Luxury and prestige cars from premium manufacturers offer the ultimate in driver and passenger comfort.
With most models, the focus is actually on the passenger, as these are cars that are more meant to be driven than to be driven.
Luxury cars offer opulence, with plush seats, thick carpeting and many other features to help isolate passengers from the outside world.
The finest luxury cars offer supreme comfort with virtually no wind or road noise, while the hand-finished interiors will leave you in no doubt of the craftsmanship that went into its creation.
Here are five of the best luxury cars for sale in 2022. They all offer the ultimate in cruising comfort and have the premium qualities that set them apart from the rest of the new car market.
The best luxury cars at a glance
|Auto||Price from||Power options|
|Audi A8||£74,895||Gasoline, diesel, PHEV|
|Bentley Flying Spur||£160,200||Gasoline, PHEV|
|Mercedes S-Class||£81,650||Gasoline, diesel, PHEV|
|Range Rover||£94,400||Gasoline, diesel, PHEV|
|Rolls Royce Ghost||£233,235||Gasoline|
Evolution is key to the A8, and the current car is a definite step up from its predecessors.
Long and short wheelbase versions are available, while Audi’s ubiquitous quattro all-wheel drive provides all-weather traction. Cornering performance and safety are clear goals, with an air suspension that leans into corners and lifts the side of the car if an imminent side impact is detected, to ensure the solid sill supports the weight.
A recent facelift brought high-tech lighting systems inside and out, while a new flagship revived the Horch name and added even more opulence inside.
2. Bentley Flying Spur
Handcrafted luxury is synonymous with many British bespoke automakers, and the Bentley Flying Spur is a fantastic specimen of the breed.
Go for the W12-powered V8 model or “less” and you get a car that can drive in near silence while still having the power to entertain if you want it to.
Additionally, Bentley’s Mulliner division can help create unique versions with even more luxury.
3. Mercedes S-Class
They say you should look to the luxury car class to see what technology will appear in mainstream models in the future, and there’s no better example than the S-Class.
Previous generations were the first to use technologies like adaptive cruise control, LED lights and brake assist, while the latest car’s expansive digital instrument panel and touchscreen are likely to filter the rest of the Mercedes range over time.
Opt for the Maybach version for the ultimate in luxury.
A brand new Range Rover doesn’t happen very often, but that’s what we’re getting in 2022.
The new model is once again an evolution of what has come before, but the car will maintain a tradition of offering quiet, refined comfort, as well as more off-road capability than any owner is likely to need.
Hybrid engines will debut, while a purely electric Range Rover will arrive at a later date.
5. Rolls-Royce Ghost
If any car manufacturer is synonymous with luxury, it is Rolls-Royce. We’ve picked the Ghost here because it’s the newest, but all of the company’s cars will deliver smooth, quiet and unflappable operation with power to spare.
The latest cars even come on a platform called the Architecture of Luxury, while technologies like terrain-reading navigation help maintain the high standards of comfort the company is famous for. And the Black Badge models add a little more exclusivity and pizzazz.