The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

As the car industry continues to change on what seems like a daily basis, there are a select few brands that remain synonymous with luxury. Technological advancements have allowed these companies to combine innovation and tradition to create a new age of luxury vehicles. The new models offer the same authentic feel as their predecessors, but they include all the bells and whistles offered in the industry today. Here are the top five global luxury car brands.  


BMW might be the most versatile brand on the list, offering anything from a high-end roadster to a family station wagon. BMW is known for its sleek designs and vehicle reliability. In fact, the 2017 BMW 4-Series was voted best luxury small car by the U.S. News & World Report. The final report for 2016 revealed that BMW broke its worldwide sales record for the sixth year in a row.


Mercedes-Benz has been improving their model lineup year after year, and at the end of 2016, the German car manufacturer officially passed BMW as the top selling luxury car brand in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report named the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class the best luxury midsize car and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class the best luxury large SUV on the market.


After a bit of a hiatus, Jaguar stormed back into the luxury car game a few years back. Since then, they have developed some of the most innovative designs in the industry. Typically known for their sedans and sports cars, Jaguar introduced the 2017 F-Pace, which currently ranks third in the luxury compact SUV category. If Jaguar continues to expand their lineup, they will continue to climb the list as one of the top luxury brands in the world.


Competitive pricing and stylish design helps Audi appeal to wider customer base than most typical luxury brands. It does help that they are owned by Volkswagen, but Audi does not slack on any of the details. The brand’s various models often rank at or near the top of their respective categories. In fact, the 2018 Audi Q5 was named the best luxury compact SUV and the best luxury crossover SUV in the industry by the U.S. News & World Report.


Porsche was voted the best luxury car brand of 2017 by the U.S. News & World Report, as its performance-based lineup ranks near the top of almost every luxury car category. For example, Porsche models hold the top spot in luxury sports cars, luxury convertibles, and luxury midsize SUVs, with a number of top 3 finishes in additional categories as well. The Porsche Cayenne added something to the brand’s lineup of vehicles that it lacked in the past; versatility. The high-end SUV provides a spacious family vehicle with off-roading capabilities and the same cutting-edge performance that is often associated with Porsche.