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9 European Luxury Cars We Wouldn't Touch With A 10-Foot Pole – HotCars

by Nov 3, 2022Blog0 comments

Brands often cut corners to eke the most out of their budgets, leading to reduced quality or reliability, and it’s why we’d avoid these luxury cars.
European luxury cars are believed to be some of the finest the world over, and they are said to have a reputation for peerless quality. Yet, how much of that hype is actually true?
Bad news for luxury-craving gearheads, the issues blighting other cars are still present. It's just that carmakers' media teams cleverly hide them from view. How disappointed you're going to be often depend on individual needs. After all, no two owners will ever agree on what is good or bad. First up, the overpriced up-sell leads buyers to think they are getting more for their money. Topping the 2022 Luxury Cars table, the Mercedes Maybach S is all the luxury you could want. Except, most of what you get is available for less. Nice one Mercedes!
For most gearheads, pricing won't be the proverbial nail in the coffin. But, lowering your sights a little does bring a bigger threat of disappointment. Reputable luxury brand names are fighting for survival, and often cut corners to eke the most out of their budgets. Quality, reliability, and brand image can all take a few knocks.
Good or bad, old or new, we wouldn't touch these luxury cars with a 10-foot pole.
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Only the bold and rich need to apply. As good and pretty as the Ghibli is, you're sure to lose more than you bargained for. Maserati has come a long way in recent years, but those doubts over reliability remain.
On the plus side, gorgeous looks inside and out scream quality matched by one of the best names in the industry. Under the hood, a choice of V6 or V8 turbocharged engines dishing out as much as 580 hp is proof of progress. The Ghibli, though, is too big a risk, tales of electrical gremlins and steep losses make this one to avoid.
If we're honest, the Maybach S is a little chintzy for our liking. Other premium marques do the luxury look better. Yet, for refinement, you'd struggle to find a rival.
Mercedes' top-tier luxury barge is wanting for nothing, boasting the finest interior ever. Decked out in leather with every gadget imaginable, the Maybach experience is sublime. The main reason we'd skip the Maybach? Mercedes' lesser S-Class is 99% as good, for half the money.
As luxury icons go, Aston Martins have always had that something extra. Whether it's the allure of the badge, a link with Bond, or the promise of luxury performance, any Aston is tempting. We'd argue looks play a big part, sleek, two-door coupes are automotive eye candies.
This only makes the Rapide a bitter pill to swallow. Lengthening the DB9, and adding two doors ruined the car's missile-like looks. Seven years into production and Rapide's success has been slow in coming. Published sales figures for 2020 reveal the Rapide is a long way short of Aston's 2000 cars per year hopes.
Striking a low point for RR and luring gearheads toward financial doom, the Silver Shadow is a money pit. The 1970s were not a golden era for the UK luxury carmaker, the boxy design hiding dated mechanicals.
These limos are boxy tin and lead-filled rust traps powered by a dated 6.75-liter V8 putting out 225 hp. That weight puts a strain on the Citroën-sourced suspension, which will at some point end in a rolly-polly ride. While parts can be cheap, labor costs are insane should the Shadow need specialist care. You'll never recoup your investment.
The Range Rover name alone should be a reassuring sign of luxury go-anywhere ability. Adding to JLR's reputation in 2017, the Velar upped the ante a few more notches with more panache. The Velar on appearances was a hit.
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There are signs Range Rover has taken a few shortcuts. Base models ship with four-cylinder engines and a ride that doesn't excite. Putting down more money does net you a straight six pushing out 395 hp. Yet, the biggest red flag is the car's build and durability. To date, recalls have taken care of fuel line faults and defective air-con. The list of niggling faults runs much deeper.
Think Gran Turismo, and your head is likely filled with all manner of fast-back coupes. Hang on to that thought, it will come in handy when you first stumble across the BMW 5-series of the same name.
First, the good news. BMW killed off this eye-sore back in 2017, ridding gearheads of the junk in the trunk looks. We get where BMW was going, aiming for a more practical 5-Series, but the X-5 fills that niche competently. Upfront, things are much better with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 cranking out 445 hp. Negative styling aside, it's the sub-par build quality that should make you avoid this one.
Notably, entering the SUV niche hasn't been plain sailing for Jaguar. The F-Pace, Jaguar's first step away from luxury sedans and coupes, met with a flurry of success. Good to look at, easy to live with, and well-priced.
Grace, Pace, and surprisingly capable. Unlike the similarly priced Velar, Jaguar nailed the ride and handling experience. SUV or not, the F-pace is an engaging drive. Given the JLR connection, it comes as no surprise that Jaguar offers the same engine choices. Yet, ask around, and the F-pace loses its appeal with the same electrical, safety, and fuel gremlins.
Upmarket Volkswagens rarely do well with gearheads seeking that extra bit of style. The Arteon is by far VW's best effort since the Phaeton failed to cash in on the luxury segment. Volkswagen's "people's car" heritage doesn't sit well with premium cars.
It's the badge appeal that makes us wary of the Arteon. Despite a few minor issues with fit and finish details, the Arteon has been dependable. What you have here is a re-bodied Golf featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine putting down 300 hp. The ever-present problem for VW is sub-brand Audi has more brand appeal.
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Not a Rolls-Royce, but reminiscent of its appearance. The Aurus Senat is a Russian limo for those with deep pockets. Designed for VIPs, heads of state, and those who need the added security of armor plating. The Senat is a monster, at the top end, tipping the scales at 13,700 lbs.
Opting for lesser "safety" levels does reduce the Senat down to a more agile 5900 lbs which makes better use of its engine. Under the hood, a NAMI/Porsche 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 augmented by a small electric motor pumps out 590 hp. The downsides? Weight, size, and the sheer gaudiness of cheaper interiors make the Senat a hard sell.
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