Sedans used to be the most sought after car before the 2000s, but in the last 10 years, car lovers seeking utility, comfort and space have switched from sedans to crossovers and SUVs.
This change in choice cars have also led to a drop in sedan sales. Most car manufacturers in order to keep their customers and attract more have made some really roomy sedans that can even go head to head with certain crossovers. Not everyone wants a car with a boot they can see. These kinds of car owners go for large sedans to meet their personal and cargo needs. Without wasting anymore time, here are 10 of the most spacious sedans in the last decade, collected by Naijauto.com!
1. The Audi A8
The first luxury car ever whose exterior was made of majorly aluminium, is the Audi A8. The model was launched in the 90s and came as an all wheel drive. Though many people preferred the S8 because of its high performance, but the A8 got popular as a result of its space and longer wheelbase. The versions made in the last 10 years come with V8 or V6 turbocharged engine that puts out 450 or 333 horsepowers and 444 and 325 pound feet of torque - depending on what option you prefer. The back seat has a leg room of about 43 inches - as compared to the 36 inch you will find in an average sedan.
Audi A8 is not only roomy but also powerful
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2. BMW 7 series
At a time when ardent BMW fans wanted something more spacious than the BMW 3 series, the German automaker introduced the BMW 7 series. Over the years, it had even gone ahead to become among the top 3 best selling spacious luxury cars in the United States.
The popular roomy one is the 2016 version. A lot of upgrade came along with it. The car comes with a long wheelbase than any 3 series made. The backseat has a head room of 38.9 inches and leg room of 44.4 inches. Depending on the trim level you go for, 740i xDrive or 740i, you can get a 3 liter twin power 6 cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 332 pound feet of torque and 320 horsepower. There are also the high performance 750i xDrive, 750i and hybrid variants - if you seek speed on addition to space.
The BMW 7 series always rank top when it comes to sedan cars
3. Ford Taurus
In the 1980s, Toyota Camry and Honda accord practically owned major roads around the world, but Ford wasn't having any of it. They launched the Ford Taurus. It came as a midsize sedan, competing with the biggest brands you can ever imagine. In the 2000s, the American automaker decided to redesign the model, making it more spacious than the previous. This is why the 2008 - 2010 versions look a lot bigger than the predecessors.
The versions also came with 3.5 liter V6 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 270 pound feet of torque and 240 horsepower. The headroom is 37.8 inches and the back legroom is just above 38 inches.
Recent Ford Taurus models are given more space than their predecessors
4. Hyundai Azera
Probably after Toyota and Honda, Hyundai is the next in line for brands that build compact fuel economy sedans. But in 2006, the South Korea car brand delved into the large sedans market. From then on, the Azera car models made have had quite some space while maintaining their efficiency. The Azera comes with a standard 3.3 liter V6 engine which has an output of 255 pound feet of torque and almost 300 HP. Other features include Android auto and Apple Carplay adaptability, 14-speaker audio system, 8 inch coloured navigation touch screen, blind spot monitoring, well ventilated interior amongst others. The back seat has 36.8 inches of legroom and 37.6 inches of headroom.
The Hyundai Azera is spacious, comfortable & fuel-efficient
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5. Kia Cadenza
You must be quite shocked seeing car in this content. Nigerians know Kia motors for making some of the smallest cars. That's why when the brand name comes to mind, Kia Rio is the model most people remember. But it's worthy to note that Kia shocked fans and critics alike in 2014 when they released a full size Kia Cadenza. It comes with pretty much the same features as listed for the Hyundai Azera.
In addition, it has an 8-speed automatic transmission. It's also fuel efficient and the versions made till date come with some advanced tech features. The Cadenza cars now have over 37 inches of legroom at the back and almost 38 inches of headroom.
Besides small cars, Kia also produces large sedans like this Cadenza
6. Lexus LS
When Toyota decided to launch it's luxury arm, Lexus, little did anyone expect them to make a name for themselves. In 1989, the Lexus LS was launched and set the pace for spacious sedans. The car has different trim levels like the LS 460L and LS 460 with a 4.6 liter V8 engine that powers them. The LS also has the normal wheelbase and long wheelbase variants. They come with 35.8 inches and 36.7 inches legroom respectively. The back seat in both have 38 inches of head room.
Lexus LS ensures the best comfort for its passengers
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7. Mercedes Benz S-class
One of Mercedes Benz's best selling luxury sedans is the S-class. There's the S550, S550e and S600 variants. They come with 4.6 liter V8, 3 liter V6 and 6 liter V12 dual turbocharged engines respectively. There are also the S65 and S63 versions. The S-class has a standard 37.4 inches headroom and 43.1 inches legroom at the rear seat area.
S-class is among the best-sellers from Mercedes-Benz
8. Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima was once a popular luxury sedan in Nigeria, in the late 90s. But just like every other sedan manufacturer, they didn't think of going full size until 2016. Maintaining the standard 3.5 liter V6 engine, the Maxima is a great fuel efficient with enough space for passengers and cargo. The headroom is 36.7 inches while the legroom is just above 34 inches. The most recent versions are quite spacious.
Driving a Nissan Maxima, you no longer need to worry about your cargo space
9. Porsche Panamera
Just like how you didn't expect Kia to be on this list, you probably didn't expect Porsche to be here either. Well, the Porsche Panamera is the brand's largest car. It's a sedan that can actually go head to head with the Porsche Cayenne when it comes to space. The 2010 model till the most recent come with more legroom than the BMW 7 series and Mercedes Benz S-class mentioned above. The Panamera comes in 10 trim levels. We'll probably write a different article for that.
A Panamera offers nearly the same space as a Cayenne
10. Toyota Avalon
When the Toyota Avalon was launched in 1995, everyone knew it was a big daddy to the Camry. The rear seat has 37.9 inches headroom and over 39 inches legroom. That's why a lot of people say that the being in the Avalon is like being in a Venza.
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Toyota Avalon is a familiar name to Nigerians when buying sedans
If you wish to get a spacious sedan, this list will help you make the right selection. My personal picks would be the Toyota Avalon, the Mercedes S-class and the Audi A8. These cars are not just roomy but also reliable, especially in Nigerian context.
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