Want a luxury badge without the luxury price? These affordable luxury cars and SUVs are worth a look.
8. 2019 Volvo XC40
Volvo’s smallest SUV has a cute and distinctive personality all its own, with chunky styling and a variety of interesting color and trim choices. Recently, Volvo added a value-oriented T4 trim to the XC40 lineup, bringing the base price below $35,000. Available body styles: Subcompact crossover, Engines: 187-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 248-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four, Cargo space: 21 cu. ft.
7. 2019 Acura TLX
It is a genuine mid-size car with a fair number of standard technology features. Be warned that the base price won’t get you the more daringly styled TLX A-Spec with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive (and with a torque-vectoring rear axle) pictured here, but rather the standard naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive—still a decent, fine-driving combination. Available body styles: Sedan, Engines: 206-hp 2.4L inline-four; 290-hp 3.5L V-6, Trunk space: 14 cu. ft.
6. 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class
The A-class is the smallest Mercedes-Benz you can buy, at least next to the relatively obscure two-seat SLC roadster. It also is the cheapest, starting at only $33,495. Unlike Benz’s first experiment with a low-cost sedan for the U.S., the CLA-class, the A-class truly feels like a Mercedes. Only smaller. Available body styles: Sedan, Engines: 188-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four, Trunk/Cargo space: 9 cu. ft.
5. 2019 Audi A3
Where Mercedes-Benz goes, Audi usually follows—and, sometimes, vice-versa. See the A3 sedan, which arrived here in the U.S. market months after the Mercedes CLA-class. Though it rides on the same VW Group MQB platform as does the Volkswagen Golf, the A3 feels like a true Audi. Available body styles: Sedan, convertible, Engines: 184-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 228-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four, Trunk space: 10 cu. ft.
4. 2019 Lexus UX
This new model strikes us as a replacement for the old CT200h hybrid hatchback, something affordable for Lexus dealerships to dangle in front of new and entry-level customers. The cheaper UX200 comes standard with front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine with 169 horsepower. Available body styles: Subcompact crossover, Engines: 169-hp 2.0L inline-four; 143-hp 2.0L inline-four, AC electric motor, 181 combined horsepower hybrid, Cargo space: 22 cu. ft.
3. 2019 Infiniti QX30
The QX30 is a fair bit less expensive than the Benz, however, because its base version comes fairly sparsely equipped with cloth upholstery and a lack of posh features such as power seats and navigation. Available body styles: Subcompact crossover, Engines: 208-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four, Trunk/Cargo space: 19 cu. ft.
2. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris
It might not look so stylish rolling around with its standard steel wheels and unrelentingly boxy body, but it surely is the most practical vehicle on this list. The base Metris is a work-oriented cargo van with rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Available body styles: Van, Engines: 208-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four, Cargo space: 38 cu. ft. (passenger van), 183–199 cu. ft. (cargo van)
1. 2019 Acura ILX
The compact ILX’s new base price sits just under $27,000, placing it at the top of this list as the least expensive luxury-branded vehicle on sale in the U.S. The ILX, gains significant visual tweaks for 2019 that, counter to industry norms, coincide with a significant price reduction. Available body styles: Sedan, Engines: 201-hp 2.4L inline-four, Trunk space: 12 cu. ft.