Luxury cars have always been expected to offer a step up from the average vehicle. The typical premium car will offer the latest design, the best material, and the most advanced powertrain and technology.
High prices allow automakers to put maximum time and money into design, available high-tech features, driving experience, and more.
The absence of price restrictions allows the auto manufacturers to push the boundaries of what electric or hybrid cars can do. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S or BMW i-Series offer all the fuel economy expected from an alternative fuel auto while delivering the power and luxury of a premium sports car.
The range of prices these automobiles can be had for has also grown with introduction of lower priced models like the BMW 2-Series, Audi A3, and Buick Verano. Starting at $30,000 or lower, these cars offer a taste of luxury and represent their brand well, but fall short of their more expensive sibling cars.
In our Top 10 List of the Best Luxury Cars, we take a look at premium cars from all price points. We rate the cars on a combination of comfort, power, road manners, ride quality, exterior and interior design, available features, value and more. If you are looking for a great luxury car, there is one here for you.
The Audi A3 is a member of the growing entry-level compact luxury sedan class that includes the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the BMW 2-Series. Starting at $29,900 without taxes and additional fees, the A3 and it’s competitors offer German luxury at a price point that typically wouldn’t get you a luxury car. Though not as luxurious as it’s larger more expensive siblings, the A3’s interior is worthy of the Audi brand name. Superior rear legroom and a base model with a moonroof and leather seats separate the A3 from its “cheap” premium competition. And if you can wait, a high-performance S3, a diesel model, and a plug-in hybrid hatchback will join the standard sedan in the coming years.