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Volkswagen Phaeton

3.0 TDI - When Volkswagen launched the Phaeton in 2003, it was seen as a bold move. However, there was some method in Volkswagen’s madness: the VW Group also owns Audi (which builds the A8) and Bentley, so the possibility existed for using shared technology and dipping into the parts bins of its sibling brand [...]

Road Test Reports Says 3 star ratingFull Report
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Audi A8

The Audi A8 is a powerful and elegant looking car, but if you are going to describe this vehicle in a word, it would be luxurious. Audi has tried to create a machine that pairs, power with comfort, in a saloon car and from our test we would agree, any senior executive would be very pleased if this w [...]

Road Test Reports Says 4 star ratingFull Report
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Jaguar XJ

Mk4 2010 - The XJ is Jaguar’s flagship model and is a British automotive icon. Since the appearance of the first generation in 1968 this large executive saloon has been the ride of choice for many senior executives and has become a badge of respectability. However, it has needed a thorough overhaul for some ti [...]

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Jaguar XJ

3.0 Diesel - The flagship Jaguar XJ has been a much-loved model since it first hit the roads in 1968. However, this large executive saloon has desperately needed a complete overhaul for some time: the last iteration, the Mk 3, first appeared in 2003, but on the surface it was very similar to the XJ40 model first [...]

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Jaguar XJ

5.0 Supersport - The fourth-generation Jaguar XJ has undergone a radical transformation. Whereas the previous iteration was a very tradition-looking luxury cruiser, much-loved by executives and retired gentlemen of a certain age, the latest model has become a much sportier coupe. And no version is sportier than the [...]

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BMW 7-Series

Almost the perfect car, great performance, ride and handling. Build quality and reliability possibly the best on any car in the world. Safe and secure, only the extremely high running costs and poor residuals let it down.

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Infiniti G37 Coupe

3.7-litre V6 - Infiniti is better known as Nissan’s luxury brand in America and it’s coming to the UK next year (2009). We drove the rear wheel drive Infiniti G37 Coupe – do BMW and Audi have much to worry about? Yes the Infiniti brand is already eating into the German maker’s profits in the States and it could co [...]

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Lexus IS

F - As reported elsewhere on this site, the IS competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Merc C Class, while this top-of-the-range IS-F competes with musclecars like the RS4, M3 and C63 AMG. But is the ‘F’ hard enough to lock horns with those beasties? You bet it is.

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Audi A8

L - Right between the end of a recession and the start of a new age of austerity, the car industry has decided to launch a number of luxury cars. After the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Mulsanne, we’ve seen a brand new Jaguar XJ and Audi A8, which will be followed at the end of 2010 by a long-wheelbase [...]

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Lexus CT

CT200h - Borrowing its entire powertrain from the Toyota Prius, the new CT200h is Lexus’ first 5-door compact car. It’s also the fourth model in the current Lexus range to be powered by full hybrid drive, and the first full hybrid car from any manufacturer in the ‘premium compact’ segment. But is it a glorif [...]

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Bentley Continental GT

4.0 V8 auto - Big numbers are to be expected from Bentley. Its range of high-output supercars is renowned for mind-boggling torque figures and heady top speeds are usually involved too. List prices are duly top-line, of course, while the CO2 emissions that come as a result of all this super-luxury performance wil [...]

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Audi A7 Sportback

3.0 TFSI and TDI quattro SE S tronic - As Audi continues to grow its model range to fill every conceivable market niche, the gap between the A6 and A8 is now bridged by the new A7 Sportback which offers luxury saloon prestige with coupé style, GT performance and hatchback practicality. But is all that too much to ask of one car?

Road Test Reports Says 4.5 star ratingFull Report
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Infiniti G37 Coupe

S Premium - The first G Coupé from Europe’s newest luxury brand went on sale in the UK in September 2009, but within five months Infiniti had already announced its next in line. Though similar mechanically, the 2010 G37 Coupé has a restyled exterior with an enhanced, better-equipped interior. And it goes like s [...]

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Maserati Quattroporte

4.2 V8 - Buyers of seriously fast and sporty 4-door saloons are spoilt for choice. Audi, AMG Mercedes, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac and Jaguar can all provide, with Aston Martin and Porsche soon to join the fray. The only candidate from Italy is the Maserati Quattroporte, but it’s a highly worthy contender.

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Audi A8

3.0-litre TDI - A beautiful car; the diesels should be the popular choice as they offer economy and power. You may be forgiven for thinking that you are driving on glass; such is softness of the ride.

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Audi A8

quattro 4.2 FSI and TDI SE Exec - When Audi first locked horns with the S-Class, 7 Series and Lexus LS back in 1994 its A8 had two major Unique Selling Propositions: an all-aluminium body and chassis, and all-wheel drive. Sixteen years on those USPs are no longer unique in the luxury executive sector, but the all-new, fourth-generat [...]

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Jaguar XJ

Jaguar has ditched its traditional curvy looks for its luxury flagship after 42 years of evolution. Now, the XJ is all about sharp lines and equally sharp driving dynamics as part of the company’s reinvention as a brand led by design and sporty manners. Time will tell whether this is what XJ custome [...]

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Rolls-Royce Ghost

When BMW bought the rights to the Rolls-Royce name in 2003, the announcement was greeted with a great deal of scepticism. Many critics muttered about how future cars bearing the famous Spirit of Ecstasy symbol would lose the luxury marque’s character and just be big Beemers. The first fruit of the d [...]

Road Test Reports Says 5 star ratingFull Report
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Bentley Mulsanne

The Mulsanne is the first all-new bespoke Bentley in 80 years and is an important model for a company that took a bit of a beating during the recession (sales fell from 10,014 to 4,700 between 2007 and 2009). A £220,000 luxury limousine with a sporting twist that is in keeping with Bentley’s Le Mans [...]

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Bentley Continental GTC

The Bentley GTC has very few rivals. This car is certainly the best in its class and it is very easy to live with on a day to day basis. Of course the car not cheap to buy, but residuals are good.

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Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The bigger brother to the Bentley Continental GT and GTC, the Continental Flying Spur is exactly what you would expect; fabulous performance, enough to put the frighteners up any supercar (two and a half tonnes of car capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds!) and with all the usual Bentley refinement you [...]

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Lexus LS

LS600h - standard and L - Toyota is the world’s largest car manufacturer, and Lexus is its luxury brand, so you’d expect the flagship of the Lexus range to be something special. With the world’s first V8/hybrid power, the first hybrid with all-wheel-drive and even the first human body sensing temperature control, the LS600h [...]

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Luxury Cars consumer car reviews

BMW 7-Series

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 18 reviews )

Jaguar XJ

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 12 reviews )

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

4 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 8 reviews )

Audi A7 Sportback

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 7 reviews )

Audi A8

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 7 reviews )

Lexus CT

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 4 reviews )

Lexus LS

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 4 reviews )

Hyundai Grandeur

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 3 reviews )

Maserati Quattroporte

5 stars - average customer rating
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Cadillac STS

4 stars - average customer rating
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