Luxury vehicles offer a host of features and comfort, but all this richness is worthless if you don’t fit behind the wheel. With this in mind, let’s dive right into our look at the best luxury cars and SUVs for tall drivers. All interior measurements are based on current-generation models. We’ve sorted these by best legroom. Sure, headroom is important, but for most tall drivers, legroom and the ability to safely operate the pedals are paramount.
Front Legroom: 46.3 inches
Front Headroom: 41.1 inches
Unless you follow the auto industry, you might not know that Genesis is the luxury division of South Korea-based Hyundai. In fact, up until a few years ago, Genesis cars were sold along Hyundais in the same dealership. Today’s Genesis models offer world-class luxury bargains compared to its German and Japanese rivals. At the top of the Genesis pecking, the order is the G90 sedan, which boasts more front legroom than just about anything on the road, including the Mercedes S-Class.
Front Legroom: 44.5 inches
Front Headroom: 42.3 inches
The GMC Yukon, especially in the top-tier Denali trim, bridges the gap between the Main Street Chevrolet Tahoe and the Wall Street Cadillac Escalade. An all-new Yukon (and Suburban/Tahoe and Escalade) was launched for the 2021 model year with a level of refinement that’s gotten better with each generation. Massive interior space and three rows of seating make for a capable vehicle for both passengers and cargo. Depending on the year and drivetrain setup, the Yukon can tow up to 8,300 pounds. In addition, the Cadillac Escalade has identical front cabin measurements.
Front Legroom: 43.9 inches
Front Headroom: 41.8 inches
When it launched almost 25 years ago, the Lincoln Navigator helped create the full-sized luxury SUV market. So, it only fits that the fourth-generation Navigator, which launched in 2018, still presents a comfortable option for tall drivers. Some Navigators are equipped with power 30-way (yes, you read that right) front seats with heating and cooling, making this Lincoln well-suited for hours of highway travel. Let’s not forget that there’s a massage function, too. Thanks to a six-figure price tag, the Black Label Navigator has the distinction of being the most expensive regular production car ever sold by Ford.
Front Legroom: 42.1 inches
Front Headroom: 39.1 inches
We’ll skip the first-generation BMW 8 Series coupe that appeared in the 1990s and instead look at the new 8 Series that debuted in 2018. This model combines BMW’s legendary performance credentials with a chiseled exterior that will get noticed at the country club. Despite its rakish proportions, the four-door 840i Gran Coupe offers a surprising amount of front-seat room that’s ideal for long-distance motoring. The second-gen 8 Series is also available in two-door hardtop and convertible varieties with almost identical front-seat measurements.
Front Legroom: 41.9 inches
Front Headroom: 40.1 inches
Unless you hang around Beverly Hills or other posh neighborhoods, a Bentley Continental GT is a rare sight. What’s not rare is the amount of space that a Continental GT treats the front-seat occupants to. Of course, sumptuous leather and a forest of wood trim complete the experience. A 12-cylinder engine making 626 horsepower doesn’t hurt either.
Front Legroom: 41.5 inches
Front Headroom: 38.3 inches
Audi’s flagship sedan often gets overshadowed by the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, but the A8 presents a credible alternative for full-size luxury in a four-door package. Inside, you’ll find a precisely crafted cabin, state-of-the-art technology, and a more sporty driving experience. Even though this car can be ordered in an elongated “L” version, the extra space only goes to the back seat; front-seat specs stay the same.
Front Legroom: 41.4 inches
Front Headroom: 39.9 inches
At more than 17 feet in length, the BMW 740i sedan is long, very long. In fact, unless you opt for the Bentley Flying Spur or a special long-wheelbase variant Mercedes or Audi, the 740i is the longest four-door passenger car you can buy in the U.S. So, it’s no surprise that its interior space is accommodating to tall drivers. In addition to its top-tier interior cabin, those behind the wheel will appreciate the taller greenhouse for comfortable headroom and good outward visibility.
Front Legroom: 41.2 inches
Front Headroom: 42.6 inches
Now that Buick has gone all SUVs, this GM division has to work extra hard to make its offerings stand out in a market that’s full of SUVs. The three-row Enclave is Buick’s flagship model, so naturally, there are luxury cabin touches. It’s a GMC Yukon, but the Enclave offers deluxe space for tall drivers wanting something upscale without the bulk of larger competitors. Regardless of year, all Enclaves are powered by a six-cylinder engine making for relatively fuel-efficient ownership compared to eight-cylinder vehicles.
Front Legroom: 41.2 inches
Front Headroom: 41.7 inches
Both the Tesla Model X and Model S offer impressive front-row measurements. And while the Model S has greater front legroom (42.7 inches), we’ll give the nod to the Model X for its spacious front headroom. Trailblazing Elon Musk sought to create an SUV like no other, and the Model X certainly succeeds even beyond its all-electric powertrain. From the rear “Falcon” doors to neck-snapping performance, the Model X is hard to miss. The newest Plaid variant will hit 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds; impressive indeed.
Front Legroom: 41.0 inches
Front Headroom: 37.3 inches
The Germans can’t get all the attention for sedans and tall driver comfort, so the Lexus LS is a noteworthy choice. Yes, the sloping roofline dips a bit into headroom, but leg stretching can be done with ease. Unless you’re a student of automotive history, you may be unfamiliar with the original role of the LS; to provide a less expensive alternative to German luxury sedans (Genesis is following the same play). Today, the LS is every bit as costly and competent as the S-Class, 7 Series, or A8.
Front Legroom: 40.9 inches
Front Headroom: 38.9 inches
Volvo’s largest SUV gets high marks for a Scandinavian-designed interior that rivals the best of Germany, Japan, and the U.S. And while the XC90 isn’t the biggest SUV on the road, you’d never notice it by the front-seat space. Perhaps Nordic countries’ reputation for tall citizens filters down into Volvo design. The first-generation XC90 (which debuted in 2002) was at the vanguard of upscale European SUVs, while the second-gen model (since 2015) offers refinement and capable four-cylinder-only power.
Front Legroom: 40.3 inches
Front Headroom: 39.4 inches
The GLS is about as big and luxurious as you can get with an SUV. While its front cabin dimensions are less than some other high-end SUVs, this shortfall is more than compensated for by top-notch materials and fit and finish that’s hard to beat. Keep in mind that earlier versions of this model have been around since 2006 when they were labeled under the GL nameplate. Mercedes began the GLS designation in 2006 to position the vehicle as to the SUV equivalent of its storied S-Class sedan.
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