The top luxury sedans list is topped by the usual heavy hitters such as Mercedes Benz and Audi, but this year we’ve had a few sleepers pop up in our top 5. With this new rising Korean automaker making waves in the US and elsewhere look out for the G90 on our list!
Mercedes Benz S-class
The Mercedes-Benz S-class has always been synonymous with luxury, and it continues that proud tradition. Sedan models are powered by either a 362-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (S450) or a 463-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 (S560, although more power is available in the AMG-branded versions that appear elsewhere in this roundup). Rear-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic are standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Coupe and convertible models get the V-8. In keeping with the car's flagship status, the S-class can be loaded to the gills with technology, including active body control and enhanced autonomous-driving functions.
Mercedes-AMG S63 / S65
These Teutonic chariots mix sumptuous luxury with earthshaking power. Hinting at their potency with huge air intakes, big wheels, and quad tailpipes, the lineup — available as a sedan as well as a coupe and a cabriolet — starts with the 603-hp twin-turbo V-8 and nine-speed automatic in the all-wheel-drive S63 and tops out with the 621-hp twin-turboV-12 in the S65 that sends a whopping 738 lb-ft to the rear wheels only. The cabins are awash in leather, carbon fiber, and all the technological and comfort-driven trappings of a modern Mercedes.
The A8 is the luxury sedan king of Audi, packed with tech characteristics including autonomous driving and luxury options— such as a rear-seat passenger foot warmer. A 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 is standard and contains a 48-volt electrical system that supports a low-speed electric engine and acts as a heavy-duty starter engine. (The 48-volt system enables long engine-off times, say, when stopped at lights or in traffic, with no impact on A / C or accessory devices.) All-wheel drive,8-speed automatic and air-spring suspension are standard.
With an elegant style and a first-class car, the G90 is Genesis' first effort at a luxury sedan. (It efficiently replaces the Hyundai-badged Equus that preceded the creation of the Genesis brand.) Few alternatives are available, as almost every conceivable characteristic is standard. Highlights include a touchscreen with 12.3 inches of infotainment, adjustable dampers, a head-up display, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Two motors are available— a 365-hp 3.3-literV-6 twin-turbo and a 5.0-literV-8 420-hp— both with an automatic eight-speed drive and an all-wheel drive.
Clean Swedish fashion distinguishes the Volvo S90 in the sedan arena of luxury. (That and the S90's accessible station-wagon brothers, the V90 and tougher-looking V90 Cross Country.) Some sophisticated security technology resides beneath the lovely skin of the Volvo— as one hopes from the product that is almost synonymous with security. The interior is similarly gorgeous and well-appointed, while buyers can choose from between three powertrains ranging from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder to that same blown and turbo'd four mated to a plug-in hybrid setup.