Luxury cars. It’s the perfect way of stating that you have accomplished something big in life. These are the cars that I always feel like opening the back door and sink into its cloud-like backseats. You just want to sit there forever or if not, you just wish that every chair in the world could be as comfortable as the ones in said luxury car.
I recently had a seat in a W140 S Class and I just loved it. It is, in my opinion, the best way to do a luxury car. No company, not even Mercedes Benz themselves, can come close to replicating the perfect formula of a luxury car.
Come the present day, and things have evolved, a lot. In a good way, the size-hungry masses crave for big spacey cars, and for a luxury cars, more space is better. But that’s about it. I mean, the rest of the things that have evolved just seems to be a step in the wrong direction. Here are some of the things I like to point out.
1. They are power hungry
Well, to be very fair to all of you, almost every car nowadays are hungry -or perhaps, starving to death- for something called “horsepower”. Sure, this isn’t really an oddity for manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, and tuner companies like Hennessey, Brabus, and ABT. However, recent trends suggest that almost every automobile produced today needs to have at least a 20-something hp bump from the previous generation of said car model.
The thing is -and the thing that bugs the blue Earth out of me-, full sized luxury car manufacturers somehow treats their flagship luxury cars need this sort of power. And I’m not talking about big engines (e.g a 5+ liter V8+) for smoothness, I’m talking about big engines for big power in a full sized fricking luxury car. Why? Why? It’s a luxury car, you don’t need to have 550+ hp on a luxury car. What do you think I’m gonna do when I drive off a dealer in my newly purchased full sizer luxury car, take it to a damn drag strip and see the quarter mile time? No. I go on a relaxed cruise after a tiring day, cocooned in my massaging, heated, and ventilated seats and just relax.
You might probably say that these luxury cars do need a decent amount of power because they’re big and heavy, good point. But do you think it really has to crave for 400+ hp?
2. Sportiness. Why?
Just one word: why? Why do sportiness amenities seem to be pretty much a necessity? And another thing that gets my buggers is when people drive a luxury car and then complain about how it can’t handle well. It’s a luxury car, it’s not sporty, it’s never meant to be sporty, it shouldn’t be sporty. I can’t help but think that the trend of comparing cars by its on-paper stats kind of ruins the market and the overall mindset on producing luxury cars.
Okay, sure, a good number of luxury car still blends the mixture of sport and comfort, but there are some cases where a manufacturer kind of stepped on the sport side too far. And it’s always stepping towards the sport side and never (or rarely) stepping to the comfort side. In other words, most of these cases happens when a car manufacturer is trying too hard to blend sportiness with luxury.
3. Gimmicks central
Now, this is a very common thing these days. It seems like luxury cars today need some sort of Earth-breaking innovations to be somewhat recognized. My biggest subject is the recent BMW 7 and 5 series. For example, let’s start with the optional smart key fob. It has very little point. Okay, I was being mild, it has no point to exist. Why? Why do you need a laggy, complicated, battery-hungry key for your car? Why? I mean, realistically, the only feature of the smart key that you’d use is probably the keyless entry, the push-to-start, and the remote ignition. That’s it. And it’s not like said key is a good system. It’s laggy, slow to respond, and it’s just simply going to be expensive if it breaks.
If I had a luxury car, I don’t give two stuff about what can my key do, or how many touch screens I have, or what color of light my interior light can illuminate, or how advanced my infotainment system is. What I would care about is the exquisite comfortable interior that’s done with craftsmanship. That’s all. I simply cannot understand what in the God’s name were the engineers thinking. If they want to show off their technology, do that in a high-performance GT car or a supercar, I don’t care about drifting my luxury car, I just go in it, sink in its exquisite, plushy leather seats, and just relax.
So that’s a few reasons why luxury cars are stepping in the wrong direction. Hope you enjoyed the article and thanks for reading!