These luxury cars are as affordable as entry-level luxury cars get

Luxury cars give us more comfort, more technology, and better craftsmanship than normal run of the mill transportation. However, because it costs more to make even an entry-level luxury car, the price tag is often higher than that of a normal car. That said, the main reason we don’t see cheap luxury cars is the added value of the badge. More specifically, the associations of quality and prestige that come with it. Still, there is a chance for you to own a luxury car without breaking the bank. Here are some of the most affordable luxury cars that are currently on the market.

Genesis G70

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The Genesis G70 is a newcomer in the luxury segment. Established in 2015, Hyundai’s luxury brand is one of the youngest luxury brands today. As far as luxury sport sedans go, this is probably your best bet, as the G70 starts from just $35,450. For this price, you get a luxury sport sedan with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 266 pound-feet (360 Nm). You can also get a 3.3-liter V-6 with 370 horsepower and 384 pound-feet (520 Nm). Combined fuel economy is 25.3 mpg (9.3L/100km) – 21.2 mpg (11.1L/100km), and power goes to the rear wheels. All-wheel-drive is optional.

Read our full review on the Genesis G70

Infiniti Q50

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Japan has long been a consistent player in the luxury sport sedan segment. With the Q50, Infiniti has set its sights on the BMW 3 Series, which is considered the benchmark of the segment when it comes to luxury sports cars. It has all the right features too. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 comes with 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm). For the Red Sport, those numbers are 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm). 0-62 mph (100 km/h) happens in 6.0 and 4.8 seconds, respectively. Power goes to either the rear or all four wheels, through a 7-speed automatic. The EPA gives a fuel economy rating at 22 mpg (10.7L/100km) – 26.0 mpg (9L/100km) combined. Prices for the Infiniti Q50 start from $36,000.

Read our full review on the Infiniti Q50

BMW 3 Series

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The BMW 3 Series is the car most other luxury sport sedans measure up against. The 3 Series has a long history of offering a perfect blend of performance, style, comfort, and engaging driving experience. With a $41,250 starting price, it’s still under the $45,000 mark, but for that price you’ll have to settle for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder 330i. You still get 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm), which is good for a 5.8-second 0-62 mph time. At the same time, the combined fuel economy is 40.5 mpg (5.8L/100km). Power goes either to the rear or all four wheels if you opt for the Xdrive all-wheel-drive system. You also get a smooth 8-speed ZF automatic.

Read our full review on the BMW 3-Series

Volvo S60

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Volvo has always been the oddball in the segment, with its interesting and quirky models. They have finally found their definitive design and have brought out some excellent propositions to the luxury car market. Volvo is usually associated with safety, above all else. That said, the engineers have not neglected the driving dynamics. From 2020 onwards, they offer MHEV technology on almost all drivetrain options. That said, if you want to keep it more affordable, you can still get the T5 or T6 versions, which both have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The numbers are 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) for the T5, and 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) for the T6. The 0-62 mph sprint is achieved in 6.5 and 5.9 seconds respectively. EPA is rated at 33.1 mpg (7.1L/100km) – 29.4 mpg (8.0L/100km) combined. Prices start from $36,050.

Read our full review on the Volvo S60

Jaguar XE

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If you want to play the villain from the movies, you can get a Jag. The XE starts from $39,900 USD, and for that much, you get Jaguar’s smallest luxury sport sedan. It features stylish interior and exterior design, high connectivity, and a bunch of smooth, yet torquey 2.0-liter turbo-fours, mated to the equally capable 8-speed ZF automatic. Power goes to the rear wheels, or optionally, to all four wheels, through a rear-biased, intelligent all-wheel-drive system. 250 horsepower and 269 pound-feet (365 Nm) or 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) versions are available. The sprint to 62 mph happens in 6.7 and 5.9 seconds respectively. Fuel economy is rated at 29.7 mpg (7.9L/100km) – 27.0 mpg (8.7L/00km).

Read our full review on the Jaguar XE

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The Stuttgart brand has long been associated with a high level of luxury and sophistication. With a starting price of $41,400, the C-class certainly qualifies as an affordable luxury car. As with the 3 Series, the entry-level C300 gets you a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. However, you also get MHEV technology as well, which assists the gasoline engine when it’s not at its most efficient work cycle. This gives you 258 horsepower and 273 pound-feet (370 Nm). In addition, the 0-62 mph sprint happens in 5.9 seconds and combined fuel economy is 36.2 mpg (6.5L/100km). Power is put to the ground via a 9-speed G-Tronic automatic gearbox and is sent to either the rear or all wheels, through the 4-Matic system.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Lexus ES

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The Japanese luxury car brand quickly became a symbol for luxury and reliability. The Lexus ES is one of their latest additions to the brand’s lineup. In addition to offering more interior space than most other luxury cars in the segment, the ES also provides superior levels of comfort since it doesn’t have any sportier claims. It’s simply a spacious, comfortable, luxurious cruiser. That said, despite its transversely-mounted engine and front-wheel-drive layout (all-wheel-drive is optional), the ES can still put a smile on your face. You can get a full hybrid electric vehicle (FHEV) with 215 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (249 Nm) or the more exciting 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V-6 with 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet (362 Nm), in which case 0-62 mph happens in around 6.0 seconds. Power goes through a smooth 8-speed automatic. Prices for the Lexus ES start from $39,900.

Read our full review on the Lexus ES

Volvo XC40

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Volvo is back with another interesting proposition. The quirky, but functional XC40 is a perfect example of not only a well-executed interior but also an efficient use of interior space. Despite being just 174.2 inches (4,425 mm) long, it offers plenty of space on the inside for a whole family. When we talk about cheap luxury cars, it’s hard to beat the XC40’s $33,700 starting price. The 190 horsepower T4 variant is quite adequate, with its 221 pound-feet (300 Nm) and a 0-62 mph time of 8.4 seconds, but if you want a bit more power, you can get the T5. There, you have 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm), which gives you a 6.2-second 0 to 62 mph time. A smooth 8-speed Aisin automatic is responsible for shifting the gears. Combined fuel economy is 35.6 mpg (6.6L/100km) and 32.7 mpg (7.2L/100km) respectively.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC40

Lexus UX

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The latest entry comes in the form of a Japanese EV crossover. With a starting price of $32,300, the UX is definitely one of the most affordable luxury cars you can get today. In addition, you get the legendary Lexus reliability that is embedded in its Toyota roots, as well as lots of equipment as standard. The UX also provides comfort rivaling that of larger vehicles. The engine is where you might be let down. Even in the hybrid version, you get just 177 horsepower and 133 pound-feet (180 Nm), which is good for an 8.5-second time to 62 mph. A more powerful EV version will be available very soon. Regardless, the UX is still a good and comfortable commuter and offers plenty of bang for the buck in terms of equipment. It’s also the most fuel-efficient on the list, achieving 52.3 mpg (4.5L/100km).

Read our full review on the Lexus UX

Q&A

What are luxury cars?

Luxury cars are those which offer more comfort, are better equipped, and have superior craftsmanship, compared to normal vehicles.

Is Acura a luxury brand?

Yes. Acura is the luxury brand of Honda.

Is Genesis a luxury brand?

Yes. It’s the luxury brand of Hyundai. Genesis became a brand in 2015. Before that, the name Genesis was used for a sports car and a luxury saloon from Hyundai’s lineup.

Are German cars luxury cars?

Not all of them. Brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi are luxury, while others like Volkswagen and Opel are more common and mass-produced.

Why do people buy luxury cars?

Usually, because they offer superior comfort, better materials, and features not found in more common vehicles.

What are the best luxury cars?

The best luxury cars would be the ones that are the most comfortable, use materials of the finest quality, have the most features, and are exclusive. Brands like Maybach, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin are some of the brands that best combine all these aspects.

Are luxury cars more reliable?

It depends. Luxury cars are built with a lot more attention to detail, and often much better materials. On the other hand, they have a lot more tech, which could potentially fail over time.

Which luxury cars depreciate the fastest?

Almost all luxury cars depreciate fast, often because of the enormous sticker price, because of the “brand tax”. A factor that rapidly diminishes, as soon as a new model comes out.

Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read More
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