Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide
The most affordable luxury cars are some of the most fun.
Today's luxury cars feature higher-quality materials than ever, futuristic technologies, and come backed by increasingly exceptional dealer service. It's as true for the lower-priced luxury entries as it is for the six-figure flagships sold alongside.
And while it's easy to hope your first BMW 3 Series is merely a stepping stone to a 5 Series and then a 7 Series, the truth is that the 3 Series is the most entertaining among them. So have fun now, before you get all rich and stuff.
In addition to a completely redesigned Audi A4, the 2017 model year brought us two brand-new small luxury sedans: the 2017 Jaguar XE and the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, two sport sedans with the legendary BMW 3 Series squarely in their sights. The 2018 model year brings a new face and more to the Acura TLX, while the 2018 Infiniti Q50 features milder updates.
For those looking to maximize mpg, the BMW 3 Series is available with hybrid or diesel power, the Jaguar XE is available with a diesel engine, and the Infiniti Q50 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are available as hybrids.
Many of these cars have high-performance alter egos, including the Audi S4, BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V, and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.
Entry No More
Once the smallest, lowest-priced models in their respective lineups, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have been displaced as their brands' entry-level models by the BMW 2 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. Some of these smaller models made our most recent list of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $35,000.
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