Picture the scene: your alarm for work goes off a little late and you think you might miss your train. You end up sprinting to the station with your hair still wet, your shirt buttoned up awkwardly and your underwear on back to front. Sound familiar?
With some public transport commutes, leaving the house just five minutes late can make you more than an hour late for work (if there aren't regular trains). Assuming you do manage to catch the train or bus you needed to, then there's a battle to get a seat. There's the noise. There's the overpriced ticket. All in all, commuting can be pretty stressful.
The calm and comfort that buying a luxurious car provides is worth every penny when you're driving from your front door to the office. First thing in the morning and after a hard day's slog, a quality ride is essential for commuters. Here are five cars that will make you want to ditch public transport for good...
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS is more desirable than ever, coming with more efficient hybrid engines, a plethora of tech options and new, sleeker styling. It's very relaxing to drive and the plush interior is loaded with gadgets. The Mercedes CLS was the original premium four-door coupe, beating the first Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe models to market by an entire generation. It sets the class benchmark with its unique styling and tech options. The CLS comes in just one bodystyle, but it's closely related to the E-Class, which comes in saloon, Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet variants. As such, there should be a model for all tastes and needs.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla is still the undisputed king of the EV business, and the Tesla Model 3 has played a big part in their popularity. The car is sleek and attractive, and packs in ample battery and engine power under the hood. It's also remarkably comfortable, particularly when you get Autopilot going. The standard model is the cheapest of the line, and is able to tackle 272 miles of range, with a top speed of 140 mph and 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds. That's pretty quick, right?! There's also tons of tech to entertain even the most savvy driver, such as the huge central touchscreen that houses all of the usual console controls, and it even has games!
This stunning Jag has just about everything a commuter could want. It's great to drive, looks as good on the inside as the out! Inside it's huge, but the hi-tech construction makes it feel lighter and smaller than it is when you're driving. Jaguar has borrowed much of what makes the smaller XE such a desirable compact executive car to make the XF saloon comfortable, refined and good to drive, benefitting from Jaguar's proven handling know-how to deliver a composed and engaging driving experience. Sharp styling, a strong range of engines and an engaging chassis mean the XF is well worth considering as an alternative to its German rivals.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is practically the perfect mid-point luxury saloon if you want a slightly smaller whip. They are not quite as large as the 7 series, but more refined than the 3 series. They're comfortable, luxurious and packed with tech; the type of car that makes you want to go to work, if only for the time you'll spend driving. When it comes to options, you're spoiled for choice: from rear to four-wheel-drive, multiple trim and tech levels, and a great range of engines. The final model in the 5 Series range is the 523bhp M550i, which delivers a scorching 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds.
This compact luxury SUV has won awards for its appeal to families, but the Audi Q5's appeal to commuters should not be ignored. The comfy front seats offer fantastic outward visibility and its agile handling makes for a smooth and tranquil ride, even on the most busy and traffic-jammed mornings. The large boot and masses of space in both the front and rear mean you'll never feel claustrophobic, and should your commute ever take you (slightly) off the beaten track it has all-terrain four wheel drive, hill descent control and traction control for those wet and slippery roads. Audi is renowned for its reliability, so it's safe to say you probably won't have any long journeys home from work (predominantly spent waiting for help on the hard shoulder) any time soon.
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