They once ruled the driveways and roads of Australia’s wealthiest postcodes, a four-wheeled sign you had made it in life. Large sedans wearing badges, predominantly from Germany, sometimes England, oozed prestige, with big powerful engines matched only by large, comfortable interiors.
Times have changed, those same driveways now populated by large prestige SUVs, still predominantly wearing German badges with a smattering of Japanese and occasionally British. But, that change in consumer taste does not diminish what these three finalists in the Large Luxury Car segment bring to the table – comfort, performance, prestige.
The trio is spearheaded by the standard-bearer for the segment, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a car that has always defined what it means to be a large luxury car. German rival Audi, has tapped into that formula with aplomb, its Audi A6 a luxurious blend of elegance and performance. Now a challenger brand from Korea – Genesis, the luxury arm of Hyundai – has done its best to emulate that formula with its all-new G80 sedan.