Traditionally, when people think of chauffeur-driven cars, the first models that come to mind tend to be high-end luxury saloon cars, such as the Mercedes Benz S-Class, Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne.
However, a growing number of business leaders and celebrities alike have opted instead for Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) or 4x4s, which have increased their level of comfort and features but provide the headroom, security and dependability of an off-roader.
Here are some of the best and most popular SUVs for luxury chauffeur use.
When the bigger brother of the Land Rover Defender launched in 1969, it was primarily heralded not only for its ability to climb every mountain and ford every stream but also to be comfortable and spacious on the road.
Since 1981 the Range Rover has embraced its more upmarket drivers, with the most recent models offering an incredible level of comfort and sophistication, with executive-class massage seats and a range of other entertainment options.
One of Bentley’s most successful current cars, especially in the UK, the Bentayga shares much of its DNA with the similarly fantastic Porsche Cayenne, but the difference is in the details.
The interior craftsmanship is second-to-none, with even its long-time rival Rolls Royce’s Cullinan left wanting. As well as this, Bentley’s Mulliner division can allow for bespoke touches that cannot be offered by the competition.
For a mix of comfort, speed and refinement, it is a difficult machine to beat.
BMW’s range of SUVs are one of the biggest in the business and some CEOs swear by the Bavarian badge. It is quite easy to see why with the X7.
Whilst less overtly luxurious and ostentatious than the Bentley, the Rolls Royce Cullinan or even the higher-end Range Rovers, it does not skimp on its high levels of comfort and quality.
As well as this, unlike the other two, there is space for up to seven people to sit comfortably.