Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £10,000

Luxury cars need to combine a sumptuous interior with a cosseting ride. Here, we count down the top 10 for £10k – and reveal the one to avoid...

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Mark Pearson
2 Nov 2017 08:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Luxury cars are the ones we really all secretly aspire to own. Who can deny that they’re not after a bit of comfort in a car, and a lot of opulence too, given half a chance? Of course, what puts everyone off is the hefty price tag. But it’s possible to buy some of the very best luxury cars for a mere £10,000, if you shop for a used one. Here, we’ve assembled 10 of the very best for you to consider. Take a look and see if any could tempt you into a life of luxury for not much more than the price of a new Renault Twizy.

Best used luxury cars for less than £10,000

10. Volkswagen Phaeton

Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £10,000

It may look a little like a puffed-up Passat, but the understated Phaeton is a genuinely impressive luxury limo, packed full of Volkswagen’s best technology. It’s large and exquisitely made. But the real star of the show is the lavish and spacious interior, which is rammed with kit and features amazingly comfortable leather seats. It’s an iron fist in a velvet glove, in a way, because it’s good to drive and, in this 3.0-litre diesel V6 form, even reasonably economical.

Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £10,000

This generation Lexus LS succeeds in exactly the same way the very first one succeeded in 1989 – it’s a luxury machine that does a splendid – perhaps even unparalleled – job of protecting its occupants from the outside world. If its quietness and soothing ride don’t win you over, its interior quality will. It’s loaded with kit, too, as well as all the high-tech paraphernalia you could possibly need or even want. That such refinement could now be yours for well under £10k makes the big Lexus a remarkably tempting proposition.

We found LS 460 SE-L, 2007 (07), 90,000 miles, full history, £8950

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8. BMW 7 Series

Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £10,000

For our £10k limit, you’re looking at a very good example of the fourth-generation 7 Series – a car that, like most of its previous generations, is almost synonymous with luxury limo-motoring and driving pleasure. At the time, its styling was so modern as to be quite controversial; but in this 730d version, the most popular option, you get an enticing blend of performance and economy, not to mention all the latest tech and plenty of goodies.

We found 730d SE LWB, 2008 (08), 71,000 miles, service history, £9790

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Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £10,000