When it comes to the best Father’s Day gift a father could get, there’s nothing as exciting as receiving a luxury car from the family. Besides the fact that you are getting a whole lot more in terms of quality, top luxury cars from a reputable brand also offers a certain social status and beauty in detail that is too irresistible to not flaunt out to the world.
Planning to get a gift for your dad this Father’s Day and have serious cash to spare? How about buying a luxury car?
But for the hardworking dad who dreams of something more than owning and driving the typical family car, a luxury car is a dream purchase. To experience the top-notch engineering and performance of top luxury cars whenever you want to is the ultimate thrill.
But what exactly constitutes a luxury car? And why are some of today’s top luxury cars priced like a condo for sale, a house and lot for sale, or lots for sale at an exclusive residential development?
Top Luxury Cars: More Than Just a Price
Not all top luxury cars made the same or are used for the same purpose. But you certainly need deeper pockets to own and maintain one.
By definition, a luxury car is a vehicle that offers high-quality, upper-level equipment and furnishings, and a far superior quality and performance overall compared to regular cars. Top luxury cars often came from car brands that are known either for their signature design, engineering, motor, style, decadence, or all.
Not all luxury cars are made the same. Some top luxury cars are strictly designed and engineered as speed machines, others are meant for everyday use. Some are the epitome of excessive indulgence that the right amount of money can buy.
Here are additional reasons why top luxury cars are what they are, and why only a few have the privilege of having them:
1. Branding – The top luxury cars are from car brands that are already synonymous with luxury. Moreover, these luxury cars have a long tradition of cars that only the rich and affluent can enjoy.
2. Limited quantities – Unlike regular cars, which are mass-produced in factories, top luxury cars are produced in limited quantities. As such, top luxury cars are often hard to find or require buyers to put in a certain interest or pre-order to reserve the prized vehicle for them. The more popular the top luxury car, the harder it is to get one.
3. Signature quality – Materials, car parts, and equipment are made in the best specifications and technology. As such, everything down to the screw is of the highest degree of materials and car parts, with some hand-made specifically for the luxury car. And because they are made exclusively for the luxury car, any customization or repair is done through the car dealership where the vehicle was bought or at an auto shop partner authorized by the car brand.
4. Highmaintenance – Top luxury cars require specific car maintenance so that it performs as it is designed and engineered to be. This requires the best maintenance equipment and handled by specialist technicians.
5. Premium over time – Unlike regular cars, luxury cars gain notoriety if they are in tiptop shape over time. More often than not, they are also traded or sold off like high-prized collectibles. The more vintage a luxury car is, the more value it fetches at the secondary markets. And if you happen to own a well-maintained, top luxury car that has long been discontinued by the auto brand, it can easily fetch millions of pesos (or even dollars) with the right buyer as compared to a high-end condo for sale or several prime lots for sale.
The Ferrari 458 Italia in red is a mid-engine supercar thanks to its renowned design, engine, and performance. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
First showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ferrari 458 Italia (Type F142) is a mid-engine sports car produced by a famous Italian automobile manufacturer. Fetching a price starting at a whopping 22 million pesos, it replaced Ferrari’s F430, and later succeeded by the 488 GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta). This top luxury car is said to be designed with technologies developed by Ferrari’s experience in the Formula One race car series.
Automobile lovers love its aerodynamically influenced body, which is available in a coupe and a Spider convertible style, and its capability of turning heads at a thousand paces. The cabin is also of high quality, and that all major controls were designed with the focus of driving a Formula One-influenced steering wheel.
The Ferrari 458 Italia can easily rival other top luxury cars such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Porsche 911, and McLaren 650S, This is because of the performance levels offered by its 4.5-liter V8 in the coupe body version, and the 4.4-liter V8 in the Spider convertible version.
Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer released by the car brand under the Volkswagen AG management. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
If you want to own a high-end, luxury grand tourer, you would need to drop at least 20 million pesos to own one. The Bentley Continental GT may be the first Bentley that was produced using mass production manufacturing techniques, but it does not falter as a top luxury car.
Faster, more dynamic, and more engaging than ever, this Bentley model is a testament to the power of the Volkswagen group. V8 and W12 models are distinct according to the engine of choice and body styles (coupe or convertible). Then, car buyers have the option to select any of the available specification option packages, including the opulent Mulliner Driving Specification, which can rack an additional 845 thousand pesos.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a big-engine, small-body setup type of vehicle with a dog-leg manual that makes it one of the top luxury cars coveted by aficionados today. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a special car even by purists, thanks to the addition of a dog-leg manual transmission, which provides a level of engagement. Moreover, the dog-leg manual transmission comes as a no-cost option, transforming this Aston Martin model into a brilliant car according to enthusiasts.
The V12 Vantage S is said to be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), which is great for car buyers who desire to fill that need for speed. The exhaust of the V12 Vantage S is also inspired by Aston Martin’s own One-77 model.
Retailing at somewhere around the 13.5 million peso range, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a nice addition to car buyers who are looking to invest in car collectibles.
BMW 7 Series 740Li
The BMW 7 Series 740Li may not look like your typical top luxury car, but overall it is a great luxury car to own, especially if you are looking into buying a talented limo. Image from autodeal.com.ph.
Among enthusiasts, the BMW 7 Series 740Li is something they would love to add to their collection. It even looks like a regular big car. But this particular car can pit its own with a Mercedes S-Class, which is the standard in the big limo sector. Buyers will love this luxury car’s powertrains because it is beautifully put together. On the other hand, the infotainment is too complex to be configured, like any other big car.
The BMW 7 Series 740Li is sold around the 10.5 million pesos range.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport by Land Rover offers the ultimate combo of luxury, performance, and off-road ability. Image from landrover.com.
If you’re looking for your first luxury car investment, look no further than the Range Rover Sport by Land Rover. This vehicle is included in our top luxury cars because of its ability to offer supreme comfort and exceptional functionality for a sports vehicle. Designed for impact, the body is of a cleaner, sportier design with a powerful, muscular stance, giving off a contemporary feel. It comes with the standard convenience and safety features, and it offers strong engine performance. It also has a drive-focused cockpit that can get you from zero to 100kph in 4.5 seconds.
The price is also quite up there as compared to the other top luxury cars on this list. You can get Range Rover Sport by Land Rover at around the 9.2 million peso range.
For the dad who wants to keep it family-friendly
These top luxury cars will not feel out of place among house and lot for sale units in upscale residential developments such as Brittany Sta. Rosa or Vista Alabang.
The Volvo XC90 2020 model got a chic makeover inside out. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
If you still have young kids, you will naturally want to invest in a car that’s also kid-friendly too. The 2020 model of Volvo XC90 is a perfect balance of style and safety. The new bumper, wheels, and grill made it one of the most stylish SUVs in the market today. The braking and suspension systems were also tweaked to improve the drive.
Moreover, it is roomy enough to fit up to four car seats or boosters – which is great if you don’t like mini-vans. You can also instill a forward-facing car seat in the third row on the passenger side where the tether is located and still have room. Also available in a plug-in hybrid model, the Volvo XC90 makes it the most desirable among mid-sized luxury cars. Prices for the Volvo XC90 start at 2.3 million pesos.
The Acura MDX is great for larger families or car buyers who wanted a roomier third row in their luxury SUV.
If you are on the market for larger luxury SUVs, look no further than the Acura MDX. Produced by Japanese automaker Honda under its Acura luxury nameplate, this luxury car is perfect for larger families. Starting at 2.1 million pesos, you get a strong powertrain (thanks to its V6 engines), poised handling, great gas mileage, and a lot of room. You can fit up to five car seats or boosters, although some experts said some rivals are more upscale and spacious than the former. Nonetheless, it is still regarded in the top half of the luxury mid-size SUV cars.
Just like every other top luxury car, maintenance expenses can be pretty hefty. The average Acura MDX requires maintenance of around 215,000 pesos in a five-year period.
A Ford Expedition will help fuel any dad’s midlife crisis while still able to fulfill all of the functions of a boring minivan in style.
Retailing at the 2.5 million-peso price range, the Ford Expedition is a great top luxury car that offers a robust powertrain, balanced handling, and decent gas mileage. Moreover, it is also commended for its towing capacity, which is great for camping or moving errands. The three rows of seats are not just only child-friendly, but adult-friendly as well, so everyone has more than enough legroom. If you opt for the 8-passenger model, you not only get three full sets of lower anchors and tethers in the second row and two full sets plus an additional tether in third row, you’ll be able to easily fit up to six car seats or boosters. The top luxury car also has an intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is great to entertain everybody during longer rides.
Unlike the luxury mid-size Acura MDX, the Acura RDX has a smaller seating capability and a different interior layout. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
The 2021 Acura RDX is a top luxury car that, like the Acura MDX, comes with the numerous standard safety and tech features enough for your first luxury car investment. At the 1.8 million-peso price range, you get features including a 272-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.
From the two rows to the cargo area, the Acura RDX is quite roomy as long as you don’t put in oversized things. It can definitely hold its weight and carriage for a big grocery or supply run.
The Cadillac XT5 (short for Crossover Touring 5) is a compact luxury car by General Motors.
The Cadillac XT5 was first introduced at both the Dubai Motor Show and LA Auto Show back in November 2015 and is the second model to use the auto brand’s new alphanumeric naming scheme (after the CT6) and the first in the Crossover Touring (XT) series. It quickly became Cadillac’s best-selling model in the United States and the world.
For its 2020 model, the Cadillac XT5 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine on all trims and an improved entertainment system. Families can easily fit two car seats or boosters with much ease. A Cadillac XT5 now fetches in the 1.8 million-peso range.