5 of the Most Popular Luxury Vehicles Ever Made

Posted by: Lydia on 21/11/2018

Category: General

Cars come in a variety of styles to cater to every desire in the marketplace. There are sports cars for the racing fans, 4WDs for the off-road adventurers, and luxury vehicles for those who enjoy the finer things in life and want to have an amazing experience every time they hop into their vehicle.

While innovations surrounding a new car’s top speed or latest tech may win the biggest headlines, the luxury car market has also carved out a legendary place in the world of autos for quality design and the capacity to bring great comfort and style to any drive. While most luxury cars have a solid fan base, some are more sought-after than others. Here are 5 of the most popular luxury vehicles ever made that are recognised icons in their field.

1. Ferrari California T

Ferrari has long been famous for its speedsters – those vehicles that look more like grounded airplanes and often seem to move as quickly as a jet in flight. But with the release of the California T in 2008, Ferrari proved their team at Maranello has truly diverse skills in design and engineering.

The California T offers beautiful black and camel trim within its interior, a retractable glass roof for those days when the weather is flirting with hail and sunshine, and even a dedicated space for golf clubs on the rear seats. In keeping with Ferrari’s approach to all its vehicles, it also has a brutishly powerful V8 engine that is sure to be the talk of the clubhouse if you rev it after a quick nine holes.

2. Cadillac XTS

While rare in Australia, no list of luxury vehicles would be complete without Cadillac. Since its establishment in Detroit, Michigan in 1902, the Cadillac brand has built a reputation for luxury in the United States that rivals the world’s most famous brands in Europe. Because of Cadillac's expertise acquired from building cars for over 100 years, new Cadillac vehicles have always made a confident entry into the luxury market space year after year.

Though the factory has produced many fantastic vehicles over the decades, the Cadillac XTS has proved particularly popular. A full-sized luxury sedan, the XTS offers a fantastic mix of elegance and practicality. It's sure to draw eyes when it rolls up in front of a gala party or casino event, but it's also equally at home shuttling the kids to sports events on the weekend. This rare mix of style and utility is a huge part of why the XTS is so beloved.

3. Bentley Continental GT

Bentley is among the world’s most famous luxury manufacturers, and with the Continental GT, the UK car maker got a whole new lease on life. Today, 15-plus years since the first model was released in 2003, the GT is a perfect combination of history and modern touches. Wood panelling and supple leather confirm this is a luxury carriage, but its digital dashboard showcases the GT’s contemporary approach to elegance.

While the Continental GT is luxurious, it's also powerful. With a W12 engine and a top speed of 333 km/h, this vehicle can deliver real power when it needs to. That power is sure to be a great help if you’re late for a game outside of town and have a good freeway to get you there.

4. Jaguar XJ

Alongside Bentley, Jaguar has crafted a tremendous reputation in the world of English luxury cars. Proudly opulent in its design, the interior of the XJ seeks to replicate a tailored clubhouse.

With soft grain leather, ebony suede cloth, and a minimalist design throughout that seeks to underscore the car’s timeless quality, this is definitely a luxury vehicle – but it's not just about looks alone. With this class of Jaguar famous for its beautiful handling, this vehicle is sure to be a pleasure to ride in.

5. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is beloved across the world. It has enjoyed a strong reign as the most popular luxury vehicle in Australia, seeing sales grow 13 per cent between 2016 and 2017 alone. It’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz knows how to create an iconic luxury vehicle – after all, the company can trace its history all the way back to Karl Benz’s first patent for a vehicle in 1886.

While the C-Class offers all the trimmings you’d expect in a luxury Silver Arrows vehicle, it's in the tech space that it really shows leadership in the field. In addition to deep smartphone integration and wireless phone charging, the latest C-Class offers 64 different combinations of ambient lights. It also has a virtual assistant (like Apple’s Siri), a 360-degree camera, and a panoramic glass top. Put simply, the C-Class is the luxury car of the future you can buy today.

Defining luxury

Picking just 5 cars for this list is no easy task. But while these are great options, it's important to keep in mind that what car fans perceive as a luxury vehicle can vary from country to country and even from brand to brand.

After all, while everyone can agree that the lines and style of a Jaguar XK definitely make it one of the best, many car fans would also maintain that the famous Jaguar E-Type is an outstanding example of luxury and style in a vehicle. This was the case when the range was first released in 1961, and E-Types remain very popular around the world today.

Innovation and car manufacturing have always gone hand in hand. As the years have progressed and electronic technology has become more and more common in our cars, the way in which we view our vehicles is changing. For some luxury car makers, this represents a big challenge, given how many famous models have been built on the cornerstones of history and tradition.

But as we progress into the future that will see more digital tech, AI, and self-driving cars arrive on our roads, the luxury car industry will also be tasked with writing a new chapter once more. And the industry's future promises to be very exciting as it goes forward.

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