s trademark Quattro four-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Range Rover is a more than worthy, luxury rival to luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 & 6 and Porsche Cayenne. It's extremely comfortable, has a top-quality interior and a massively posh image. However, what really sets it apart from the traditional luxury car, is its supreme ability to multi-task.
Fair price £15,000
Nothing can beat a hand-built British saloon for luxury, but then nothing can match its staggering fall in value, either. The Bentley Arnage originally came with a BMW twin-turbo V8, but a different engine was required after VW’s takeover in 1998, and the Red Label featured Bentley’s old turbocharged 6.75-litre V8.
Fair price £19,000
The BMW 7 Series has always struggled to match the Mercedes S-Class. However with a stellar line-up of petrol and diesel engines, handling that was taken from the brilliant 5 Series, and a host of hi-tech gadgets, the underdog is still a great choice. The 7 Series was given a facelift in 2012, with a series of design tweaks, more efficient engines and a whole host of new cutting-edge technology.
Fair price £25,750
The Jaguar XJ takes the fight to the German luxury car trio (Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8) thanks to its dramatic styling, composed driving dynamics and high class cabin. The old Jaguar XJ was considered one of the most modest and good looking luxury cars of its time, but the latest XJ has shaken off the Gentleman's Club image due to its classy looks and outstanding driving experience.
Fair price £28,500
The Maserati Quattroporte is a luxury performance car that offers practicality, with stylish looks and sports car handling. This all-new model is marked out as a thoroughbred saloon by its Ferrari-developed V6 and V8 petrol engines. As with any Italian thoroughbred, a full service history is vital. But choose carefully, and you’ll get one of the most charismatic cars money can buy.
Fair price £70,000
Style, speed and substance – the Rapide has it all. This Aston Martin is one of the most desirable cars on the road to date. As well as its gorgeous looks and near-200mph performance, the Aston has a wonderful interior with a real sense of occasion and space, plus a very versatile layout. Of course, it won’t be cheap to run, but you only need to take one look at the exterior look of the Rapide to make all your money worries disappear.
By David Carr