Yet while your passengers will appreciate the cosseting qualties of the Range Rover, you’ll arguably be having an even better time behind the wheel. Despite its vast dimensions, the Range Rover is suprisingly easy to place on the road, thanks to excellent visibility and its precise steering, while the optional steered rear axle delivers surprising agility in tight spots. Active anti-roll bars means the car handles with impressive poise and tautness when in a hurry, while of course no other rival is as adept when getting their wheels muddy. Nearly half a century on from the pioneering original, the iconic Range Rover still delivers.  

All-electric super-luxury cars, with the performance, refinement and versatility to really command the road, have been slow to emerge – but the BMW iX is the closest thing we’ve seen to one so far. The exterior design of this full-size SUV is divisive, and to some it may not count as desirable at all. But to those who really think about the EV they want to own, who care about how sustainable its various ingredients and production processes are, and who look a little deeper to find the desirability of a high-end car, the iX should stand out for all sorts of reasons.

This car has environmentally friendly olive-tanned leather, lightweight electrically excited motors which have no need of heavy magnets, and the metals for its drive battery are sourced responsibly from North Africa and Australia. It’s available in several versions, the middle-sitting iX xDrive50 version of which has more than 500-horsepower, four-wheel drive, and advertised range in excess of 300 miles. And then there’s the headline ‘M60’ version with its 600 electric horses to call on.

Where the iX really impresses on the road is with its first-class ride isolation and drivability, which put it into this class on equal terms with the other cars here, despite being considerably cheaper than many. If you’re ready to electrify the status symbol on your gravel drive, this is – right now – the way to do it. 

If it is exclusivity you crave, do not be fooled by the BMW badge on the long bonnet of the Alpina B7. Of all the supremely special and rare cars on this list, perhaps only the Mercedes-Maybach is as unlikely to hove into your view on public roads, and the typical B7 price-tag of close to £200,000 after options reflects that.

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