Most of us have dreams about the car we’d drive if money was no object, maybe a lottery win, or when all the kids have flown the nest or just a delicious daydream!
Some of these cars may be more attainable than you think and even if they’re not, it’s good to dream.
We asked our teams to come up with the car from their brand that they’d most like to own if money was no object and here are their choices.
Where to begin! The XL1 is definitely the future, today; it’s not only extraordinary and futuristic to look at, but is a world-beater in many areas; world-beating fuel efficiency of 313mpg; world’s lowest official CO2 figure for a liquid-fuelled car at 21g/km of CO2; world’s most aerodynamic road-going production car. The XL1 opens up a whole new world.
An interesting hybrid of an 800cc two cylinder engine and an electric motor, the XL1 has a total output of 75PS; but, as the car only weighs 795kg, 75PS is more than enough.
With its gullwing doors, covered rear wheels and low to the road looks, the XL1 is a complete head-turner. You might notice what seems to be the total absence of door mirrors, that’s because; in the interests of aerodynamics they’ve been replaced by door cameras and the images are displayed on two screens inside the car.
If you want head-turning looks, combined with planet-saving technology then the Volkswagen XL1 is your dream car, it retails at £98,600 and it could be yours, on a PCP, for £1,900.78 a month, with an APR of 8.9%.
Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSi V10 RWS
For sheer sexiness, sensational performance, intoxicating engine noise and sharp handling, it’s hard to beat the Spyder derivative of the Audi R8; not only can you go from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds, but you can feel the sun on your face while you’re doing it!
You need to be a little bit of a show-off to enjoy a convertible; the theatre of removing the roof always attracts attention and this supercar it’s a real showstopper; but, we say, what’s wrong with showing off?
With its virtual cockpit, wraparound dashboard and sumptuous leather this car is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It’s a car that demands to be driven and the superlatives keep on coming from motoring journalists the world over. The RWS is a limited edition and there’ll only be 999 built, a mix of Spyder and Coupe and you could bag yours for just £1,409.30 a month on a PCP, APR 6.2%.
Range Rover 4.4L SDV8 Autobiography
The Range Rover is an iconic car and the Autobiography is the Range Rover in its most exceptional form. Bad back? No problem in the Autobiography with its heated, cooled, massaging front seats, you could end up sat in there, going nowhere, whilst your back gets a rub!
The seats themselves are the ultimate in luxurious hand-stitched leather; step inside and it’s like stepping into a 5 star hotel. If music’s your thing, then you’ll love the 19 speakers, arranged to deliver amazing sound, whether you’re the driver or a rear seat passenger.
If parking such a beast is the only thing putting you off, then worry no more, with four strategically placed digital cameras you’ll always know exactly where you are, making parking an absolute breeze.
For their Autobiography the Stafford Land Rover team chose a few optional extras; sensational 22” Turbine Alloy wheels, privacy glass, adaptive Xenon headlights and an SV bodykit.
Difficult to improve on perfection, but they have! All this adds up to £118,100 and it could be yours for £1331.68 a month, with an APR of 5.69%.
This is an amazing sports supercar that’s been designed with the driver at its very core. When you sit in the driver’s seat, you’re sat in front of the most technologically advanced road-car engine Honda have ever built.
As if the 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine were not enough, there are three electric motors, one at the rear and two at the front, giving incredible extra boost. Hand-built the NSX is an awesome piece of automotive engineering.
The NSX has a stunning high glass finish, with two coats of primer, five coats of colour and two layers of clear coat. It’s allowed to cure and then it’s fine sanded, by hand, before the final two coats of clear coat. The result is a superb high gloss, which shows off the sinuous curves of this sensational car.
Head-turning, breath-taking, heart-stopping, this is a car made for superlatives and is priced at £189,995; it could be yours, on a hire purchase agreement, for £2,410 a month. Made for dreaming.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 3.0
Jeep is another iconic brand, indeed, whenever I hear the word it makes me think of that old TV show M*A*S*H, for me the Jeeps were as much the stars as the actors. There’s something ruggedly romantic and charming about a Jeep and our love affair with this stalwart of the USA auto-scene continues today.
So, if you want to off-road American style this latest Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers in every way. This is a truly clever SUV, with Selec-Terrain you can prime the Trailhawk for whatever lies ahead; auto, sand, mud, snow and rock. The air suspension then sets itself up accordingly.
A formidable beast off-road, the big Jeep is also fun to drive on the road and its eye-catching presence gives a real taste of America.
This is a truly butch and burly SUV and on a PCP you could drive away for £577.14 a month.
Peugeot 308 GTi 270
Fast, French and feisty, that’s the Peugeot 308 GTi. For so many of us the hot-hatch is a thing of beauty, something to be desired and aspired to and this flirty French beauty ticks all the hot-hatch boxes.
It may have a smaller engine than the Volkswagen Golf GTi, but it actually packs a bigger punch. With plenty of grip and speed in spades, this is a really fun car and the interior is sporty too; sleek and minimalist with leather and Alcantara bucket seats and a brilliant 9.7in touchscreen meaning you’ll always be connected through your smartphone.
All this and the practicality of a large boot too; you could be behind the wheel of this hot-hatch for £433.54 a month, APR 2.9%.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 1.75 TBi
Leaving France we’re off to Italy, the home to the Alfa Romeo brand, renowned for its sporting heritage and this is evident in the undeniably exotic 4C Spider. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is truly incredible looking, it doesn’t matter from what angle you view this car, its sensational looks make it an absolute head-turner.
With its carbonfibre chassis and turbocharged engine, this is probably as close as most of us will ever get to driving a racing car. The interior is snug with its leather seats, hugging you into the perfect driving position.
The Alfa is a drivers’ car; it’s not for everyone, but then it doesn’t pretend to be, it’s unashamedly a purist’s car and if that’s you then £617.10 a month on personal contract hire will get you behind the wheel. Arrivederci!
Whatever your budget we have a car for you.
*Personal Contract Plan offer Terms and Conditions: Finance examples from PSA Finance UK Ltd, Volkswagen Financial Services Ltd, Black Horse Ltd (trading as Land Rover Financial Services) or Audi Financial Services. Finance subject to status. Available to over 18’s only. Images are for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact match for the car shown in the offer or of the cars available. Offers correct at time of print (January 2018).
Personal Contract Hire offer Terms and Conditions: Finance subject to status. Available to over 18’s only. Leasys UK Ltd, SL1 4DX