Depreciation might be painful if you’re buying a new luxury car, but it’s the used buyer’s friend. We find 10 brilliant barges now available for bargain prices
Alex Robbins
13 August 2017

If you’re anything like us, you’ll find the idea of a bargain-basement luxury barge endlessly enthralling.

It isn’t hard to see why. They’re cars that were once available to the select few but are now within the grasp of mere mortals like us. They are sometimes little more than a few years old, often still equipped with the latest technology and, crucially, usually available for a fraction of their original price. 

So what if they cost a bit more than your usual hatchback to run? The fact they are near the bottom of their depreciation curve and about to bounce back again should more than make up for that. 

Flick through our gallery above for top luxury picks that'll let you live the champagne lifestyle – even if you only have beer money to spend.

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13 August 2017

I did this last year.  You don’t want to save money only to spend it on endless bits going wrong so I bought a Lexus LS430.  11 years old, 105K, but creamy V8 and ride and can be hustled more than I expected.  I live in a rural area with small towns and get the equivalent of 27 UK mpg.  Do the research, study the forums; which in the case of the Lexus means avoid the air suspension and ’05 onwards gets you a 6 speed auto.

13 August 2017

... the only ones that haven't aged horrifically are the 7-Series and the XJ.

14 August 2017

Love the old 800's but the 75 with full leather and V6 automatic is a lot of luxury for very little cash, sublime ride, nice to drive with handsome looks and good reliability, expensive cambelt change to watch out for though. Also top spec original Volvo S80's fit into this category and with the T6 you get pretty good performance so a good Q car.

14 August 2017

Honda legend? Got to be bullet proof and pretty luxurious. There are loads more, cheap to buy but very dear to run, unfortunately.

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