10 of the Quietest Cars You Can Buy
Posted by: Lydia on 5/10/2017
Usually there are two types of car users: those who are true enthusiasts, and those who really just want a vehicle to get from A to B. We’ve spent a fair bit of time on this blog discussing the classic cars, famous museums, and upgrades for the first group. But cars are built to cater to a wide variety of needs and drivers.
While a big vintage V8 can be fantastic on a track day, it can strain the ears (and annoy your neighbours) if it’s started up every morning at 8 a.m. That’s why a number of cars on the market have fast won popularity because of how quiet they are. Better still, these quiet engines are just one of many quality components in a number of terrific models. Here’s a look at 10 of the quietest cars you can buy.
1. Toyota Prius
Having sold over 10 million vehicles in 2016, it’s no surprise that Toyota offers a popular car with a quiet engine. Better yet, the Prius is a vehicle that has won a devoted following for its combination of the enduring Toyota quality with a hybrid setup. For those who seek out a car with leading technology and a whisper-silent engine underneath the bonnet, the Prius is always a great starting point.
2. Audi A8
The old rules said the more aggressive the design, the louder the car will be. The Audi A8 is a rule-breaker. A muscular and robust sedan, the A8 has won a devout following in recent years due to its popular use in The Transporter series. While the engine can rev with the best of them, when used for daily driving the interior is quiet and pleasant.
3. Mercedes-Benz S550e
When a car starts winning praise for having “the quietest interior in the world”, you know a manufacturer is doing something special. True, it’s been a couple of years since the S550e first won attention for its first-class user experience in 2014, and many new entrants to the market have sought to challenge Mercedes’ claim. Yet, even today a quick drive in this great sedan will show silence is golden, and Mercedes has delivered a real jewel for all quiet car fans.
4. BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
There is a theme emerging here, right? Germany has long been in the business of producing brilliant cars, and the ActiveHybrid from manufacturer BMW is a great example of European design. With sleek contours more often found on a sports car than a 4WD, this ActiveHybrid looks like a loud and roaring vehicle. It's only when the driver turns the key and starts to drive that it’s clear this car offers a truly fantastic combination of style and silence.
5. Hyundai Elantra
From the renowned Korean manufacturer comes a sedan that is beloved in Australia and around the world. Not only does the Elantra have a quiet engine and interior, but the vehicle’s stereo is quiet, too. This vehicle has been designed from start to finish with driver comfort and user experience in mind. Anybody who dreams of a stylish but silent vehicle will find a happy drive in the Elantra.
6. Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 Diesel
In general, more powerful engines are louder. The Jaguar XF proves an exception to this. While this vehicle provides the iconic design and sleek contours that made this UK brand famous around the world, it does so while also delivering a near-silent engine. It’s the sort of vehicle you buy when you want to show you’ve got a confident but quiet personal style.
7. 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
4WDs are rarely spoke of in the same sentence as ‘quiet’. Yet, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers on this front. Utilising a quiet-tech interior setup, it’s now possible to navigate through city streets and river rapids without finding that the outside world interrupts your favourite playlist.
8. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
As any 4WD fan would tell you, anything Jeep can do, Land Rover is sure to do too. Yet, this particular model goes one better. Offering the option to switch your vehicle between quiet and loud modes, it’s the perfect choice for drivers who want to loudly drive off from a party on Friday night, yet quietly set off to work Monday without waking the whole neighbourhood.
9. Rolls Royce Ghost
As any car model with the word “ghost” in it implies, you can expect it to be pretty darn sneaky and silent. The Rolls Royce Ghost is a great example of what UK manufacturers can achieve when they set out to honour a legacy. So named in tribute to the famous Silver Ghost vehicle of 1906, the modern Ghost is a great pick for any motorist who desires a luxurious but quiet vehicle.
10. Tesla Model S
With plans to send a manned mission to Mars by 2022 via sister company SpaceX, Tesla CEO Elon Musk would be the first to say his personal style is loud and brash. While the Model S does bear the hallmarks of this attitude with its powerful electric engine, it is also super quiet for that Sunday trip to the grocery store.
Other ways to enjoy the quiet
The engine will always be the central focus of a noisy car. Nonetheless, there are other ways to reduce the noise emitted every time you use the vehicle. Changing out your car stereo is a good option, especially if the one you have now is factory-installed. The team at the factory may have felt a stereo is at its best with loud and heavy bass, but you know otherwise.
Alongside switching out your stereo for a softer sound, there are also custom window installations. It’s important a car’s driver can hear noise that goes on around them while they drive, so seeking out completely soundproof windows is not a good idea. Yet you can look for thick sheets of transparent film for your windows to help reduce outside noise a little if it's unbearable.
That’s why the rise of the ‘quiet car’ is so interesting, signifying a revolution in motoring.
This quiet revolution may be easy to overlook at first, but it’s part of the same generation that introduced the electric car and is set to soon launch the self-driving car. So whether you love driving with a loud engine or a quiet one, be sure to get out on the road and enjoy your wheels in what is an incredibly exciting era for motoring around the world.
What other cars do you know of with a quiet engine? Let us know in the comments below.