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Top Gear's top 10: luxury cars We put our sensible hats on to bring you the 10 best luxury cars out there 1.Jaguar XJ Jaguar’s futuristic range-topping saloon remains a striking car, even three years after launch. For 2014 it was tweaked, with subtly honed suspension settings, better sat nav, a standard eight-speed auto with stop-start plus big improvements in diesel efficiency. Now it’s been facelifted again, with revised engines and interior tech, full-LED headlights and more distinctive ‘J-blade’ daytime running lights. The XJR is still around, with its 550bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and Merc-AMG-like attitude. But now there’s a R-Sport model for those who want the looks but not the fuel bills. There’s a new top-of-the-line Autobiography trim too, for those who like to spend no less than six figures. 9.Porsche Panamera The all-new, second-generation Porsche Panamera. Yep, really. All of its parts are new, even if it does just look like a facelift. Albeit a very successful one: the Panamera has finally grown into its skin, and wears its 911 styling cues better than ever. You may disagree, but we think it looks pretty darn good. 8.Bentley Bentayga £133,100 – £196,590 It’s what happens with the might of the VW Group megazords together to combine all its tech and toys in one ultimate SUV. The Bentley Bentayga is the Crewe marque’s first SUV, and if you we’re being cynical, you’d immediately point out that underneath, this car shares some of its roots with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus, and indeed the VW Touareg. But being a Bentley, it has to be faster than the Porsche, more luxurious than the Audi, more refined than the VW and better off-road than the Lambo. Excess all areas. And you know what? Bentley has succeeded. We can debate the morality of two-tonne-plus SUVs versus their popularity forever, but there’s no doubt that the Bentayga is a tour de force. It’s been around since, so there have been several models of Bentayga so far. The original was the standard W12, powered by a 6.0-litre bi-turbo engine good for 605bhp. That’s now been superseded by the Bentayga Speed, which uses a redeveloped version of the same engine to achieve 626bhp. Too profligate? If you were quick ,you could have got hold of the first and only diesel Bentley ever made: the Bentayga diesel, which used Audi’s 430bhp electro-turbo V8 derv. A magnificently rangey and torque-rich experience, the tide-turn against diesel saw the model killed off in Europe, effectively replaced by a V6 petrol a plug-in hybrid model instead, bolstering the Bentayga’s eco ranks. Sort of. There’s also a V8 petrol model, which is probably the sweet spot of the range, as it is with most Bentleys, truth be told. All Bentaygas are of course four-wheel drive, all weigh north of two tonnes, and all of them seat five people. Apart from the ones optioned like a private jet to seat four instead. Prices? From £130,000, if you avoid the options. As if you would… 7.Rolls-Royce Wraith £251,240 – £288,410 The Wraith is billed as “the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history”. The first bit is easily dealt with: a turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 sends 624bhp to the rear wheels, ten per cent more power than you’ll find even in the new Phantom and Cullinan. As for the most dynamic? Well, you’d argue that’s not difficult, given Rolls has long mastered the art of hefty, comfy cars that are designed to soothe not scintillate. But the Wraith is based upon the Ghost limo, so it’s hardly got a sporting chassis at its core, though its rear axle has been widened and its wheelbase shortened. “The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering,” says Rolls, “while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.” Achieving those high speeds ought to be a doddle; with two turbos, the Wraith has a ginormous 590lb ft of torque available from 1,500rpm, enough to shift its 2.4 tonnes to 60mph in 4.4secs. Quicker than hot hatches with not dissimilar power-to-weight ratios, and quite startling to experience in something with lambs’ wool floor mats. Indeed, it may be the most sporting Rolls ever, but it’s still dripping in luxury. There are four finely proportioned seats, sumptuous materials across most surfaces and head- and leg-room aplenty, even in the rear. Don’t worry, the front seats electrically whirr forward to allow anyone climbing into the back some extra grace. Its £250,000 starting price really is just the start, too. Few Rolls-Royces leave the Goodwood factory without first having been made fully bespoke to their buyer’s needs; colour-matched inside and out, fibre-optic star headlining fitted, the full works. Half the fun of having a Rolls-Royce isn’t driving it (or being driven in it), but the buying process itself. The Wraith is now one of the oldest Rolls-Royces on sale, having arrived in 2013. The Ghost it’s spun from landed in 2010, and its drop-top sibling – the Dawn – started production in 2015. While the new-generation Phantom is sold only as a saloon, the Wraith is the car of choice if you want your Rolls-Royce to take the form of a two-door coupe. 6.BMW 7 Series Well, it used to be the ultimate BMW. A 7 Series was the undisputed flagship. But is that the case any more? Especially now that the X7 exists – a luxury limo in the (ghastly) shape of a seven-seat SUV. There’s the new 8 Series too, which will spawn a four-door saloon version – with an M badge. Certainly, there are other BMWs vying for the title of boss of the family. Meanwhile, BMW’s been listening to what its customers wanted from the 7 to beat the likes of the Mercedes S-Class (traditionally the class-defining leader in the limo set) and the Audi A8. And, what they came up with was a triple-threat approach. “Make it more imposing, make it look more different to a 3 and 5 Series, and give us more novelty features,” said the customers. Well, we can probably tick off tasks 1 & 2. The new 7 Series is a mildly terrifying looking object, thanks mostly to slimmer laser headlights framing a grille that’s 40 per cent bigger than the last version. No kidding. The whole bonnet is 50mm higher to squeeze in the mega grille, all in the name of giving the car more road presence. Lower down, the bumper now has cleaner, slipperier aero, diverting draughts into the front wheelarches and back out again by newly vertical ‘air breather’ vents, which reduce drag. Boy is it bluff to look at. A BMW caricature. In a hall of mirrors. Round the back, the LED lights are now more angular and their lighting elements animate and ‘scroll’ across the car. Apparently the boss of BMW Korea hugged the designers when they demonstrated this, so grateful was he that this gimmick – sorry, novelty – had been built in. Oh, and there’s a full-width light bar at the back, like every other German car these days. Are you not convinced? Are you wretching over your screen? Well frankly, unless you’re in China, BMW doesn’t give a monkey’s. In China, the 7 Series has a 40 per cent market share, and the big grilles and XXL chrome is bang-on for Asian tastes. BMW says it’s also had bags of positive feedback about how the car looks from American and European customers. They seem to be quite difficult to track down, though… Inside, the 7 has been gifted a new centre console layout with flush glossy buttons from the 8 Series, and the new digital dials from right across the BMW range. The highlight is the bodyshell. BMW made use of techniques and production methods devised for the i3 and i8 to trim 40kg from the 7’s chassis, which incorporates bits of carbon fibre (some as long as a normal-sized bloke is tall) for added stiffness, strength and lightness. All told, the new 7 is some 130kg lighter than the old car. A net 200 if you factor in all the added kit, which weighs 70kg by itself. Powertrain wise, the biggest improvements come in the 740Le plug-in hybrid, which can now go up to 36 miles on a charge, thanks to a 40 per cent increase in battery capacity. There’s also an entirely new, and utterly glorious V8, in the 750i, which is great news for American customers but of little note in Britain, where it’ll incur more tax than a cross-channel ferry. The M760Li V12 lives on, albeit dropping below 600bhp because of pesky new particulate filters strangling the power a touch. We doubt you’ll notice. 5.Audi A8 £70,785 – £104,590 A big, important barge of a thing relatively few will buy, and a technical achievement few have the resources or engineering might to match or surpass. It’s the new Audi A8 – the cleverest Audi of all. And so it should be, because if you really want to see what a manufacturer is truly capable of engineering, you look at its flagship. And the A8 is and always had been Audi’s, which is why the new one gets a load of tech’ we haven’t seen before, but almost certainly will on future A6s and A4s. Tech’ like ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’, which delivers “conditional level three autonomy” by taking complete control of the steering, brakes and accelerator on motorways and dual-carriageways. Or the new infotainment system, which pairs Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster with two touchscreens for a largely button-free centre-console. Much of said tech’ can only exist for the 48-volt, water-cooled electrical system that technically makes the A8 an ‘MHEV’, or ‘mild-hybrid electric vehicle’. This all takes some explaining, so more later. More too on the interior, which because the new A8 is bigger than the car it replaces – longer by 32mm and taller by 13 in either short- or long-wheelbase (which adds another 13cm of rear legroom) – is suitably spacious. The car’s heavier too; for all the aluminium, CFRP and magnesium Audi promises it’s used in the more rigid ‘Space Frame’ chassis, it’s almost 100kg up on the old car and lardier than either of its main competitors, the (relatively) featherweight carbon-cored BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. So in the short-term anyway, it’s not massively quick. For starters Brits get a 3.0-litre V6 in either petrol or diesel. An ‘e-tron’ plug-in hybrid (with wireless charging) will follow along with a W12 and 4.0-litre diesel V8. And the one you want is… 4.Bentley Continental GT There’s a key point in Bentley’s timeline that we can call BC: Before Continental. So vital was the first Conti GT – not only for sales, but setting a template and tone for the whole brand – that you could easily argue that were it not for the two-door coupe Bentley might very well not be with us today. The most successful luxury car of modern times? Quite probably. And now it’s into its second generation. It must sell well, and it must still be the focal point for the whole brand, to embody what a Bentley is while the Bentayga SUV makes the big bucks elsewhere in the range. It’s a handsome thing, the new Conti GT, at least in profile, where the front wheels have been shifted forward to improve the weight distribution and drop the engine lower and further back in the chassis. In fact 55 per cent of the weight still sits on those front wheels, but there’s less of it than before – the body alone is 80kg lighter, helping the new Conti GT weigh ‘only’ 2,244kg. But Bentley has made no secret of the fact that a heavy kerb weight actually helps deliver the road-crushing stability and momentum that characterises the way its cars drive. They’re knowingly hefty things. Powerful 48v electrics from the Bentayga are used – among other things – to manage the suspension, with actuators on front and rear anti-roll bars combating body roll. The set 40:60 power split is now fully variable and actually sends 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels as often as possible to the benefit of fuel efficiency and emissions. There are two engines to choose from. Cheapest is the V8, a 4.0-litre twin turbo offering up 550bhp, a 4.0sec 0-62mph time and 198mph top speed. Another eleven grand upgrades you to the big-boy 6.0-litre W12 engine. Basically two V6s on a common crank, it’s carried over from the old Conti albeit modified enough for Bentley to declare it the ‘most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world’. It features cylinder shut off under light loads, while also producing 626bhp and a thumping 664lb ft of torque from a mere 1,350rpm, maintaining that through to 4,500rpm. Performance is better: 0-62mph takes 3.7sec and its top speed is 207mph. Both versions powering all four wheels through an eight-speed gearbox and, should be feel like behaving uncouthly, via a launch control system. Standard specification includes full Matrix LED lights, a 12.3in central touchscreen, wifi, head-up display, night vision, a 650w stereo and 21in wheels. Pricing starts at around £150,000, putting this in direct competition with the likes of the Aston Martin DB11, Mercedes S63 Coupe and Ferrari Portofino. But you won’t be spending that. You’ll be spending much more, getting the stitching to match your shoes, the wood to match the office in your third home, and so on. This is a car made for the bespoke treatment. 3.Rolls-Royce Phantom Since the first Phantom appeared in 1925, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has had its ups and downs. When the outgoing Phantom appeared at the stroke of midnight on January 1st 2003, the company even called it ‘the last great automotive adventure’. Maybe that should have been penultimate, because we’ve just driven the new car, and as internal combustion most likely won’t be around in another 14 years’ time, this really could be The One. Rolls-Royce reckons the Phantom is the barometer by which everyone else in the world of expensive luxury goods measures themselves, so the bar isn’t just raised here, it’s bejewelled and platinum-plated. You know when someone claims to be ‘the Rolls-Royce of watches/furniture/granite-kitchen-worktops’? Well, this is the Rolls-Royce of Rolls-Royces. Rolls says the Phantom’s new spaceframe structure is 30 per cent more rigid than the previous model, a figure that rises significantly in key areas such as suspension and gearbox. This new structure, coincidentally, offers sufficient flexibility to underpin the next wave of Rolls product, its SUV included. The chassis gets an all-new suspension setup, with a double wishbone configuration on the front, a five-link axle at the rear, adaptive dampers, and active anti-roll bars. It’s also the latest car to benefit from four-wheel steering, whose three degrees of counter-steer help shrink the car’s heft at higher speeds, as well as improving low-speed agility. The Phant’s air springs feature bigger chambers than on any previous Rolls, and the tyres are specially developed Continentals whose structure incorporates 2kg of sound absorbent material. There’s 6mm-thick, dual-layer double glazing windows all-round. The body-in-white features the largest-ever cast aluminium joints to enhance sound insulation, and overall the Phantom carries more than 130kg of sound-deadening material. There’s double skin alloy within the floor and on the front bulkhead, into which a foam and felt layer is squeezed. There’s more insulating material in the headliner, doors, and boot cavity. All of this contributes to the car’s 2,560kg kerbweight (2,610kg if you go for the long ’un, which adds 220mm to the wheelbase), but that’s surely an irelevance. As well as monitoring body and wheel acceleration and steering inputs, a stereo camera mounted in the windscreen reads the road ahead to effectively erase surface unpleasantness before it’s allowed to upset the occupants’ Dom Perignon. The new Phantom also features so many assistance systems that the heart of its electronic architecture is the single largest component produced by the BMW Group. 2.Range Rover £81,785 – £177,485 Arguably the definitive big, luxury SUV. Frequently imitated, but rarely bettered or even equalled, the Range Rover has been around since the early Seventies. And even though that means it’s only a couple years shy of its fiftieth birthday, the Rangie is still only in its fourth generation. Admittedly the fact the first-gen (later known as the ‘Classic’) lasted for more than two decades skews that figure a bit. But still… The current car was launched in 2012. It debuted a new aluminium monocoque that cost the company a billion quid or so to develop. So even though it’s bigger than the car it replaced, it’s lighter by in some cases almost half a tonne. That means it’s faster, tangibly better to drive and more efficient. And with the 2018 facelift comes even more efficiency, thanks to the introduction of the P400e plug-in hybrid, which pairs a 296bhp, four-cylinder petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor for 64g/km of CO2, a claimed 101mpg and 31 miles of all-electric range. The P400e replaces the SDV6 Hybrid (a conventional, non-plug-in hybrid with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a small electric motor) in the line-up, but V6s and V8s in petrol and diesel (with up to 557bhp for the flagship, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol) remain available. All are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive with the deeply clever ‘Terrain Response’ technology that gives the Rangie its peerless off-road ability. Nowadays the Rangie doesn’t just compete with other big SUVs, but conventional luxury saloons like the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. It has to rival those cars – traditionally their makers’ technological flagships – on every level. Which is why the new car offers higher levels of luxury and cleverer tech than we’ve yet seen from JLR. For the facelift it’s added the dual-touchscreen infotainment setup as debuted in the Range Rover Velar, ‘Pixel’ headlamps with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes each for more than 500m of visibility and much besides. We’re promised a new seat design - adjustable up to 24 (!) ways - makes the Rangie “more comfortable than ever” in the front, and that the ‘Executive Class Seating’ option for rear-seat passengers gives “the impression of a luxurious wraparound lounge-like interior”. Exterior changes include a new grille and bumper, with larger vent blades. At the side the lower accents and vents have been reworked, while at the rear the updated bumper features integrated tailpipes across all derivatives. Long- and short-wheelbase options are available, with prices starting at £79,595 for the former and £112,900 for the latter, and rising to £177,030 for V8-engined examples of Rangies fettled by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. 1.Mercedes-Benz S-Class Without a doubt the benchmark big luxury saloon, the one Audi, BMW, Lexus, Cadillac and even Jaguar and Maserati must define themselves by and be measured against. This car defines the sector and is the one all others must topple. The latest A8 and 7 Series are both much newer than the S and thus have some exceptionally clever tech on-board, but while both are excellent cars in their own right, neither is quite as special as the big Merc. A facelift in 2017 – this generation’s last before it’s replaced by an entirely new S-Class – gave many new things. Chief among them new engines, Merc’s latest-generation in-line six-cylinder diesels and petrols, plus a plug-in hybrid and the S63 AMG’s V8 bi-turbo petrol. The rare-groove S65 is no more, but you can still get a V12-engined S-Class in the form of the super-luxe, super-rare and super-expensive £180,000 Mercedes-Maybach S650. This update also gave the S-Class an array of semi-autonomous driving technology like Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Remote Parking Assist, most of which debuted in the E-Class. But to make sure the S-Class kept its crown as the techiest Merc, it got a few of its own too. The main one is a kind of active cruise control that, as well as sensing and maintaining gaps to other cars, knows to slow you for roundabouts, corners and tolls using GPS. Of course that particular system has been rolled out to other Mercs now, but it’s reasonable to expect much cleverness from the new S-Class, which could be revealed as soon as this year. Because this particular era of S-Class is so near the end of its life, Mercedes has massively cut back on the number of trim levels/equipment combinations if offers. Now there’s just one trim for the non-AMGs – ‘Grand Edition’ – and only the cheapest S350d is available with the short-wheelbase.
First off I want to make clear - based on the many similar questions on Quora - that you must make this comparison on a model-by-model basis. Mercedes makes a number of models that have no equivalent at Audi or BMW - the G-Wagen and R-class for obvious starters. In the competitive model lines, the mantle of “best” gets handed around. The 5-series was the midsize benchmark in the late 90s and early 2000s, the A6 was the clear winner from 2012 and now the latest E-class is probably the best in that segment - but the A6 is due for a redesign soon. The current 5-series is widely regarded as flabby and a departure from BMW’s sporty tradition. The traditional comparison between these three makes is as follows: Mercedes is the pinnacle of luxury; BMW is the driver’s car, very sporty while not foregoing luxury; and Audi is some blend of those two, while adding the Quattro heritage to the mix. Both BMW and Mercedes have sprinkled all-wheel-drive across their models in the last decade, finally recognizing that buyers want it (whether or not they need it!) However, this is an oversimplification. All three have their sport lines - BMW M, Mercedes AMG, and Audi RS, the latter being perhaps the least well known of the three. BMW has probably done the least in terms of supercars, with the Audi R8 (picture below) being well known and the early ones being collector-worthy, and Mercedes’ long history of SL coupes and the current AMG GT R supercar (picture below). BMW has the i8 and stuff like the M6 but nothing that really compares to these models. Likewise, all three have their luxury yachts, the 7-series, S-class and A8. Like in the makers’ other segments, the “best” trophy gets handed around; today, reviewers disagree on which of those is best, though they agree that as with the 5-series, most sportiness has been untraditionally wrung out of the current 7-series. So to answer the question (finally): in my opinion it’s really not a spectrum. There are way too many different dimensions and too many models to compare these automakers on. Especially with BMW having lost its identity as of late*, I don’t think it makes sense to compare them on a spectrum. If you’re looking to buy a car, figure out which type of car you want - let’s say it’s a midsize sedan - and then go drive all three offerings. It’ll be clear to you which one you prefer. *Before any BMW enthusiasts freak out on me, I know they still make some great driver’s cars like the M235i and the M3. But it used to be that sportiness was included standard - and not removable - on every BMW up to the 7-series. That’s not true anymore, and that’s part of what makes this “spectrum” question impossible to answer.
Most of the answers here reference the natural balance issues involved, which is correct. In addition, though, auto manufacturers are always looking to reduce costs. One of the big drivers for doing so is what they call “efficiencies of scale,” which is basically recycling designs and components across the model range. That’s why, for example, you see Toyota invest in the “MC” platform , which then spawns off a large number of models : Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Aurion, Lexus ES, Toyota Mark X Zio, Toyota Auris/Blade, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Corolla Rumion/Scion xB, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Venza, Toyota Avensis, Lexus HS, Lexus RX, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, and the Scion tC. Engine development is complicated and expensive, potentially adding up to billions in R&D costs. Manufacturers are discovering that the 2-liter, 4-cylinder basic design (often with turbochargers) works well for a wide variety of models, and can scale well for larger, more powerful (and/or sporty) models. For example, you can join two units together at the crankshaft to become a 4-liter, V8 engine. Similarly, take two inline-6’s (which are extremely well-balanced) and you’ve got a V-12. If more power is needed, turbochargers have proven themselves to endow V-12’s with well over 600hp, which is more than enough to propel large, heavy sedans (like Mercedes S-class, Audi A8, and BMW 7-series) with sports-car-like power. These V-12’s are important from a marketing perspective, but their overall manufacturing volume is relatively tiny, so the substantially greater costs associated with a unique engine like a V-14 would be prohibitively infeasible. Bottom line: There’s virtually no market for investing in and development of a one-off V14 engine.
I have been lucky enough to own all the brands mentioned above and i think it all comes down to certain engines and models and I would like to mention that year is a big factor in reliability. I have owned many BMW's and i have found that the majority of them will come with small niggles which will always need putting right. I had a bmw x5 sd 3.0 2007 that would literally lose its mind in the winter and the dashboard would light up like a Christmas tree most days in winter but the odd day or two during the year. I would always have some sort of issue with the car and it is frustrating to when you see bmw owners are always praising their machines build quality. vw’s are generally not too bad in reliability but there are models out there that need huge amounts of money spending on them to put right and for example purposes the new golf r 2014+ has turbo issues. I mean a brand new car and the turbo goes after 25–30k miles is not good. But I personally had to change the turbo's on my vw touareg and i paid from out of pocket so.... reliability is not a strong point FOR some vw models but cars like the Jetta mk4 and mk5 ( uk bora/Jetta/golf) have been strong in terms of reliability Mercedes such as the w220 were absolute money pits they needed mega bucks throwing at them and I sold my w220 s55k after a short amount of time and bought an e55 w211 which was slightly better but lacked reliability in the electronics department. I have owned many Audis and for me the Audi a8 d3 2003+ model has to be the most reliable car I have owned, nothing spent on it but fuel and servicing costs over the years. I don't know if I have been lucky but other Audi a8's which I have owned have never really stretched my wallet. I know this particular car brand hasn't been mentioned but the Toyota/lexus range are best by a mile in terms of reliability so if you are looking to buy car only on how reliable it is then look not further because you wont find anything that comes close. bottom line is this mate every car has its strong and weak points and some car models are more reliable than others but sometimes I think it comes down to your luck, but with some research and the correct maintenance technique you should be fine. regards mo
If you want all the technical details, I suggest you Google it. In fact, there are several websites which explain the naming trends of these cars. I will give a brief overview. BMW X series- Stands for SUV. May or may not be AWD/4WD. i at the end of name- stands for petrol. i before the name- stands for hybrid d at the end of name- stands for diesel. x before i or d- stands for car has AWD (not available in some countries like India). M before name- car is a thoroughbred car tuned by ///M division. M after name- car is a sportier version of normal car. GTS after name- car is track focused. 1 series- Basic hatchback with 5 doors. 2 series- Basic coupe of 1 series hatchback. 2 series Active Tourer- larger version of 1 series based on 2 series' looks. 3 series- Cheapest sedan. 4 series- Coupe of cheapest sedan. 4 series Gran Coupe- Sedan of coupe of cheapest sedan. 5 series- Mid range sedan. 6 series- Coupe of mid range sedan. 6 series Gran Coupe- Sedan of coupe of mid range sedan. 7 series- most luxurious sedan. i8- hybrid sports car competing with the 911, R8, AMG GT etc. i3- hybrid hatchback. Priced at about the 5 series level, no real competition IMO. X1- Mini SUV based on 1 series (available as a RWD). X3- Mid size SUV based on 3 series (available in AWD/4WD). X5- Full size SUV based on 5 series. X6- Coupe of full size SUV based on 5 series. Most expensive of the regular BMW SUVs. M125i- Sportier version of 125i. M235i- Sportier version of 235i. M2- Newly launched sports car completely tuned by ///M. M3- 4 door sports car for track use. M4- 2 door version of M3. Also for track use. M5- Luxury cruiser. Preferred for autobahn/expressway cruising. M6- 2 door M5 for sporty looks. M6 GC- 4 door of 2 door M5 with sportier looks. 760Li- No M7 here, but this is the closest you could get. V12 engine. X5 M- Sporty version of X5. Name is this way because 'MX5' would be plain stupid. X6 M- Sporty version of X6. Name is this way because 'MX6' would be plain stupid. Audi TFSI- stands for petrol car. TDI- stands for diesel car. number before TFSI/TDI- power of the car measured in Audi's weird number ladder. There is a website which figured out how it is calculated. S line- basically like M sport. S before number- sportier version of S line. RS before number- sportiest version of the car. Quattro- AWD. Sportback- fancy word of saying 4 door version of 2 door. Avant- estate car. A1- Super mini hatchback for city use. A2- Old (now discontinued) Audi. A3- Available as a hatchback and sedan. Entry level car. A4- Competes with 3 series. Basic sedan. A5- Coupe based A4. A5 Sportback- 4 door version of A5. A6- Mid range sedan competing with 5 series. A7 Sportback- sporty looking A6. A8- most luxurious Audi. 'L' stands for long wheelbase. Q1- upcoming small SUV based on A1. Q3- small SUV based on A3. Q5- small SUV based on A4. Q7- small SUV based on A6. S1- sporty little car. S3- sporty version of A3 hatchback. RS3- sportier version of S3. S4- sporty version of regular A4. RS4 Avant- sportier version of S4. S5 sportback- sporty looking 4 door of S4. S5- S4 coupe. RS5- S4 coupe on steroids. S6- Sporty A6. RS6 Avant- Stupendously fast A6. Previous models had a Lamborghini engine. S7 Sportback- sporty looking version of S6. RS7- crazy looking, crazy fast version of the S7. TT- sub brand of Audi. Only has one car: a coupe. R8 supercar- supercar for Porsche 911 money. Avant- An estate car. Sportback- a four door version of a coupe of a four door. eg the S5 Sportback. The A7 is an exception as it isn't a coupe, its just a stylish four door based on the A6. Mercedes Kompressor- indicates supercharged car. CDI- indicates diesel. AMG- crazy fast versions of normal cars. AMG Sport- basically like M sport. Black Series- souped up version of a 'normal' AMG car. A class- hatchback competing with 1 series. CLA- 4 door coupe of A class. B class- large hatchback competing with 2 series Active Tourer. C class- medium sized sedan competing with 3 series. C class coupe- self explanatory. E class- mid sized sedan competing with 5 series. E class coupe/cabrio- self explanatory. CLS- 4 door coupe based on C class (or E class?). S class- needs no introduction. S class coupe- self explanatory. GLA- smallest merc SUV you can buy. GLK- small SUV. GLE- big SUV based on E class (or C class?). [PREVIOUSLY ML] GLS- humungous SUV based on S class (or E class?). [PREVIOUSLY GL] G wagon- military spec ballistic SUV. Tank for the roads. A45 AMG- fast A class. CLA45 AMG- fast CLA. C63 AMG- superfast C class. E63 AMG- superfast E class. CLS63 AMG- superfast CLS. S63 AMG- crazy fast version of a luxury limousine (Why?). GLA45 AMG- fast GLA. GLE63 AMG- basically an ML63 AMG. GLS63 AMG- basically a GL63 AMG. Gxx AMG- there are many versions of this and so I have kept it as 'xx'. It is a sporty version of the G class. AMG GT- Almost supercar for 911 money. Jaguar XF- a saloon which competes with the 5 series, E class and A6. XJ- A saloon which competes with the 7 series, S class and A8. XF-R- A faster version of the XF. Competes with the S6, I'd say. XF-RS- The faster version of the XF you want. Competes with the M5 and E63. Crazy fast with a bonkers looking rear wing. XJ-L- Extended wheel base version of the standard XJ. XJ-L Supercharged- XJ-L on steroids. comes with a 5.0L V8. There's another super exclusive XJ, but I don't find it common enough to make a separate category. XK/XK-R- Two seat V8 coupe. Think of it as an old man's F-Type. XK-RS- the XK on steroids. Ridiculous car. For the old man who wants to have fun ;) F-Type cabrio- Soft top version of the F-Type. Nearly twice as much as the XK (at least here in India) and nearly half as big. Comes in three flavors, two V6s and one V8. F-Type Coupe- Same as the cabrio, but with a hard top. XE- A car which competes with the 3 series, C class and A4. Looks amazing in real life, and you have the option of getting it with an F-Type V6. Sweet! F-Pace- Jags new SUV. Basically, an XE on stilts. Still looks good, but it's almost as if all Jags look the same. I hope this answers your questions. Edit: Listed Mercedes section properly as Vigneshwarraj Chandrasekaran suggested. Updated Mercedes answer by editing Kompressor's explanation and adding Black Series thanks to Apoorva C. Edit2: Adding a list for Jaguar.