10 Top Luxury Cars

Nissan Teana

One of the latest luxuries to ride on Indian roads comes with the Japanese eye for stability and performance. It conveys refinement and class and the name Teana is inspired from a native American word which means dawn . Under the hood it features a 2.3-liter V-6 engine that runs on naturally aspirated gasoline and delivers an impressive power of 166 bhp. It is available only in a single petrol variant. The interiors have a fresh expression with a third color being added in addition to the traditional two-tone seating and instrument panel. The latest technology includes the electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. The price for this model starts from Rs 20.5 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb is a perfect combination of design, luxury, performance, and safety. Superb is comfortably placed at a class higher than the latest D-segment cars and a point below the Mercedes C-Class. It is thoughtfully conceptualized and uniquely designed for Indian tastes. It is available in Petrol and Diesel versions. The petrol variant runs on a 2.8-liter V-6 engine that churns out 190 bhp and delivers an estimated fuel economy of 6/8 km/l (city/highway). The diesel variant comes with a 2.5L V-6 engine that produces 163 bhp and an estimated fuel economy of 8 km/l in the city and 13 km/l on the highway. Both engines are coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Superb can touch 60 km/l in just 5.34 seconds. AC and tinted glass give the utmost comfort to passengers who want to avoid the Indian heat. The price of the model starts close to Rs 20.5 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


Toyota Camry

Aggressively styled with a cool interior and a sweeter, more responsive engine, the new Camry is infinitely more exciting than the outgoing model. However, the rear seats are not as comfy as before and it is more expensive too. It carries the Toyota mark all over it. It is available in manual and automatic transmissions and has a 2.4-litre engine generating an impressive 167 bhp. The Automatic variant is equipped with an all-new five-speed transmission system with ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission). Estimated fuel economy is 8/11 km/l (city/highway). Toyota has used HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps with auto-leveling feature for the Camry’s headlamps to help improve straight-line visibility, thereby enhancing safety standards. A retractable headlamp cleaner gives the driver the option of cleaning the headlamps at the push of a button from the luxurious confines of the cabin, ensuring clear visibility even in bad weather. Price starts from a little over Rs. 21 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Volkswagen Passat

Passat with its sculpted look and taut surface provides an air of sophistication that leaves cars like the Skoda Superb looking distinctly pedestrian. The interiors are classy like all cars wearing the VW badge. The 16-valve, 140 bhp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine provides adequate punch, especially in the mid-range where the torque flows thick and fast. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an estimated fuel economy of 10/13.5 km/l (city/highway). VW has armed the Passat with a new set of clothes, better performance and features that will propel it from a mainstream European saloon to a more inspirational one. But, one innovative feature that will be appreciated by buyers in India will be the electronic parking brake. The Passat is imported directly from Germany, but after VW finally puts a factory in India together, the Passat could be made from knocked-down kits, which would lower the customs duty and hence, the current starting price that is close to Rs. 23 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact bundle of technology, safety, and luxury. It is called the stepping stone to the three-pointers club. The C220 CDI offers scintillating performance. One of the objectives of the redesigned C-Class was to give it a more purposeful, sportier stance; at first glance, the modified exterior of the face-lifted car exudes a noticeably enhanced and more powerful appearance. A new surface grain and a matt-look finish on several trim parts and better quality switches are the highlight of the new interiors. The 1.8L petrol engine in the C 200 Kompressor variants generates 158 bhp, while the 2.2L diesel engine in the C 220 CDI produces 141 bhp. All variants are available with either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The estimated fuel economy is 7/11 km/l (city/highway). The price of a C-Class starts close to Rs. 25 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


BMW 3 Series

BMW was the first among the foreign car makers to realize the growing potential of the Indian market. It rolled out the 3 Series and also started locally assembling the car to get across the 112% import duty on luxury cars making its products cheaper and more affordable to the buyer. The 3 Series is an executive sedan that is sure to give the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 a run for their money. It is the ultimate driving machine here, but with a sparse dealership network, limited only to Delhi and Chennai. Its high quality interiors buzzing with techno gadgetry along with a strong build and brilliant handling make it a winner in the luxury car makes. Its only complaint is that the 320i motor is not up to enthusiast standards and ride quality is harsh. The 2.0L engine generates 156 bhp in the diesel version and 136 bhp in the petrol version. A 6-speed automatic transmission promises new thrills and comfort. The estimated fuel economy is 11/19 km/l (city/highway). The price for this model starts close to Rs. 27 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


Audi A4

The A4 is a brilliantly executed compact luxury car that displays good agility and composure even when driven hard. Its front wishbone suspension is well tied in with the rear and as a result you enjoy cornering the car hard. With its attractive looks, bullet-proof build, and friendly dynamics, the A4 is worthy of its price. Available in two variants, the A4 is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol motor that generates 163 bhp and a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine that produces 140 bhp. A 7-speed Multitronic transmission is standard. The estimated fuel economy is 9/15 km/l (city/highway). The Audi A4 price starts at Rs. 28 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series is the fastest 4-door sedan in its segment with a top speed of 205 mph. It is available in four variants that have three engine options. The petrol versions come with a 2.3-liter, a 2.5-liter, and a 3.0L engine that generate between 187 bhp to 215 bhp. The 3.0-liter diesel engine produces 175 bhp. The 5 Series comes with additional features like an electrical glass roof with sliding and tilting function, headlight beam-throw control, an automatic HiFi loudspeaker system, a Bose audio system, anti-dazzle mirrors, steering wheel with multifunction buttons, park distance control, sun-blinds for rear window, and Xenon lights including a headlight washer system. The base model price starts from Rs 37 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


Volvo S80

Swedish car maker Volvo formally entered India with the official launch of the S80 sedan. Volvo cars are very popular in the US and European markets and have been imported by the creamy layer of Indian society for a long time. Volvo is lauded for introducing new safety features and their vehicles are popularly known as one of the safest in the world. The Volvo S80 sports an elegant (though not sleek) and stately design. The S80 is available in a choice of three engines. In petrol, it comes with choices of a 235 bhp 3.2-litre Inline-6 engine and a performance-oriented 311 bhp, 4.4L V-8 engine. In diesel, it is offered with a single option of a 183 bhp, 2.5L Turbodiesel Inline- 5 engine. All engines are coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the option of a manual transmission is unavailable. The S80 is currently available in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh as completely built units imported from Sweden. The price starts from Rs 38 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is for society’s movers and shakers. E-class comes with great engineering quality and ride comfort. It is sold in two petrol variants and one diesel variant. The petrol variants host two types of engines: a 1.8L Inline-4 engine that produces 156 bhp and a 3.0L V-6 engine that generates 228 bhp, which are coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The diesel variant is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that is paired with a 7-speed automatic and produces 196 bhp. The E-Class starts its bidding at Rs. 40.72 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


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