Taking a back seat: 4 best cars to be chauffeured in
Want to kick back rather than get behind the wheel? These are the rides for you
For most of us gents, driving our own car is great. Fun, even. But there are some people who reach a point in their lives where they’d much rather kick back, relax and let someone else take the wheel. If you’re one of those people, read on, as we show you four of the best cars right now that cater primarily to backseat passengers.
British luxury at its very finest, the Bentley Mulsanne gets its name from one of the runs at the legendary Le Mans racing circuit, a nod to the brand’s racing heritage.
Unbelievable legroom, for one. The standard model clocks in at over 18ft in length, but it’s the Extended Wheelbase version that takes the cake, adding another foot of legroom on top of that in the rear. And then there’s the fully customisable interior, which lets you fit in pretty much anything your gentlemanly heart desires. Cigar humidor? Sure. Leather that matches your shoes? Done. Wood from your own tree? Why not. Bentley’s in-house personalisation team doesn’t mess around.
Sitting at the top end of the Mercedes S-class range, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a seriously fine-tuned luxury car, able to reach 60mph in just five seconds.
For the onboard entertainment – this tech-playground of a car comes with everything from Wifi connection and 10-inch rear screens to wireless headphones and a 12.3-inch infotainment system up front. If that isn’t enough, the First Class Cabin version also features split rear seats that recline to a whopping 43.5 degrees, as well as temperature-controlled cup holders, a fridge and silver-plated champagne flutes (of course).
Maserati’s latest reimagining of the classic Quattroporte comes in two versions: the limousine-style GranLusso and the sportier GranSport.
Whichever version you go for, this is a genuinely high-performance car. Maserati called on Ferrari to help out with the engineering, and the result is just the sort of thing you’d expect: 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds for the top model, with a top speed of 190mph. If you want to be chauffeured around in luxury but would still like to enjoy the thrill of the drive, the Quattroporte is the car for you.
The very last word in luxury car-making, the Rolls-Royce Phantom just oozes style and class, and is the wheels of choice for some of the world’s highest rollers, including Lord Sugar and Snoop Dogg.
It’ll be the most comfortable ride of your life. Sheepskin rugs, rear armchair seats, you name it – this is a car that was designed with the passenger firmly in mind. Add to this the myriad bells and whistles on offer (silk and bamboo interiors anyone?) and you’ve got yourself a car that’s not just perfect to be driven around in, it actually makes you wonder why Roll-Royce hasn’t upped the ante yet and started building houses.
Sticking to driving your own vehicle? Why not buy something classic to enjoy?