Luxury is relative to every individual’s personality and taste.

One person, might consider Rolls Royce the most luxurious car, while someone else can give that credit to a Mercedes-Maybach.

It really boils down to what luxury is to one person vs the other, and what their definition of the “most luxurious car” is.

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So what makes a car luxurious?

The term luxury is personal to everyone. This is very relative to what someone considers “luxurious”. To figure what makes a car luxurious, we need to truly understand why people buy luxury cars?

People buy luxury cars for many reasons – here are some of the core ones.

Status Symbol

A luxury car can represent a person’s status in society. It signifies their elite standing and mindset, and separates them from the rest.

Stand out of the Crowd

Owning a luxury car can help them stand out of crowd. It can make them feel important, uncommon – and unique. It enables them to elevate their identity to a level that is not shared by many.

Milestones / Career Accomplishments

Some people buy luxury cars as a reward for their hard work. They prefer buying a luxury car, when they achieve a certain milestone. Or when they get to a place in their career that they are proud of.

They have more intrinsic reasons to own a luxury vehicle – however, they don’t shy away if they need to flaunt their success off.

Showing off / Keeping up with the Joneses

Sadly, there are pretentious neighbourhoods where people just buy things to show off. Or as the saying goes – to keep up with the Joneses. I still feel this is a shallow reason, but I don’t want to sound too judgemental.

Peer Influence

Sometimes peer influence can push someone to buy luxury cars, or own items they don’t need. To illustrate this, imagine a realtor who deals with celebrities, and buys/sells properties to them. If this is the type of clientele, or peer group he (or she) operates in, they need to keep up to stay in business.

Affordable Luxury Cars Possess All the Luxury Essentials

When people visualize a “luxury version” of something (in this case, the most luxurious car), they may consider it expensive, and not affordable by the population at large.

They expect it to be of super premium quality. They want it to be more durable and reliable than other average vehicles in the market.

And it’s a given, that any luxury car needs to be super comfortable.

These are the essentials of buying a basic luxury car – also called the “affordable luxury cars.” Beyond these factors, every factor falls within the preferential luxury criteria.

Most entry-level luxury vehicles come packed with basic luxury essentials. Car manufacturers usually target the emerging affluent class of young professionals.

This audience is ambitious and are big on buying an affordable luxury car to maintain a certain lifestyle and image.

Preferential Luxury is What Defines a True Luxury Car Buyer

For some people, buying the most expensive car in the world, may reflect their elite status in the society. And that elite status is their preferential luxury criteria based on price.

In this case, price dictates their definition of the most luxurious car.

A different person, might select her luxury car purely based on cutting-edge design and classy looks. She might have all the money in the world, but she’d consider unique design as the core factor in defining their most luxurious car.

Rarity also plays an important role for the elite class. It’s called rare luxury.

There are car manufacturers, who make only a handful number of cars a year.

And then there are those who want all of the above features in what they consider their most luxurious car.

Top 4 Contenders of the Most Luxurious Car Spot

We feel that there are 4 main contenders for the Most Luxurious Car spot, and we’ve covered them for you in this post. We’ve taken all the preferential luxury factors in consideration while building this list.

You might disagree with a few (or all of them). If you do, don’t blame us.

That would be because of the varying tastes in preferential luxury factors that we talked about. If you have (or wish you had) the money, which of these would be your most luxurious car?

Most Luxurious Car Contender No. 1: 2017 Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 (II)

2017 Rolls Royce Ghost Series II - World's Most Expensive Car

Everyone has probably heard of Rolls Royce being the world’s most expensive car. It’s one of those ultimate luxury dream cars that everyone aspires to buy someday – if they get rich enough.

I’ve always been fascinated by how unique a Rolls Royce looks – and the Rolls Royce Ghost 2017, definitely commands a class and respect of its own.

Rolls Royce has always positioned itself within the elite luxury category, and sells slightly above 4,000 cars globally every year (all models included).

2017 Rolls Royce Ghost Price

So how much does a Rolls Royce Ghost cost? A new 2017 Rolls Royce Ghost will cost you between USD $295,850 and USD $329,325 based on a leading auto website. You can snoop around on James Edition to find some used Rolls Royce Ghost for sale.

It does cost you a fortune, but if you are lucky enough to buy Rolls Royce Ghost 2017 (or can afford to), the price you pay will gain you extreme personal credibility within the elite circles.

2017 Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 Look Book

 

Most Luxurious Car Contender No. 2: Bentley Mulsanne 2017

2017 Bentley Mulsanne - World's Most Luxurious Car

Bentley Mulsanne 2017 is our personal favorite. There is just something about the aesthetics of this car, that makes us really want to buy it someday (our preferential luxury criteria). Bentley is known for making cars that are fast, silent and smooth – you’ll never even feel the transmission shift even if you’re speeding at it’s top speed of 296 km/h.

The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne features a V8 6¾-litre twin-turbo engine, with 530 horsepower – and it does zero to 100 in 4.8 seconds. That is super fast for a luxury sedan!

No wonder Bentley leads in a performance luxury car category of it’s own, and has been selling about 10,000 cars globally for a few years.

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Price

So how much is a Bentley Mulsanne for?

Bentley Canada has priced 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Signature version at CAD $335,100, 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed at $369,200, and 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheel Base version at CAD $400,000.

There are a number of used Bentley Mulsanne for sale on James Edition, if you’re interested.

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Look Book

 

Most Luxurious Car Contender No. 3: 2018 Mercedes-Maybach G-Class G650 Laundaulet

Mercedes-Maybach-G650-Most-Expensive-SUV-(Best-Luxury-SUV)

If you’re into boxy SUVs, you might be interested in the 2018 Mercedes-Mayback G650 Laundaulet – dubbed the most luxurious SUV (and probably the most expensive SUV) ever made.

It features a V12 turbo engine, with 630 horsepower. The interior is covered in leather and features countless screens. If you drive around with a chauffeur, you also have the option of closing the gap with a glass partition for privacy.

Now this is another level of preferential luxury. An elite luxury vehicle, that’s also an off-roader? Not our cup of tea, but I’m pretty sure there is a market for such vehicles in the Middle East.

2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Price

We still don’t know how much it will actually cost yet- but an estimated base price of USD $550,000 have been established by Car and Driver.

Within the 4 contenders here, 2018 Maybach G650 seems to be the most expensive SUV in the world (and the second most expensive car in this list). And considering this an off-roader, it might just be the most durable and the most reliable luxury cars ever made.

2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Look Book

 

Most Luxurious Car Contender No. 4: 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom

2017 Rolls Royce Phantom

Another Rolls Royce, the Rolls Royce Phantom 2017, makes the list. The 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom is a luxury car for perfectionists. It’s hand-crafted by 60 pairs of skilled hands – with quality artisanship and craftsmanship in both the exterior and the interior of the car.

The 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom boasts a V12 engine – 6.7 litres (similar to the Ghost), with 453 horsepower.

You can imagine the level of detail, and why these cars are so expensive.

2017 Rolls Royce Phantom Price

The Rolls Royce Phantom is more expensive vs the Rolls Royce Ghost, possible because of a higher level of craftsmanship. The 2017 Phantom (Rolls Royce) can cost you anywhere between CAD $460,000 and CAD $587,233 (estimated).

This is the world’s most expensive car based on this list of best luxury cars that money can buy.

2017 Rolls Royce Phantom Look Book

 

The Verdict: World’s Most Luxurious Car

So what is your criteria for buying a luxury car? What are the preferential luxury factors you will consider?

Is there anything that we’ve missed out here? We’re sure there might be other cars that you think would make the world’s most luxury car list.

Which car do you think should be considered the most luxurious car? We’ve already mentioned this before – but might as well do it again – our favorite is the Bentley Mulsanne.

Let us know what you think.