For most of us gents, driving our own car is great. Fun, even. But there are some people who reach a point in their lives where they’d much rather kick back, relax and let someone else take the wheel. If you’re one of those people, read on, as we show you four of the best cars right now that cater primarily to backseat passengers.
The very last word in luxury car-making, the Rolls-Royce Phantom just oozes style and class, and is the wheels of choice for some of the world’s highest rollers, including Lord Sugar and Snoop Dogg.
It’ll be the most comfortable ride of your life. Sheepskin rugs, rear armchair seats, you name it – this is a car that was designed with the passenger firmly in mind. Add to this the myriad bells and whistles on offer (silk and bamboo interiors anyone?) and you’ve got yourself a car that’s not just perfect to be driven around in, it actually makes you wonder why Roll-Royce hasn’t upped the ante yet and started building houses.
Maserati’s latest re-imagining of the classic Quattroporte comes in two versions: the limousine-style GranLusso and the sportier GranSport.
Whichever version you go for, this is a genuinely high-performance car. Maserati called on Ferrari to help out with the engineering, and the result is just the sort of thing you’d expect: 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds for the top model, with a top speed of 190mph. If you want to be chauffeured around in luxury but would still like to enjoy the thrill of the drive, the Quattroporte is the car for you.
The manufacturer says the 5.1 metre long X7 features unrivalled luxury in the 4×4 sector and features a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Priced from £72,155, the X7 features a full-size third row seats whilst chauffeurs can opt for a 7-Series individual style second row of seats with integrated armrests, comfort cushions and cup-holders extended from the front centre console.
At the back of the X7 is a Range Rover style split tailgate with a disappointing 326 litres of boot space due to the folding third row seats. As standard the X7 gets air suspension, a three-part panoramic roof and an optional Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional system comprising of a pair of 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, Blu-ray-compatible DVD player, two USB ports, HDMI socket and two headphone jacks.
Sitting at the top end of the Mercedes S-class range, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a seriously fine-tuned luxury car, able to reach 60mph in just five seconds. Have a high-end client who needs a Truro airport transfer? He’ll sure to be satisfied when your driver pulls up in an S600.
For the onboard entertainment – this tech-playground of a car comes with everything from Wifi connection and 10-inch rear screens to wireless headphones and a 12.3-inch infotainment system up front. If that isn’t enough, the First Class Cabin version also features split rear seats that recline to a whopping 43.5 degrees, as well as temperature-controlled cup holders, a fridge and silver-plated champagne flutes (of course).
If you’ve ever wanted an SUV version of the A8, then you’ll dreams will be coming true in 2018. At over five metres long and a three metre wheelbase, the Audi Q8 will be revealed soon and promises to be just as luxurious as the chauffeurs favourite saloon and will be noticeably larger than the current Q7 range.
Interior technology is expected to be as ground-breaking as you can ever imagine from a new Audi – autonomous driving and electric/ hybrid drivetrains should be all on the cards, whilst an Android operating system is rumoured to be at the heart of the Q8.
British luxury at its very finest, the Bentley Mulsanne gets its name from one of the runs at the legendary Le Mans racing circuit, a nod to the brand’s racing heritage. Unbelievable legroom, for one. The standard model clocks in at over 18ft in length, but it’s the Extended Wheelbase version that takes the cake, adding another foot of legroom on top of that in the rear. And then there’s the fully customisable interior, which lets you fit in pretty much anything your gentlemanly heart desires. Cigar humidor? Sure. Leather that matches your shoes? Done. Wood from your own tree? Why not. Bentley’s in-house personalisation team doesn’t mess around.