More than 5,000 luxury cars were sold in India in 2006. Demands for vehicles priced at Rs 20 Lakh and above have increased. Car loans have also come up with competitive equated monthly installments (EMIs) to attract the common masses. Top of the line cars like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi are available at EMI close to premium cars like Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord.
Following are the Top 10 Luxury Cars in India
2009 Skoda Superb
The new Superb is a refurbished model. It is new in most of the aspects right from its sophisticated engine. Powered by 1.8-litre Turbocharged petrol engine, it has a power of 160 bhp. The engine is mated with 7-speed automatic transmissions. Other interior comforts include electric sunroof, 12-way electrically adjustable driver and passenger seat, 6.5-inch LCD TFT touch screen among many others.
New Camry is more sophisticated than outgoing models. It is available in manual and automatic transmissions and has a 2.4-litre engine generating an impressive 167 bhp. Estimated fuel economy with Toyota Camry is 8/11 km/hour. Toyota has used HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps to improve straight-line visibility.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a blend of technology, luxury and safety. The main objective is to give it a more purposeful and sportier stance at first glance. The highlights are the new surface grain, matt-look finish and better quality switches. The 1.8L petrol engine in the C 200 Kompressor variants generates 158 bhp and the 2.2L diesel engine in the C 220 CDI produces 141 bhp.
A4 is a compact luxury car with good agility and composure even when driven hard. The attractive looks, bullet-proof build and friendly dynamics makes the car worthy its price. It is available in two variants and powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol motor that generates 163 bhp and a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine that produces 140 bhp.
2009 BMW 3 Series
Though it ranks among the lower-rung BMW models, yet it is from the ultimate driving machine. The BMW 3 series is a lovely car for India. This is among the BMW’s least priced models. Among the variants include the 320i and 325i petrol, 320d and 320d Highline diesel are all modified. Front and rear Parking Distance Control (PDC) sensors, redesigned headlamp clusters with LED, twin exhausts, all-new LED tail lamps are other features.
BMW 6 Series Coupe
The 6 Series 650i coupe was launched in 2007 with a powerful 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine with an output of 362 bhp. It offers the option of three gearbox-six-speed manual transmission and six-speed sequential manual transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers superb engineering quality and ride comfort. It comes in two petrol variants and one diesel variants. The petrol variants have two types of engines a 1.8L Inline-4 engine and 3.0L V-6 engine. The diesel variant is powered by 3.0-litre V-6 engine paired with a 7-speed automatic.
Volvo cars are extremely popular in the US and have been imported by the creamy layer of the Indian society. Volvo vehicles are popularly known as one of the safest in the world. Volvo S80 sports an elegant and stately design. It is also available in choice of engines. In petrol, it comes with a 235 bhp 3.2-litre Inline-6 engine and In diesel, it is offered with a single option of a 183 bhp, 2.5L Turbodiesel Inline- 5 engine.311 bhp, 4.4L V-8 engine.
BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series is the fastest 4 door sedan in its segment. Available in four variants, the car comes in choices of three engines. The petrol versions come with a 2.3-litre, a 2.5-litre, and a 3.0-litre engine. 5 series offers additional features like an electrical glass roof with sliding and tilting functions.
2009 BMW 7 Series
BMW introduced the 7 Series in India with the same specifications that it offers all over the world. Integral Active Steering, Dynamic Damper Control, Head-Up Display and Night Vision, EfficientDynamics and Black panel technology for the instrument cluster are some of the innovative and exotic features of the BMW 7 Series. It is indeed one of the top luxury cars in India.