Best (and worst) used luxury cars for £25,000
Luxury cars need to combine a sumptuous interior with a cosseting ride. Here we count down the top 10 for £25k – and reveal the one to avoid...
If what you desire in a car is a sumptuous interior with plenty of space to lounge, as well as a soft and cosseting ride, all the performance and technology that money can buy and the sort of refinement that makes it possible to cross a continent in one day without reaching for the headache tablets, then what you need is a luxury car. The trouble with most of them is that they cost an awful lot of money, but, if you wait for them to age a little, like a fine wine maybe, the very best of them can come within your reach for the price of a new SUV.
Here we’ve found ten of the very best luxury cars, and you can buy a good used example of each for a mere £25,000. Take a look at the cars we’ve picked and see if one of them tempts you into a life of luxury.
Best used luxury cars for less than £25,000
If you’re after a premium badge, and if you’re spending this sort of money on a used luxury car there’s a good chance that you will be, then you can do no better than a Maserati. As if this striking four-door saloon wasn’t rakish enough, there’s that famous trident badge and that name so redolent of racing success. Inside, all is wonderful wood and leather interior, and it’s packed with all the kit you’ll ever want. It sounds nice, too, and if it’s not quite as good to drive or as comfortable to be in as it looks, consider the fact that you can buy a clean 2012 example of this Italian thoroughbred, with a mere 30,000 miles on the clock, from a specialist dealer for the price of a new Nissan Qashqai. Buy a diesel and you can even afford a 2015 model.
We found: 2012 4.7 S, 30,000 miles, £24,450
9. BMW 7 Series
Another luxury limo stuffed with tech, the 7 Series has always been one of the best of the breed to drive. You can punt it down a winding road with surprising confidence, or cruise down a motorway from its beginning to its end. It’s impressively clean and frugal, too, for a car of this size, with the chosen 730d version boasting a six-cylinder diesel engine of unusual refinement. Inside is a spacious and luxurious interior fit for any captain of industry, with plenty of up-to-the-minute kit. There's a newer, higher-tech 7 Series now on the new and used car forecourts, so this could well be the time to pick up this model. BMW quality is assured, too.
We found: 2015 730d M Sport, 25,000 miles, £23,500
There are few cars more iconic than the imperious Range Rover. Its very name is now synonymous with on-road luxury and unparalleled off-road ability, a 4x4 as likely to be found on a school run in a posh part of London as it is on a hillside in Wales, and a car you can guarantee will be magnificently and uniquely competent at both. You sit high, in comfortable seats with room for five, surrounded by wood and leather. It’ll cruise quietly down a motorway all day long and the ride is relaxing. The only question mark lies over its build quality, or shortage of it, but if you do end up spending a lot of time on the hard shoulder there’s no finer place in which to do it.
We found: 2012 4.4 TDV8 Vogue SE, 40,000 miles, £24,995
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