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Best and worst luxury cars 2017

Luxury cars need to be opulent enough to tempt people used to the best of everything, and as good to drive as they are to be driven in. Here we count down the top 10 – and name the ones to avoid

Words ByClaire Evans

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The best luxury cars

Luxury cars are among the most comfortable and refined in the world. However, the best also have sumptuous interiors complete with high-tech entertainment systems, and loads of space for rear-seat passengers.

Running costs might seem less important, but many luxury saloons are run as company cars, so low CO2 emissions are a must and fuel efficiency is a consideration.

The market ranges from executive cruisers such as the Audi A6, through to some of the most expensive cars on the road, including the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Below we name the top 10 luxury cars on sale right now – and the ones to avoid.

10. Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is obviously a very expensive choice, with prices starting from around Β£225,000, but that still makes it something of a bargain compared with the larger Phantom. As you'd expect from Rolls-Royce, the Ghost's interior is covered in the finest materials available and it's comfortable for both driver and passengers. There's a powerful 6.6-litre V12 engine under the bonnet, too, providing you with a heady 563bhp.

Our pick: EWB

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9. Mercedes CLS

Like the Audi A7, the Mercedes CLS is designed to appeal to those who want a swoopy luxury coupΓ© but who also need space for the family. However, the CLS is slightly more enjoyable to drive, thanks to its more precise steering. The interior is appealing, too, because it's comfortable, classy and loaded with kit. Only the slightly dated and distracting infotainment system stops the CLS finishing higher.

Our pick: 350d AMG Line

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8. BMW 7 Series

BMW's latest 7 Series flagship is economical and refined, plus it's available with plenty of impressive gadgets. You can park it remotely using the key, while inside the excellent iDrive infotainment system is complemented by gesture controls that let you decline an incoming phone call with a swipe of your hand and change the stereo volume by rotating your finger in the air. Despite being a huge car, the 7 Series is also fun to drive, but the rival Mercedes S-Class rides more comfortably.

Our pick: 730Ld

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Read on to see more of our favourite luxury cars, and the ones to avoid

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