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Upper-Large Cars Under $100k

Chrysler 300
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  • Stupendous engine and exhaust note; tactile engine that works nicely with new eight-speed automatic; 300 SRT model jam packed with features.

  • One of the thirstiest performance sedans on the market; audible drone at highway speeds and feels heavy through corners.

Upper-Large Cars Over $100k

Mercedes-Benz S500
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  • Stunning design, works better as a convertible than a coupe; S500 is all you need in a car like this; effortless power and fingertip driving ease

  • Long wheelbase means some rattles over harsher bumps; aircon can't quite cope with Australian summer temps; you had better start saving...

Porsche Panamera
  • Beautifully executed interior; Configurable infotainment a breeze to use; Prodigious performance despite its heft; Superb handling and dynamics

  • It's expensive; Surprisingly small boot space; V8 engine sadly muted

BMW 7 Series
  • Beautifully refined diesel engine and automatic gearbox; whisper quiet cabin with a sense of luxury; driver-focused handling but retains comfortable bump absorption

  • Some of the options are expensive; gesture control works but isn't really needed; SWB models aren't as expansive in the second row as some buyers will expect

Audi A8
  • Whisper-quiet road manners; Luxury defined; Next-generation infotainment; Fast enough for what it is; The back row; All-wheel steering a boon

  • Twin touchscreens fiddly to use now rotary dialler is consigned to the parts bin; Sat-nav not the most accurate... Needs an update; Conservative styling

Lexus LS500
  • Cabin quality and refinement; Imposing new design language; Improved dynamism, generally high ride comfort; Dealership experience should be second-to-none

  • Rear seat head room, and boot space; Lexus Remote Touch interface still fiddly; New turbo V6 engine lacks LC V8’s bark