For me, the long-roof Panamera represents exactly that: properly fast and astonishingly capable in bendy bits, given its weight; yet also comfortable, spacious enough for the family to come along with you, and with an estate-ish tail and folding seats that mean you can carry longer loads from time to time. It even closed in on 30mpg on the motorway.
Of course, the 4S starts at £93,979 - and the one I was driving was fitted with a welter of options lifting its value considerably clear of that figure. That puts it out of reach of all but the privileged few. But as ever, the used car market is full to brimming with cut-price options that are considerably more accessible, and which I've spent most of the morning alternately drooling over and convincing myself not to buy.
Off-roading a part of your jack-of-all-trades' requirements? No problem. For the same price as that RS6, how about this Range Rover Sport? Granted, it's not quite as quick as the RS6, but the supercharged V8 means it'll still get a shift on; it's done just shy of 60,000 miles, too, and there's a glut of service history which will help minimise the risk of it breaking down. Relatively speaking, of course. I rather like the Cairns Blue paintwork, and a whopping spec list means you'll have all the toys you could possibly wish for. On road, you'll get comfort and class; off road, you'll get to where you need to be.
Not everybody has, of course. Happily, though, there's now a car that proves the ultimate do-it-all for just £5,000, or even less, in many cases. The Mk2 Skoda Octavia vRS is, essentially, a Mk5 Golf GTI under the skin - another car that performs well in a jack-of-all-trades role. But the Octavia's a better buy as it's cheaper and even more practical, especially if you happen upon the estate version. This one isn't - but the hatch's boot is so vast it'll suffice for most people, and it's cheaper to buy, too. How does £3,650 sound for a car with a low mileage, full year's MOT and a full history?
Granted, the cambelt and water pump will need doing on this one, but spend some of your change on that and rest safe in the knowledge it won't need doing again for another four years. And better that than the timing chain, complete with iffy tensioners, used on the post-facelift versions. Throw in an easy 40mpg on a motorway run and I'm struggling to think why you wouldn't. Few cars do so much for so little money. It's so good, in fact, I think I'd spend my lottery win all-rounder cash on this instead - and save the rest of the £90k for a time when I'd got a bigger driveway.