Royal Seal of Approval: CarGurus Lists the Top Cars for Buyers Looking to Drive Like a Royal

  • Ahead of the Coronation, CarGurus highlights available cars that have received a Royal blessing, including affordable hatchbacks, off-road classics, and technology-packed EVs
  • Models in King Charles III's garage have included the electric Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model S, plus the Audi A6 Allroad
  • Cars owned by the late Queen Elizabeth II and Princes William and Harry include the Bentley Bentayga, Ford Focus MK1, and Audi RS6
  • Driving like a monarch doesn’t have to come with a royal price tag – CarGurus identifies models such as the Land Rover Discovery 3 with available listings averaging in price at just £7,448

Ahead of the coronation of King Charles III, CarGurus — a leading online automotive marketplace to shop, buy, and sell used vehicles — has compiled the top cars carrying a royal connection that Brits can call their own.

For those looking to drive like a royal, used cars for sale similar to those the King once owned are highlighted. Queen Elizabeth II and Princes William and Harry’s cars of choice are also featured.

Vehicles with the royal seal of approval include classic off-roaders used by the Monarchs to patrol their country estates, ford the occasional river, or arrive at the races in a suitable fashion.

At the opposite end of the automotive spectrum, technology-rich, semi-autonomous EVs have been known to occupy royal garage space as future regal motors transition towards more sustainably-powered transport.

Affordable hatchbacks also make the cut: Prince William learned to drive in a MK1 Ford Focus. While the MK1 body style has long since been retired, various Focus styles available on average in price for £12,096.

Chris Knapman, Editor at CarGurus U.K., provides insight on CarGurus’ top royal picks:

Cars owned by King Charles III:

Jaguar I-Pace
The Royal Family’s first electric car is thought to have been a Jaguar I-Pace, which the King purchased in 2018. It is believed he still owns it and uses it for low-emission travel within London.
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Tesla Model S
The King is believed to have tested a Tesla Model S electric car in 2021 for a six-month period. The car was sold later that year with 7,000 miles on the clock.
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Land Rover Discovery 3
The Royal family has a long connection with the Land Rover brand, and the King is no exception. A 2007 Tonga Green Land Rover Discovery 3 that he used to drive at Highgrove, his country estate, was sold at auction earlier this year for £12,000.
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Bentley Turbo R
In contrast to the electric I-Pace, the King previously ran a Bentley with a 6.75-litre V8 petrol engine as part of his fleet. The Brewster Green Turbo RL came up for auction in 2018 having had two subsequent owners and covered 140,000 miles.
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Audi A4 Allroad
The King has been spotted driving at Balmoral in an Audi A4 Allroad. Indeed, it’s the car that was believed to be involved in an unfortunate accident with Charles at the wheel in 2016, when he collided with a deer on the estate.
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Range Rover (multiple generations)
A green three-door Range Rover V8 owned by the Royal family, and used by the King when he was courting Princess Diana, sold at auction in 2018 for £101,350.
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Cars owned by other members of the Royal Family:

Queen Elizabeth II:

Bentley Bentayga (2015-2020 generation)
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Land Rover Defender 110 (1983–2016 generations)
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Jaguar X-Type Estate (2004-2010 generation)
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Prince William:

Audi RS E-Tron GT
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Ford Focus (1998-2005 MK1 generation)
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Prince Harry:

Audi RS6 Avant (2013-2018 generation)
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Audi E-Tron
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