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The Top 5 Luxury Cars of 2012

Updated March 27, 2014

A luxury car is one designed to give comfort and performance in equal measure.   It is not a sports car designed to get from A to B in the shortest amount of time possible, but a car designed to transport both the driver and the passenger to their destination with class and style.  These are the cars which lead the way in providing such a service.

Jaguar XJ

Representing Britain in a battle almost exclusively dominated by German carmakers, the Jaguar XJ is designed to be the most sporty of the top luxury saloon cars on the market today.  With a  low ride height position and coupe style roof, the Jaguar feels smaller and more nimble than it is, combining the best of luxury saloon car with that of a sports car.   Unfortunately this can be at the sacrifice of comfort as it moves quickly across the road rather than gliding delicately.  Diesel versions manage a decent 40 miles to the gallon, but petrol versions will have larger running costs.

BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series offers the experience of a limousine for the passengers in the back, but also a quality drive as well.  Think of the character Frank Martin, played by Jason Statham, from ‘The Transporter’ series of films and his job role, escorting high quality people and packages from one location to another through barrages of bullets, high speed chases and various other obstacles.  The BMW 7 Series is the perfect car for the job, just as it was in 2008, as the original car for the series of films.

Audi A8

The luxury car  market in the United States has been a dog fight between BMW and Mercedes ever since Lexus lost its way in the wake of the Japanese earthquake.  However this year has shown signs of Audi really bringing a challenge to its two German rivals.  The A8 leads the way in this challenge with plenty of technology; such as lights which are linked to the Sat Nav to bend round corners and dip for oncoming traffic, and excellent performance for such a heavy car.

Lexus LS

From the luxury brand of Japanese carmaker Toyota motors, the LS focuses on giving its customers luxury at an affordable price.  While it fails to thrill behind the wheel when held in comparison with its direct competitors from Europe, it does not fail to provide an incredibly comfortable experience at a reasonable cost, as it undercuts the majority of its rivals on price.  It is even available as a hybrid for the luxury car owner that is more environmentally conscious.

Mercedes S Class

The Mercedes S Class is consistently rated the best in the luxury car class year after year.  While the Jaguar may be the sportiest, the Lexus the best value, and the BMW with the most comfort; it is the perfect blend of these attributes that gives the Mercedes the edge over the competition.  Not only does it round the corners supremely, but the chairs also actively adjust to hold drivers in passengers in a comfortable position.  It may be expensive, but it is big, comfortable, powerful and remains the best in the category.

If you’re fortunate enough to own one of these luxury sedans, make sure you have the right level of car insurance for your vehicle! The last thing you’d want is an accident in your pride and joy, and to not have sufficient coverage.

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