Picture the scene, you’re dressed to impress for a late dinner at the prestigious Savoy hotel in London… But how are you getting there? Of course you’re not going to drive yourself, and so a chauffeur is on the way to pick you up.
Comfort, technology and image are all big factors in your chariot of choice, and so here are 10 of the very best chauffeur-driven cars money can buy.
While some may look at the V-Class as a posh Mercedes Vito with windows, that wouldn’t do justice to this plush people mover. If a group needs transporting in comfort, the spacious and well-appointed V-Class is for you.
It can be configured in many different ways, and even feature a conference table for meetings on the move!
A long wheelbase Range Rover might just be the ultimate in ‘go anywhere’ luxury. Its premium cabin can be had with a pair of reclining captains chairs in the rear, while one of the most capable all-wheel drive systems underpins this SUV.
Need to climb a mountain in total comfort? Here you go!
Jaguar’s XJ is a historic model that runs deep within the British marque’s DNA. For decades they have served as state vehicles around the world for important people, delivering a blend of performance and sophistication.
It’s not the most spacious car in the class – even in long wheelbase form – but it is one of the most athletic.
Just like the Jaguar XJ, the Porsche Panamera is not the roomiest car for long-distance shuttle journeys, but it does make up for it in terms of performance. This car comes in many flavours, including the 630bhp Turbo S model.
0-62mph in just 3.1 seconds? Yes please!
The grille is still an issue for most people, but once inside the new 7 Series you needn’t look at it. In fact, the rear quarters of the technologically advanced limo will have you relaxed in no time. Glass panoramic roof, intricate mood lighting, tablet computer and acres of space.
There’s a good reason the 7 Series is still the pride of BMW’s range.
The latest Audi A8 is a masterful machine that offers that reassuring Quattro all-wheel drive for all-weather performance, as well as cabin that contends for class leadership. From the quality of the stitching, to the sheer quantity of technology onboard, the A8 is worthy of any shortlist.
Want some added protection? The A8 L Security is armoured and features the engine from the S8 for a quick getaway.
The recently launched Bentley Flying Spur is a mark of progress for the British brand. Handcrafted luxury takes many forms these days, but this car is one of the very best when it comes to attention to detail. Prestige comes as standard with the Flying Spur.
Under the bonnet is a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine capable of propelling it to 207mph.
The new Ghost is a classic example of Rolls-Royce’s search for perfection. While powered by a large 6.75-litre V12 engine making 563bhp, occupants will enjoy whisper-quiet levels of opulence at any speed.
Less flashy than its big brother, the Phantom, this Ghost knows the power of the understatement.
Recently revealed to the world, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the standard for the German ‘big three’. This luxurious technological showcase for the three-pointed-star features systems that adjust the suspension for individual road imperfections to ensure a pillowy soft ride.
A spicier AMG variant will be on the way.
This illustrious Rolls-Royce undoubtably sits at the top of the luxury tree, each handcrafted to their owner’s exacting specification. No request is too big an ask, with past vehicles being painted using real gold, or featuring totally custom interiors.
Each Mk8 Phantom is powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharge V12 engine that produces 563bhp – a figure Rolls-Royce describes as adequate.