If you aspire to own a luxury car from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus or other marques, you might think that such a car is out of your budget. But like most major car companies, luxury brands include bare-bones base models in their lineup.
These eleven 2016-2017 entry-level luxury vehicles have an affordable starting price of less than $42k. In some cases, much less – just under $28k.
2017 Acura ILX – Acura bills its 2017 ILX compact sport sedan as “sophisticated and quick for life in the fast lane.” There’s a lot to like about this entry-level model from Honda’s luxury brand. The starting price is also attractive, coming in at the least expensive of the 11 luxury entry-level cars in this list at $27,990. Standout selling points for this standard ILX include a new 201-horsepower 2.4-liter direct injection engine and rapid-shifting 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Fuel economy is an estimated 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.
2017 Audi A3 – The redesigned 2017 Audi A3, the German marque’s least-expensive car, starts at $31,200 for the Premium trim model with front-wheel drive and 220-horsepower 2.0t TFSI engine. Quattro all-wheel drive is also available. With a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the A3 is also a safe luxury car.
2017 BMW 2-Series – With a starting MSRP of $33,150, the 2017 BMW 230i coupe offers a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo 4-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 5.3 seconds. Fuel economy is an estimated 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is available.
2016 Cadillac ATS – Boasting “race-inspired features and a driver-centric interior,” the 2016 Cadillac ATS is an effortless way to get to experience the luxury brand’s offerings. The starting price for the ATS sedan is $33,215. The ATS is powered by a 202-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and standard six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is an estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
2017 Genesis G80 – With 311 horsepower from its 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, 8-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection/rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist/lane departure warning, the 2017 Genesis G80 3.8 RWD is affordably priced entry-level luxury at $41,400. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Consumers in the market for an all-wheel drive G80 should look at the slightly more expensive 3.8 AWD, which starts at $43,900.
2016 Infiniti Q50 – Offered in 10 models, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t is the least-expensive of the bunch, with a starting price of $33,950. Power comes from a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The AWD version is $35,950. Fuel economy is an estimated 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway in the former and 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway with AWD. Move up to the Q50 3.0t Premium and you get the 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine with estimated city/highway fuel economy of 19/28. Starting price for this model is $39,900.
2017 Jaguar XE – The all-new 2017 Jaguar XE sports sedan is the newest and least expensive model in the British marque’s lineup, starting at at $34,900. Its 240-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine is matched with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, with an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway and 24 mpg combined. There’s also the XE with a 2.0-liter 180-horsepower diesel engine with a base price of $36,400, and an estimated 32/42 mpg city/highway and 36 mpg combined.
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid – With a starting price of $31,250, the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is the only hybrid on this list of entry-level luxury cars. This price applies to the CT 200h, which Lexus describes as the most fuel-efficient gas-powered luxury vehicle – with a 42 mpg combined rating (43 mpg city/40 mpg highway). With the 1.8-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine and Lexus hybrid drive, total system horsepower is 134 mpg.
2017 Lincoln MKC – The only crossover on this list, the 2017 Lincoln MKC carries five passengers in style and elegance with a starting price of $32,880. The MKC, built on the same platform as the, has unique styling, features and powertrain for a more luxurious driving experience. Two engines are available, the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost and 285-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Both are paired with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class – Starting at $32,400, the 2017 CLA-Class features some updates, including new front and rear bumpers and wheels. Mercedes-Benz least expensive model is the CLA250 coupe (a 4-door coupe), equipped with a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder turbo engine, racing derived dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive version, the CLA250 4MATIC coupe, starts at $34,400.
2017 Volvo S60 – Swedish automaker Volvo’s entry-level car is the 2016 S60. Starting price is $34,995 (which includes a $995 destination charge). The base S60 model, the T5 Dynamic front-wheel drive, is equipped with numerous standard features, including dual Xenon headlights and a power moonroof. The T5 boasts a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers best-in-class highway fuel economy of 38 mpg highway.