The Lexus LS has totally shed its conservative image. Its aggressive styling may put off traditional clientele, but its tremendous presence means it’ll always be visible in a company carpark.
We reckon that the LS350 will also be highly visible in many rear view mirrors given its newfound driveability. It is more nimble than ever, and its naturally aspirated powertrain, complete with a rorty soundtrack, encourages more spirited driving, too.
The LS350 is so impressive that we forgive its comparatively limited backseat space and rather small boot. But we couldn’t overlook the car’s instrument cluster (too compact) and Remote Touch Interface (too clumsy). But if you’re a modern CEO who wants a limo that reflects your non-conformist personality, look no further than the latest LS.
The Mercedes-Benz S320L is the archetypal towkay’s choice of car and might thus be seen as boring. But it’s hard to argue against the saloon’s strong points that include a super-cushy ride, a dazzling dashboard and a roomy backseat.
Our biggest complaint about the S320L is its lack of verve. Because it’s the least powerful of the three saloons, the boss rushing to his board meeting might arrive late. But he’ll definitely be cossetted during the journey and arrive with his feathers unruffled.
The 6-cylinder limo that best caters to towkays who love to drive is the BMW 740Li. It has the nippiest performance and nicest handling, further enhanced by the rear-wheel-steering. Moreover, the 7’s infotainment system is the most pleasing to use, and the vehicle has so many standard features that we’d run out of page space trying to list them all.
But bean counters, take note – the 740Li is the costliest limousine in this company. Its current price of $470,888 is $35k dearer than the LS350 and a whopping $60k more than the S320L.
The towkay who also wants to feel like a boss whenever he’s behind the wheel, however, might feel that the $470k 740Li is money well spent.
(Left to right) S320L’s key has the fewest functions, but the big buttons are the most “prestigious” to press; 740Li’s device is the most advanced and is utilised for the Remote Parking function; LS350’s curvy fob has the most elegant look and feel.