Luxury cars have always played a marginal role in the market compared to more affordable family cars, yet there’s a luxury vehicle in almost every segment conceivable. Despite the fact luxury cars range from compact to flagship these days, they only make up about 6% of the U.S. car market as a whole. Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW lead the sales in the U.S. among luxury car brands with more than 300,000 units pushed per year, while Audi comes in fourth with north of 200,000 models sold. Demand for small luxury cars has dropped together with demand for luxury SUVs and flagship full-size cars. At the same time, it has increased for mid-size cars, all remaining crossovers and SUVs (especially mid-size ones), and premium sports cars. But what is the best luxury vehicle 2018 has to offer?
To each his own would probably be the most diplomatic of answers. Then again, diplomacy isn’t really our forte. That’s why we’ve consulted a number of prominent auto industry-related sources in order to compile this list of 10 luxury vehicles we deem the best. While finalizing the scores, I’ve decided to limit the list to one model per manufacturer. Otherwise, it would be heavily populated by Germans and I would be forced to use words like beschleunigung, allradantrieb or Auspuffkrümmer. And I hate using words like beschleunigung, allradantrieb and Auspuffkrümmer. Joking aside, the 10 following vehicles are some of the best luxury cars in the world right now.
10. Tesla Model S
The 2018 Tesla Model S isn’t just the EV automaker’s premium model in terms of refinement. It’s also their premium model range-wise. Four different battery packs and even more models are currently available. 60 kWh, 75 kWh, 90 kWh, and 100 kWh batteries deliver between 218 and 315 miles of range (89 to 104 MPGe) which is certainly class-leading at this point. Especially considering the network of rapid chargers that grows bigger by the day. And, with the Tesla Model S, they’re free to use. Moreover, the Tesla Model S also delivers unparalleled performance to boot. The P100D with Ludicrous Mode accelerates to 60 mph from standstill in less than 3 seconds. It also costs $134,500 before the incentives, though, whereas entry-level models start from the $68,000 mark.
The 2018 Tesla Model S might not be the most exquisite of luxury cars when it comes to interior refinement. That’s only due to its minimalist nature, though. It might be somewhat bland on the inside, but its tech savviness doesn’t come in question. The huge 17-inch infotainment screen which you’ll have a hard time getting to know is a proof of that statement. And I don’t even have to mention the expensive Tesla Autopilot. Nor the abundance of high-tech safety gear which, to be fair, is mostly optional. Love it or hate it, Tesla’s premium sedan easily offers much more than most of its luxurious competitors. And often for less money as well. But often doesn’t have to mean always.