Let’s have a look at some of the most luxurious cars in India in 2022.
Starting with the design, luxury vehicles outshine all the vehicles in other segments with improved quality in comfort, convenience and performance. Luxury brands don’t just offer quality; they offer class and style with their vehicles. Initially built only as larger vehicles, luxury vehicles are now mass-produced in all shapes and sizes with the importance given to advanced driving experience and top-of-the-line tech.
There is no comparison between the comfort or the convenience that you experience while riding a luxury car. The luxury brands of the automobile industry do not disappoint us this year either. In this article, we have a list of 10 luxury cars sitting on top in 2022.
1. Range Rover
Currently, in its fourth generation, the Range Rover has an aluminium monocoque chassis and a heavy body shell on its exterior. Under its hood, Land Rover is offering 2 options for power: six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Following it is the launch of the fifth-generation Range Rover with its four trims, Vogue, the mid-range Vogue SE, the Autobiography and the SV Autobiography. It is built on Land Rover’s flexible Modular Longitudinal architecture (flex MLA). This is the first time the SUV is being offered as a 7-seater.
The SUV has a 75 mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. It is offered in both standard and long-wheelbase versions. Apart from this, there is to be an SV variant developed by the Special Vehicle Operations division of Land Rover. This enormous long-distance cruiser makes a statement on the road with its minimalist designs and signature fascia.
Engines offered include a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and a V8 internal combustion engine.
- P400 petrol MHEV unit
- D300 diesel MHEV unit
- Plug-in hybrid variants: P400 engine is paired to a 38.2 kWh battery pack and a 141 bhp electric motor. The V8 unit is a 4.4-litre supercharged unit.
The new Range Rover can run up to 80 km on only electric power.
Range Rover is available in 16 variants and is offered in 25 different colours. It costs between Rs 2.31 Cr – and Rs 3.41 Cr (ex-showroom price).
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2. Mercedes Benz S-Class
Mercedes levelled up the S-Class series with this latest model. The Maybach S-Class runs on V8 and V12 engines, while the regular limousine houses a 350d or 400d diesel, or a 500 petrol engine. The petrol engine also comes as a mild hybrid powertrain. The diesel engines are smooth and quiet, and of the two the S500 offers an even quicker 400bhp+ as a choice.
The S500 uses a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine that allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.9s. The S350 diesel boasts 6.4 seconds for reaching 100 kmph and 155mph at maximum speed.
It has a long-wheelbase version that offers spacious legroom, cabin seats with sleeping configurations in the cabin and heated seats with a massage option. S-Class is a leader in terms of technology and opulence and retains the brand’s fame for being technically dominant and its conservative luxury.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.58 – Rs 1.65 Cr
3. Audi E-tron Quattro
The E-Tron Quattro is the first-ever fully electric luxury car. Audi does not compromise on performance or the premium levels in comfort for going zero emissions. While the rest of the brands are still dipping their toes in the electric vehicle sector, Audi has produced a wholesome package with its E-Tron Quattro. The SUV has luxurious space inside and an almost completely silent ride.
E-Tron is good for public rapid charging at 150kW and goes around 200-250 miles on a fully charged battery. It is also loaded to the brim with state-of-the-art tech and safety features. Quattro is no slouch in its performance either. It is offered in 3 variants: the 50 Quattro, 55 Quattro and the 55 Quattro Sportback.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.00 Cr – 1.18 Cr
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4. Audi Q7 Facelift
The Q7 which was discontinued in India when the BS6 emission norms came into action was launched earlier in February this year. Given a facelift for a mid-life refresh, Q7 has been re-launched with cosmetic changes and revamped interiors with only a petrol engine under the hood for power.
In front, there is a bigger and octagonal, single-frame grille, bordered on both ends by revised Matrix LED headlamps with new daytime running lamps. It has got revamped front bumpers and updated tail lamps with a chrome strip that runs along the width of the car.
The 7-seater has improvements made on the inside with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for the climate control placed below in the central console. Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster has been upgraded to the second-gen version. Safety features include eight airbags, ESC, and Park Assist Plus with 360 degrees 3D surround camera, lane-keep assist with steering intervention, etc.
The facelifted Q7 is run by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine that comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and drives all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro AWD system. There are also seven drive modes with the Audi Drive Select.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 79.99 Lakh – Rs 88.33 Lakh
Rivals: Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90
5. BMW 7 Series
BMW has always been a bit behind schedule when compared to its contemporaries in the luxury vehicle segment. With the latest model in the 7 Series, BMW is pushing forward in the race. It has got optional adaptive air suspension, high-end infotainment systems and convenience features. Even with all these, BMW may not lead the race yet but it is certainly not lagging behind anymore. There are also choices offered for 2 wheelbase lengths and for rear- or all-wheel drive.
The interior of this luxury saloon car has copious space and is decorated with a refined taste but they are not unique. There are other models down in BMW’s lineup that come with similar interiors. The engines are quiet and powerful and include a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and a BIK-tax-friendly plug-in hybrid engine for the limousine class.
The youngest 7 got its place on our list with its impressive efficiency and precise handling than any of its rivals.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.41 Cr – 2.46 Cr
6. Audi Q8
The older Q7 was a boxier model. The Q8 was designed to look much classier than the Q7 and succeeded in its goal. The Q8 also gets inviting spacious interiors designed tastefully and with comfort in mind. The car requires such light handling that makes the riding quality only better than anything before.
Powertrains on offer are 6-cylinder petrol or diesel engine. There are also options for two emissions: plug-in hybrid petrol engines: one with an output of 457bhp and the SQ8 and RS Q8 performance models.
With these specifications, Audi’s SUV cannot be doubted in its luxury or its performance.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.01 Cr – Rs 1.38 Cr
7. Lexus NX 350h
The luxury SUV from Lexus gets aesthetic changes on the exterior with a larger version of Lexus’ spindle grille design. The new NX looks similar from the front to the earlier generation model but has a sharper look due to the single-piece headlamps instead of the split units. It also gets new bumpers, a longer hood, and LED tail lamps that are connected by a light bar.
A new 9.0-inch or a 14-inch touchscreen based on the variant significantly improves the infotainment interface and also has a digital instrument cluster. Interiors are to be fitted with carefully selected quality materials and finished with expert attention to detail.
The powertrain is a 192hp, 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine mated to a set of e-motors on the front and rear axles. The power is transmitted to all 4 wheels via a 6-step e-CVT gearbox. Lexus NX 350h will be offered in three variants – Exquisite, Luxury and F-Sport.
(Price will be updated after launch on March 9, 2022)
Expected price: Rs 64.90 Lakh – Rs 71.60 Lakh
8. Maserati Quattroporte
This exotic German luxury car is so far down the list because we don’t believe there is much behind the beautiful exterior. It is a symbol of Italian elegance but definitely needs design changes sooner than later.
Quattroporte is offered as a limousine with a lot of space in its cabin. It is offered with 2 engines choices: a V6 or a V8 engine. Even with these powerful engines, the driving experience does not match up to its rivals. Although, Maserati tries to compensate for the lack in performance with quality materials and top-of-the-line tech updates. It has got the smoothest leather covering the seats and some unusual material treatments that almost compensate for the less than rich driving experience.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.71 Cr – Rs 2.11 Cr
9. Rolls-Royce Ghost
The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost was launched 11 years after the debut of the original. The new Ghost comes with laser headlights with a 600 m illumination range, C-shaped daytime running lights and a bold front bumper with an air intake spanning its width. The dimensions have increased by 89mm in length, 30mm in width and 21mm in height from the previous model.
The 2021 Ghost now runs on a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 that churns out a maximum power of 571hp and 850Nm torque which goes out to all 4 wheels. It can accelerate from 0 – 100 kmph in just 3.8 seconds.
Inside the Ghost, the interior style has been kept minimalistic with the most advanced technology the brand can provide. It has extensive soundproofing measures with over 100 kg of acoustic dampening material all over the car. Instead of a completely silent cabin which would have been spooky, Rolls-Royce has made it so you only hear a single-tone whisper inside the cabin.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 6.95 Cr – Rs 7.95 Cr
10. Mercedes-Benz GLS
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a big bold and curvy looking SUV in the luxury segment. Rebadged as GLS, it is in actuality a facelift of the X166 GL-Class. The GLS is 22 mm wider and 77 mm longer than its predecessor of which the extra 600 mm lengthens the wheelbase of the car. The headlamps are smaller, tail lamps slimmer and both with Mercedes’ new LED signature that can penetrate the darkness up to 650 m ahead.
This 7-seater has a wide dashboard with a seamless glass panel and two high-resolution 12.3-inch screens. It has a comprehensive feature list from heated and ventilated seats to 360-degree cameras, 9 airbags, auto parking assistants and more.
GLS is available in 2 variants: GLS 450 and GLS 400d. The 450 runs on a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-petrol engine producing 367hp and 500Nm paired to a 48v mild-hybrid system. It can add another 22hp and 250Nm of electric boost when under hard acceleration. Meanwhile the 400d is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel engine that can produce 330hp max power and 700 Nm of torque. GLS can accelerate from 0 – 100 kmph in 7.15 seconds to 7.48 seconds.
GLS might not be as luxurious as the Mercedes’ S-Class but with the amount of space during the smooth, silent ride offered, GLS is no slouch in the luxury segment.
Ex-showroom price: Rs 1.13 Cr – Rs 2.47 Cr