17 Luxury Cars That Aren’t Worth the Money

It’s time for you to finally buy a luxury car or add one more to your collection, so you’re out on the internet window shopping. While everyone tells you what to buy, we’re here to do the opposite. Here are 17 luxury cars you should avoid for various reasons.

Tesla Model S

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Unless you’d like to pay tens of thousands of dollars extra to only enjoy faster acceleration, it’s best to stick to a $40,000 car. The Tesla Model S, priced at $74,990, doesn’t come with the same superb material build and design as you would see with other luxury vehicles.

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

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It’s beautiful both inside and out, but if you want a car that’s good for everyday use, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale doesn’t cut it. Couple this with its high cost of maintenance and repairs, and you have a liability poking holes in your pocket. Well, all these apply, except you just want to keep it as a trophy piece.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a classic, but it’s one classic that hasn’t evolved with the technological reality of today. For its price tag and the maintenance costs that come with it, the lack of many technological features found in other modern vehicles makes it not worth the value to many.

Jaguar XJ

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For the Jaguar XJ, it’s all about avoiding an experience filled with many technical issues. Although it has received great ratings throughout its 10-year lifespan, the latter models experienced electronic and exhaust-related issues that Jaguar had to pay to fix. The manufacturer also stopped production of the XJ model in 2019.

Cadillac XTS

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The luxury of the Cadillac XTS is only in its name, price tag, and maintenance costs, not the features it brings to you. Well, at least it comes with hybrid pneumatic and magnetic suspensions, but you also have to deal with stereo system freezes, paint chipping, and faster brake wear, as Vehicle History shares.

Maserati Quattroporte

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The Maserati Quattroporte offers so little that Business Insider ranked it as the car that loses the most value after five years—72.5%, to be exact. The most jarring issue most of its owners are probably disappointed about is how poor its build and design are.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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Alongside cheap interiors, this almost $90,000 car overwhelms its customers with sensor, connector, bearing, and ECU issues. Its brakes are also known to perform relatively poorly, and WhatCar even rates it 18th out of 19th for reliability in its 2022 Executive Car Reliability survey.

Tesla Model X

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For the Tesla Model X, it’s not about poor quality but rather the amount of luxury you’re likely to get somewhere else at the same price range. What’s more, the eye-catching winged doors and touchscreen system aren’t exactly good for the user experience, as they’re hard to operate.

Maserati Ghibli

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There are claims the Maserati Ghibli comes with cheap interiors, infotainment system problems, poor fuel management, and power steering issues. For a $100,000 midsize sedan, you’ll find better-designed cars in the same price range or even cheaper.

Audi A8

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The 2013, 2014, and 2015 versions of the Audi A8 models were recalled due to fuel supply leaks that posed a fire hazard. Its 2019, 2020, and 2021 models were also recalled due to missing sealings that made the control module malfunction. Do you want to pay $91,000 for a car with this kind of history?

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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With the Mercedes-Benz S-Class models, you have a car that depreciates in the market quickly. iSeeCars reports that these models lose 56% of their value within their first five years—a loss that amounts to over $60,000. Add high maintenance costs, and you see there’s even more to lose.

BMW 7 Series

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The BMW 7 Series comes with high sophistication and excellent quality builds—features that you’d love from a top luxury model. However, they’re so high-end that repairs get very expensive. The cars also depreciate quickly (61.8% after five years), making them a bad choice for resellers.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Here, you want to specifically watch out for the 2018 and 2019 GLAs. These have been designed with little leg and head room, low space for cargo, and an unsmooth ride experience. At least it’s not as expensive as the other cars on our list, though.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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Behind all the slim aesthetics of the DB11 Volante are problems with space. The car is so thinly designed that its convertible top takes up most of the trunk space, leaving you with less room to fit in your multiple travel bags. Also, it’s a four-seater, but the back seats aren’t exactly designed with people in mind, as WhatCar explains.

Lincoln Continental

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Ford’s Lincoln Continental performed so poorly in sales that the company had to halt production in 2020. This beautiful-looking sedan didn’t quite live up to its concept design, as it offered low-quality interiors that buyers weren’t willing to pay $70,000 for. On the bright side, it compensates with its low ownership costs.

Aston Martin Rapide S

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Termed by many during its time as the world’s most beautiful sedan, operating the Aston Martin Rapide S can be a pain in the neck. The car comes with very lengthy dimensions that make steering difficult, which is something sporty drivers wouldn’t like to deal with. For $200,000, it also comes with badly-reviewed leg space.

Jaguar F-Pace

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The Jaguar F-Pace simply suffers in its reliability ratings. It is deemed less dependable than other cars in the market within its price range, and WhatCar even reported recalls in 2017 due to fuel rail leakages. It also loses about half of its value after the first five years.

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