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If you want to live life in the fast-lane, you could do a lot worse than equipping yourself with a luxury car. There’s no better way to show off to your friends and family, and feel good about yourself when you’re cruising the highway. There’s a lot of great luxury cars out there at the moment. 2016 has already seen its fair share of offerings, and there are plenty more to come before the year is out.

Firstly, we have to know exactly what goes into a luxury car. They don’t have to be defined as any particular size or shape or even offer a specific size of engine. A luxury car is something that feels elegant to drive and looks particularly stunning from an outsider’s point of view. Calling it a luxury car is actually just a way of marketing something to sound particularly good. Most vehicles like this are packed with features that aren’t crucial, but are nice perks. Luxury cars often add new features before any other models do, like integrated sat navs. Examples of this include heated seats and entertainment systems. Remember; luxury vehicles are there to make your journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

So, we’re going to take a look at just a few examples, and then give you a few ideas about how to afford them. Here we go, it’s time to take a peek at the best of the best.

Audi A8

The first entry on our list is the stunning Audi A8. There are a few different types that you might be interested in, but almost all come with a 12-cylinder engine. The inside of the vehicle is kitted out with the usual leathers that you’d expect, as well as heated seats and climate control. You can also keep the kids busy in the back seat with rear screen entertainment systems. It’s smooth; it’s powerful; it’s one hell of a car.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche has always been associated with style and luxury, and the Panamera is no different. It’s one of the fastest sedans in the entire world, so you’ll have a blast if you’re a speed-king. In fact, this is almost more of a sports car than a luxury car. You can get the Panamera in a hybrid if that’s what you’re looking for, reducing running costs to save you money in the long run.

Lexus LS 600h

You might have guessed that the LS 600h is a hybrid, so it offers much less impact on the planet and reduces running costs as well. Because it’s a hybrid, it’s whisper quiet to drive, even on fast highways. If you weren’t sold on that, how about this; the back seats have electric massage capabilities! Again, there are entertainment systems and sat-nav integration for you to enjoy as well. Speed, comfort and peace are what you’ll get with the Lexus LS 600h.

Range Rover Luxury SUV

If you’re looking for something with a bit more bulk, you can get a luxury range rover. The newest version offers a much-refined performance than in previous years. It’s durable and can handle off-roading fairly well. The car is incredibly high, so you benefit from fantastic views, but it’s also difficult to enter if you struggle with climbing. It’s still packed with comfy features, but the luxuries are implemented in practical ways. You’ll still enjoy what the interior has to offer, however.

Cadillac CT6

This is a high-range sedan that can compete with the biggest names in the business. It’s smooth to drive and comes equipped with plenty of power. Inside the car, they haven’t skimped on the luxury at all. Again, you’re getting massage features in the seats as well as heated seat abilities. Amazingly, it also comes packed with a 34-speaker (yes, I said 34-speaker) sound system so you can really get the most out of your music.

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Audi TT

The Audi TT has been redesigned for 2016, sporting a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It looks fantastic and benefits from a lot of power under the hood. It comes with automatic transmission, and the interior has been updated from the previous model. The Audi TT is back in a big way for 2016.

Mercedes-Benz S550

How about this; the Mercedes-Benz S550 comes with tray tables and rear-seat controls! There’s even a cabin fragrance system to get rid of that horrible dirty shoe smell! On the road, the S550 benefits from a turbocharged 4.7 liter V8 engine, offering more than enough power for what you need. We’re all well aware of how respected Mercedes-Benz has become over the years; so you’d be making a great purchase with this model.

Jaguar XE

Jaguar failed with the X-Type not so long ago in the same market, and now they’re back with the XE for a second go. There is a touchscreen and an infotainment system built into the interior, as well as comfy seating. The engine is built around fuel efficiency, making this one of the best options for saving money in the long term. If you’re not so bothered about that, you can pick up a supercharged model which emphasises performance over fuel efficiency.

BMW 7 Series

If you love your technology, it’s time to look at the BMW 7 series, which is packed with it. You actually control some parts of the infotainment system with nothing but hand movement. You don’t actually have to touch anything! The car benefits from a fantastic amount of horsepower; it can go from 0-60 in four seconds! The roof has been specifically designed to reduce the car’s heaviness. If you weren’t sold already, here’s the clincher; it can park itself, and you don’t even need to be in the vehicle. Now that’s a perk that so many of us would love to have in our cars!

Kia K900

Our last entry in the list is one that you might not have assumed would make it. However, the Kia absolutely deserves its spot. Not only does it look fantastic, but it showcases copious amounts of power on the highway, thanks to its 5.0 liter V8 engine. And guess what?! It’s one of the cheapest options available on this list. That doesn’t mean it neglects the luxury features, though. It comes equipped with climate control, front and rear cameras/sensors and adaptive headlights.

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I Want One!

Just because these are luxury cars, doesn’t mean they have to be out of your price range! There are plenty of ways in which you can afford to buy one. Of course, if you’ve got the money, all you need to do is head down to a local dealer. You can also purchase them online as well. Most dealerships will offer the ability to finance the vehicle and pay over months and years, so find out whether that’s a possibility as well.

You could always pick up your chosen vehicle off of the used car market. You should find that even though these are new and luxurious cars, you can get a few thousand off of the new price. If you’re going to buy a used vehicle, make sure you do your homework in advance. You can never be too sure whether the seller is legit, especially when it comes to expensive cars. HPI car history checks are essential for any car that you want to buy. The same goes for taking a test drive and being informed of every little detail that you might need to know. Be careful and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Ensure you understand what perks will come with any purchase. Whether you’re buying new or used, most dealerships will offer guarantees. The longer the guarantee; the more you can be assured of a quality purchase. It’s all about peace of mind and ensuring you don’t spend vast sums of money in the early stages of ownership. Luxurious or not; cars have a tendency to go wrong. That guarantee is an important way to cover you for any issues that may crop up.

You’re not going to get anywhere without the right amount of money. Consider whether you could get much for your old vehicle in the meantime. Shop around for various services and see what your car is valued at. You could also think about taking out a loan (although don’t go overboard!) in order to make that purchase. It might just be that you need to save up a little bit longer. Pick what works for you.

So there you go! Those are just some of the most luxurious cars on the market at the present time. If you’re planning to buy one in the near future, great! Do even more detailed research about each one. These are expensive purchases, and you need to ensure the car covers every area of importance to you, from safety to practicality. We can’t discuss everything today, so take the time to read up on reviews and fact sheets yourself. Once you’re ready to make that purchase, I hope it’s everything you want it to be!