Why buy a luxury four-wheel drive car?
Four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, no matter the slightly different name, the enhanced stability of all four wheels driving a car, along with increased safety and grip means these specialist cars are highly desirable, and for good reason.
As the UK is notorious for rain, along with generally challenging road conditions, driving a car with the aforementioned advantages above mean that come the winter months, life on the road is a lot easier, and safer too.
Our list below features ten cars we feel are amongst some of the best used luxury four-wheel and all-wheel drive cars you can buy, including a super sports car and an all-electric Jaguar, as well as more familiar and conventional SUVs.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S
Mercedes-AMG cars are fully-loaded with impressive specifications, along with their main trait of offering monumental performance. They also manage to deploy these characteristics whilst still encapsulating the renown Mercedes-Benz refinement and class.
The stunning Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S is a striking 4-door coupé has an ultra-impressive road presence, thanks to an imposing front-grille, which showcases the large and iconic Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star. Combined with an ultra-sleek silhouette and 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, this is a car that receives many admiring glances.
The clever 4MATIC all-wheel drive tames the incredible performance, which it derives from an iconic V8 engine, producing a barely believable 630bhp. This ensures 0 to 62mph happens in just 3.2 seconds, no matter if the conditions are wet or dry - showing just how good the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system actually is.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S really is the epitome of luxury performance.Search Used Mercedes-AMG GT
BMW M5 Competition
Usually BMW M cars are rear-wheel drive, however the M5 Competition is four-wheel drive. Based on the sublime BMW 5 Series, a car that delivers excellence in all the right places, the range-topping M5 Competition version now comes with M xDrive all-wheel drive, to ensure it can deploy its enhanced power with ease.
Being a BMW, the M5 Competition is also loaded with an impressive and luxurious specification, including a premium interior made from a range of sumptuous materials, along with a state-of-the-art digital instrument cluster.
You only have to take one glimpse at the car's quad tailpipes, M styling and dominating road presence to realise this was a car made for pounding the German autobahns with ease, although it is also excellent cruising at 70mph on our motorways, too, obviously. The M5 Competition uses an 8-cylinder, 616bhp engine, good for 0 to 62mph in just 3.3 seconds. A true M car for sure.Search Used BMW M5
Land Rover Range Rover
It is impossible to produce a list of the best four-wheel drive cars without mentioning one of the greatest luxury off-road vehicles ever created: the iconic Range Rover.
Superb both on and off-road, the Range Rover is the textbook answer from off-road icons Land Rover, offering a flagship vehicle for those who want a luxury car that will make off-roading effortless, but also be limousine-like on normal roads.
With a great choice of impressive and characteristic engines, you can tailor a Range Rover to your personal tastes and needs. Petrol, diesel, and even hybrids are available, which all offer first-class luxury with beautifully crafted interiors, comprising of state-of-the-art technology.
The Range Rover is an icon, and the shape is timeless. If you require one of the very best luxury vehicles out there, you cannot go wrong with this legendary SUV.Search Used Land Rover Range Rover
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Porsche 911 has kept the legendary silhouette ever since the first generation was launched in the 1960s, being enhanced even further with each new generation.
The 911 Turbo S (992 generation) is concrete evidence of the 911's stunning progression. Not only does the car have all-weather ability thanks to an impressive all-wheel drive system, but the Turbo S also comes with a monstrous 641bhp. This ensures this ultra-powerful 911 can hit 62mph in an unbelievably quick 2.7 seconds, and go onto a top speed of 205mph.
Many see the 911 Turbo S as the 'everyday supercar' due to its ease of drive, power and all-wheel drive ability. It is simply the ultimate luxury super sports car, which laughs in the face of the unpredictable British weather.Search Used Porsche 911
Jaguar are famed for their luxurious cars, and with the current popularity of SUVs, the I-PACE has the perfect environment in which to impress.
What is more, the I-PACE is fully electric, all-wheel drive and looks like no other SUV out there, ensuring all the latest and sought-after attributes are present. With a futuristic interior made of luxurious materials, digital infotainment and high-end Jaguar feel, the I-PACE is a perfect all-weather vehicle.
If that was not enough, the I-PACE comes with some impressive performance figures too. With just under 400bhp, the I-PACE can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and can travel up to 292 miles on a full charge. The slow and dull electric car stigma of old has well and truly been quashed with the I-PACE.Search Used Jaguar I-PACE
Launched just before the millennium, the first-generation Audi TT was an instant design classic. Naturally, newer generation models have evolved over time, but the distinctive silhouette has had little alteration, receiving positive enhancements with the car's evolution. This has ensured the TT has remained a superb-looking sports coupé throughout the years.
As with many other popular cars, the Audi TT features multiple specifications and models to choose from. For those wanting all-wheel drive, Quattro models are the ones to go for. Quattro is Audi terminology for all-wheel drive.
Each Quattro model offers enhanced levels of grip, performance and stability. Range-topping, high-performance models such as the TTS and TT RS offer remarkable levels of acceleration too, with 0 to 62mph coming up in just 4.5 and 3.7 seconds respectively.Search Used Audi TT
Interestingly, although the X3 is smaller than the X5 in the current BMW X model line-up, this latest generation of X3 is actually wider and longer than the original X5 that was launched way back in 1999.
Therefore, the X3 features plenty of space and textbook executive styling, and is a fantastic addition to the BMW X range. Inside it is the same story with high quality material choices, and a cutting-edge infotainment and instrument cluster set-up.
The X3 is also all-wheel drive and is perfect for all-weather driving, keeping you in complete control when the terrain gets tricky. If you are on the lookout for a great looking, well-made SUV with the quality and excellent driving experience associated with a BMW, you cannot go wrong with an X3.Search Used BMW X3
Volkswagen Golf R
The Volkswagen Golf R is a car that does lots of things extremely well. It simply takes the brilliance of the standard Golf, adds in sports car performance along with dependable all-wheel drive to create a seriously compelling all-round ownership prospect.
Is it luxurious though? With solid build quality, lovely material choice, superb infotainment and a striking digital instrument panel, we certainly think so. And, let us not forget the sports car performance, as the Golf R will complete the 0 to 62mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds, thanks in part to the excellent automatic DSG transmission, which comes as standard.
This latest MK8 Golf R comes exclusively as a 5-door, although if you prefer a sportier 3-door, the older MK7 Golf R is another fine alternative in the all-wheel drive used car market.Search Used Volkswagen Golf
Mercedes-Benz are famed for their luxury, and the GLC is another model that offers a premium, luxurious driving experience that is sure to impress.
The striking SUV is based upon the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of the company's most celebrated models, so the GLC has the perfect foundations to build upon. Sharp looks featuring the iconic three-pointed star taking pride of place on the front grille combine to make the GLC a great-looking SUV. Inside, the latest digital dials and infotainment ensure it has the wow factor for driver and passengers alike.
Standard-fit 4-MATIC, which is the name given to Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive, means winter driving and challenging terrain pose no threat for this sleek Mercedes-Benz SUV.Search Used Mercedes-Benz GLC
MINI Clubman JCW
This probably explains why it is the quickest-accelerating MINI, thanks to the extra grip and ease of pulling away that the all-wheel drive system gives. But is the MINI Clubman luxurious too? With a stylish interior, comprising of quality material choice and state-of-the-art infotainment, it qualifies easily and is a great place in which to spend time.
Being a Clubman, you also get more space than the standard MINI hatch. We have to say that the MINI Countryman is more practical, but we have selected the Clubman for this list due to its uniqueness and performance.Search Used MINI Clubman
Find your perfect used luxury four-wheel drive car with Stratstone
With everything from high performance saloon and four-door cars, to popular SUVs, hot hatches and even a super sports car, there are many different types of luxury four-wheel drive car to go for. Proof that whatever your preference, there is a luxurious all-wheel drive car out there to make life easier, making winter driving a pleasure rather than a chore.
Best of all, this is only a handful of high-end, luxurious four-wheel drive cars available at Stratstone. We also have a fine array of other cars to choose from, simply take a look at used our inventory to find your perfect luxury car today.