The draw of a luxury badge can be strong, but a sky-high monthly payment can make some car shoppers think twice about taking the premium-car plunge. Many luxury brands, however, have expanded their lineups in recent years to broaden their appeal and reach new buyers.
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Much of this growth has happened in the subcompact SUV class, and three of the five 2021 models in our list — the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 — compete in this category and start at less than $37,000, including destination. The Genesis G70 compact sports sedan and Lexus ES mid-size sedan, which start at $37,025 and $41,025, respectively, round out the list.
And far from being warmed-over versions of mainstream models (we see you, Cadillac Cimarron), this new crop of entry-luxury models bolster, rather than discredit, their respective brands. Read on to see what else — besides affordable starting prices — makes these luxury models worth a test drive.
Affordable Luxury Cars
- 2021 Audi Q3
- 2021 BMW X1
- 2021 Genesis G70
- 2021 Lexus ES
- 2021 Volvo XC40