Mercedes Wins the Title of “Luxury” in 2018


Mercedes Wins the Title of “Luxury” in 2018

by Amy Lignor


For most, luxury vehicles are nothing more than a dream. But they are definitely a dream worth working for. The most recent announcement from the auto industry was focused on this arm of luxury; picks were made already of the top vehicles being released in 2018 that will be, quite literally, dream-worthy.

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Although other names were listed in the top ten picks, such as Acura and Audi, it is the old, reliable name that has always stood for luxury and elegance that was granted the most attention. First off, Mercedes was placed in the top of the charts for their Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon. After going cross-country on all those horrible family vacations while growing up, it’s almost humorous that there are a few families that will have a definite stunner for their 2018 summer vacation. With a top speed of 180 mph, this Mercedes station wagon delivers 600 horsepower created by a twin-turbo V8 that’s hooked up to a ‘hot-rod’ AMG all-wheel drive. 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds, the family can enjoy the elegant interior as Grandma puts her foot to the floor and attempts to drive from NYC to Los Angeles in a day. The extras include typical Benz beauty: a giant high-resolution touchscreen for the “infotainment” system, 64 colors of ambient lighting, leather interior, and so much more. You can even choose from the Benz options to receive everything from cabin purification and fragrance to multi-contour massage seats and 3D sound.


But Mercedes didn’t end there. The Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS puts them on top of the luxury sedan category. In 2018, this Benz flagship piece will offer the driver everything they can possibly think of: Interior technology and comfort upgrades that literally turn the cabin of your sedan into a 5-star hotel bar. And if you’re talking about safety, no one matches this particular Mercedes model. Enhanced safety aids make up this “Intelligent Drive.” Multiple systems, from cameras to radar to onboard maps work together with active steering, braking, and acceleration. To enhance the “wellness” of the driver, the sedan has multi-zone climate control and heated/ventilated seats made out of soft leather that offer you the ultimate massage after a long day. Basically, if you’re saving to buy a house, dump that idea and buy one of these. This is one place you will never want to leave.


Yet another Mercedes triumph in 2018 is the E-CLASS Cabriolet. This is that classic convertible made as only Mercedes could make it. A classic soft top that the driver can stow in less than 20 seconds to protect everyone from those pop-up rain showers. Heating vents strategically set in order to be comfortable in cooler temperatures, and even a split/folding rear seat to allow longer items to be carried. This is that elegant “James Bond” hot car that also doubles as a long distance beauty. Designs come with two twin-turbo engines (a 329-horsepower V6 or a 402-horsepower V8), and the interior is outstanding. All your “infotainment” can be controlled from the steering wheel or even by voice command.


Give credit where credit is due. Even though Mercedes still rules the luxury category, BMW also received a top spot for their M5. The 2018 model of the BMW M5 starts up in all-wheel-drive mode, but can be switched to rear-wheel drive in a second. At 600 horsepower, this beast clocks in a top speed of 189 mph. Sporting brakes, a twin-turbo V8, and a myriad of other high-tech speed gear is a part of this amazing gift. Oddly enough, there is no set sticker-price as of yet. But if you’re wishing to put one of these in your garage in 2018, I suggest you start saving now.


Audi is a company of luxury that scored two top picks with their A5 and S5 Sportback. The A5 is a sedan version of the stylish A5 Coupe, offering everything from an extended wheelbase to a state-of-the-art “infotainment” system. Up to five adults can ride in supreme comfort when it comes to the A5. The S5 is the sportier version. Both models offer diamond-quilted upholstery, 3D sound systems, and a whole lot more.


2018 is right around the corner, believe it or not. And…who knows? Luck can strike, making you a proud and extremely happy owner of one of the most luxurious cars in the world.




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