What Are The Most Popular Cars Used By World Leaders?

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  • Leading politicians and royals do not skimp on their official cars. 
  • It forms an integral part of their daily amenities.
  • Here are their most popular four-wheeled companions.

As cost of living crises brew the world over, the luxuries endowed upon heads of state seem garish and awkward. However, given the amount of travel that world leaders undertake, and the power they possess or seek to portray, it remains unsurprising that they travel in style.  

Luxury Comes At a Price

The top five cars used by world leaders boast an average value of £199,656, ranging from the Rolls-Royce Phantom to the Lexus LS. It is difficult to estimate the exact price of world leaders’ cars, since most of them will be customized with additional security features, but even off the shelf, they are not cheap. The Phantom alone, which is most popular among royals, costs a pretty £351,486. From Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to King Felipe VI of Spain, there is no car more popular with royalty than the Rolls-Royce.

Top 5 Most Expensive Cars Owned

Car Model Prices From
Rolls-Royce Phantom £351,486
Maybach 62 £318,285
Mercedes-Maybach S600 £172,285
Range Rover £83,630
Lexus LS £72,595

 

However, the Phantom is not the most popular overall among world leaders. That crown goes to the BMW 7 Series, favored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and King Philippe of Belgium (to name a few). The 7 series was originally launched in 1977 and has seen five model generations since then, all of which evoke comparatively affordable luxury and power through a £72,190 price tag today. That price range is very much the average for world leaders, since their second and third more favored chariots are the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, respectively.

World Leaders’ Favorite Car Manufacturers

Car Model Number of Cars
Mercedes-Benz 67
BMW 35
Toyota 33
Audi 19
Lexus 14

 

While the BMW is the most favored car, it is not the popular manufacturer. That title goes to Mercedes. Accounting for 67 out of the 299 cars looked, Mercedes-Benz is far and away the most popular among world leaders. Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has four at his disposal while Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has three. In fact, across the category of presidents and prime ministers, Mercedes is the clear winner, followed by Toyota, a refreshing change away from the obvious. 

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Source: InvestmentMonitor

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