When the On-Road Comfort of Your Upscale Belongings Is Just as Important as Your Own
Just because you bought a big luxury sedan doesn’t mean you’ll have plenty of trunk space for your high-end junk. Some have less cargo capacity than the most spacious compact cars (the Volkswagen Jetta offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo room), so when a vacation at your manor requires space for your endless supply of gear and designer clothing, not all luxury sedans will carry your stuff comfortably. Here is a selection of luxury sedans that ensure your rolling bank vault of solitude will remain undisturbed by cargo spilling over into the seat next to you.
2015 Kia K900 – 16 cubic feet
Large and powered by a 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, the Kia K900 was made specifically to show that the Korean brand knows how to do luxury. A comfortable ride, room for five, reclining rear seats, ventilated seats all around, and a large trunk make the K900 a great choice for devouring long stretches of highway in comfort. Try not to take a detour into a twisty road, though, because the car’s suspension is tuned for a soft, cushy ride and doesn’t like it when you toss it into a corner.
2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom – 16 cubic feet
For the one percent, nothing beats getting chauffeured in a Rolls-Royce Phantom swathed in the most expensive materials known to mankind and layer upon layer of leather. A large trunk means your luggage can travel in comfort, too, provided you don’t overpack and bring your entire high-end designer wardrobe every time you travel.
2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – 16 cubic feet
After the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class created the four-door coupe segment, BMW followed suit with the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which is essentially a four-door sedan version of the 6 Series. Unlike the two-door coupe and convertible, the 6 Series Gran Coupe is more practical and flexible thanks to a larger trunk and standard split-folding rear seats. However, rear seating is still tight due to the car’s sloping roofline. The 6 Series Gran Coupe was a comparison test winner was a comparison test winner, beating the Audi S7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic.
2015 Chrysler 300 – 16 cubic feet
Like all large American luxury sedans, the Chrysler 300 is bold, imposing, powerful, and supremely comfortable on the road. Featuring plenty of space for passengers and cargo alike, the 300 is one of the roomiest and most comfortable thanks to its comfortable seats and generous cabin. The available V-8 power turns the 300 in a straight-line bandit on open highways, especially now that it’s equipped with the excellent eight-speed automatic transmission.
2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class – 16 cubic feet (12.3 cubic feet for the Mercedes-Maybach S600 and 12.2 cubic feet for the S550e Plug-In Hybrid)
A rolling showcase of overengineering insanity is exactly what the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is, and it shows from the powertrain to the cabin. The car also comes with a sizable trunk that can fit all of your Gucci handbags and designer wares. Should the S550 and S600 be not enough, Mercedes offers two highly potent AMG models, the S63 and S65, in case you need your swanky road-going barge to double as a getaway car. For an environmentally friendly full-size luxury sedan, the S550e Plug-In Hybrid is also available. But if all you want is the most luxurious experience ever in a car with one of the quietest interiors, then consider the Mercedes-Maybach S600. However, trunk space is down significantly in the S550e Plug-In Hybrid and the Maybach S600.
2016 Hyundai Equus – 17 cubic feet
As the first full-size luxury car from Hyundai, the Equus proves the Korean brand knows how to do luxury without compromising value. Because it doesn’t sell in large numbers, getting an Equus means you won’t see yourself pass by every other minute. Additionally, the comfort-oriented suspension, spacious cabin, and generous trunk space make the Equus a great car to be driven in for long distances.
2015 Bentley Flying Spur – 17 cubic feet
One of two Bentley large sedans available, the Flying Spur is large, imposing, and brimming in opulence thanks to it being hand-built with some of the finest materials in the world, including wood from your own private estate. Whether you or your chauffeur is driving, the Flying Spur will keep you and your luggage comfortable in its spacious interior and cargo area.
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost – 17 cubic feet
Slotting right under the larger Phantom and sporting a more powerful 563-hp, twin-turbo V-12, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is essentially a luxurious British autobahn cruise missile. You and your luggage will sit comfortably in a spacious cabin and trunk that’s hand-built and swathed with the finest materials.
2015 Jaguar XF – 18 cubic feet (19 cubic feet for the redesigned 2016 XF)
Like all Jaguars, the XF is svelte, sexy, and agile, featuring an eye-catching exterior that exudes handling prowess and performance. Despite this focus on driving dynamics, the XF is also practical with room for five and one of the largest trunks in its class. The forthcoming redesigned 2016 XF (pictured) ups the ante even more with a 19 cubic-foot trunk for even more practicality and less weight for improved handling and driving dynamics.
2015 Lexus LS 460 – 18 cubic feet (13 cubic feet for the LS 600h L)
Essentially the car that allowed Toyota to break into the luxury market with its Lexus brand, the LS 460 remains a thoroughbred full-size luxury sedan that excels at giving its passengers a comfortable ride to wherever they’re going. High-quality materials and available executive rear seating means you can rest easy and relax in total serenity while being driven. Add to that plenty of cargo space, and you’ve got a sedan that can hold all your fancy wares and wardrobe for that long road trip you planned.
2015 BMW 7 Series – 18 cubic feet
Although the F01/F02 BMW 7 Series is about to bow out, it remains a great luxury sedan to drive and to be driven in thanks to its surprising balance of comfort and agility. Add to that a luxurious interior that can be customized to your liking via BMW Individual Composition and a sizable trunk for all your belongings, and what you have is a great full-size luxury sedan that can do nearly everything. Look for the redesigned, technology-laden 2016 7 Series to go on sale before the end of the year.
2015 Maserati Ghibli – 18 cubic feet
The Maserati Ghibli puts style and performance first, but it’s by no means impractical. However, what makes the Ghibli stand out even more than its roomy accommodations for both people and luggage is its engine, which roars melodiously like only an Italian-bred luxury sedan can. Do engage the car’s Sport mode, as it makes the engine note even louder, bringing the car to life in more ways than one.
2016 Cadillac XTS – 18 cubic feet
Bold, imposing, and large, the Cadillac XTS is as American as a luxury sedan can be. Featuring plenty of space for people and their luggage, the XTS is a great companion for those long road trips whether you are driving or are being driven. Should you want to turn the XTS into a highway cruise missile, the XTS Vsport offers a 410-hp, 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V-6 with blistering acceleration.
2016 BMW 5 Series – 18 cubic feet (13.2 cubic feet for the ActiveHybrid 5)
Even though it has become more sedate, the BMW 5 Series remains a great all-around sedan with plenty of space for passengers and their gear, a well-built cabin, a nice balance between comfort and handling, and an extensive range of engine choices, including a turbodiesel I-6 and a hybrid. Should you need more cargo space, there’s also a hatchback called the 5 Series Gran Turismo; however, it isn’t available with a diesel or hybrid powertrain.
2016 Maserati Quattroporte – 18 cubic feet
A full-size luxury sedan done the Italian way, the Maserati Quattroporte is as stylish as it is potent. The focus on performance, however, doesn’t mean that it lacks practicality, because there’s plenty of space of your entourage and their gear in the car. Just make sure you don’t cause them to lose their lunch on the beautiful interior should you decide to take a detour through a twisty road and let the Quattroporte sing its beautiful song.
2015 Lincoln MKS – 19 cubic feet
In America, bigger is better, and when it comes to trunk space, no luxury sedan can match the Lincoln MKS. Plenty of passenger space makes it a great choice for driving around with your friends in comfort. Should you want more power and all-wheel drive, the 365-hp EcoBoost V-6 is also available to turn your roomy full-size luxury sedan into an all-season cruiser that can handle everything nature throws its way.