Luxury cars offer plenty of perks that the average car simply can’t match. But with a luxury name and higher-quality components, buyers end up spending far more money.
However, luxury doesn’t have to break the bank. Right now, there are plenty of reasonably affordable luxury cars – and here are some of the best of 2019, all priced under $50,000.
Starting Price: $32,925
The Audi A3 has long been a favorite in the Audi lineup, and the 2019 A3 is no different. Available as both a sedan and a sporty convertible, this car includes everything drivers love about luxury autos: it’s effortless to drive and capable on any road, in any conditions.
Drivers can choose from two different levels of power in the newest iteration of the A3. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is offered in 186 or 220 horsepower – and no matter which you choose, both are smooth and refined when you’re on the road. If you love a powerful, quick car, opt for the extra boost of power. With 220 horsepower under the hood, Car and Driver reports you’ll be able to speed from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
Inside the 2019 Audi A3, you’ll find an incredibly luxurious cabin loaded with featured. A pop-up infotainment screen rises to greet drivers and passengers, while Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are available to fulfill every one of your tech and entertainment needs. Though the A3 is a compact car, you’ll find there are plenty of safety features loaded for added security. From automated emergency braking to forward-collision warning to adaptive cruise control, you can add additional features as you’d like.
Starting Price: $36,000
Haven’t yet met the Lexus UX? This crossover is the newest addition to the Lexus lineup for 2019, and it’s already making a splash. Marketed as a “small premium CUV,” this luxury car is a sign of how Lexus is catering to its crossover-loving fans, and it’s expected to be a big hit with millennial drivers.
The 2019 Lexus UX is a compact crossover, but it’s one of the most stylish rides in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring the same spindle grille as its Lexus counterparts, the UX sits atop 17- and 18-inch wheels and an incredibly low center of gravity. One quality that makes the UX special is that center of gravity – the UX is the very first Lexus model to sit on a new GA-C platform, which gives this luxury compact crossover the lowest center of gravity of its class. In addition to that reduced rollover risk, the UX comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine that produces 168hp.
Eco-conscious drivers will love the hybrid version of the UX, which is officially called the UX 250h. Featuring the same engine and power, the hybrid version has a few extra special features: it can increase stability in the car’s rear wheels and will analyze driver habits along with current traffic conditions to prolong the life of the battery.
Looking for the luxury details? The 2019 Lexus UX comes with four different leather colors and two different grain options. You’ll also find great visibility behind the wheel, along with helpful features like adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, adaptive high beams, and even road sign assist.
Starting Price: $43,045
Just a few years ago, the Genesis brand was nothing more than a regular member of the Hyundai lineup. Today, however, the Genesis G80 is a luxury car in its own right, and it’s changing the luxury game altogether in the face of the most established brands. The 2019 Genesis G80 packs plenty of value into its affordable price tag, and drivers will find plenty to enjoy when behind the wheel.
The 2019 Genesis G80 features performance that’s a little relaxed, which is perfect for this sedan. You won’t find a turbocharged engine under the hood, but the G80 does pack a 3.8-liter V-6 and can be upgraded with an optional 5.0-liter V-8. While the V-8 is less fuel efficient, it does offer drivers increased power and refinement. Driving is comfortable and the adaptive suspension makes even rough roads softer and gentler.
Once behind the wheel, there’s plenty of luxury inside the G80’s cabin to enjoy. Even the base model is posh inside, and every trim level is packed with connectivity like touchscreen infotainment displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and a USB port. As one of the most highly rated luxury sedans when it comes to safety, the 2019 Genesis G80 includes helpful standard features like automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Starting Price: $33,100
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a four-door coupe featuring sleek styling and its own personality that stands out among the rest of its class. The second generation Mercedes-Benz CLA debuted at CES 2019, and though it has plenty in common with the A-class sedan, there’s a lot to love about this under $40,000 sedan. It’s bigger, wider, and a bit more powerful than some of its fellow Mercedes vehicles, and it’s a fantastic affordable buy for 2019.
Meant to be a standout in the Mercedes-Benz 2019 lineup, the CLA features a 221-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With stability control and smooth, athletic steering, as well as a lower center of gravity. Chief of Design Gorden Wagener describes the CLA as “irrational” based on its styling and driving capabilities, and it’s certainly less mainstream than its competition – and you’re sure to be spotted on the road when behind the wheel of this model.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA behaves more like a four-door sports car than a relaxed, sizable sedan, almost defying its larger size. Its interior doesn’t feel like its price point; this luxury car truly feels luxurious, in part thanks to a quiet cabin and cozy spacing. Safety is certainly standard on this model too, with active brake assist, blind spot assist, and attention assist being particularly helpful on any road.
Starting Price: $38,475
The Infiniti lineup has been attracting attention, and luxury car fans who are looking for a low-priced option that doesn’t skimp on quality will love the 2019 Infiniti QX50. This sizable SUV offers the kind of luxury look and feel you know well from luxury cars – and though it doesn’t take any risks or make any bold statements, the 2019 QX50 is solid in its quality for its price.
One of the biggest changes that’s happened to the 2019 QX50 occurred under the hood. There’s a new engine for this model year, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, which can change its compression ratio and its displacement. This is groundbreaking for Infiniti, as it helps drivers maximize efficiency no matter how they’re driving. And this new engine is something to take notice of.
In the driver’s seat, you’ll find a comfortable luxury interior surrounding you in the 2019 Infiniti QX50. With high-quality materials used in the leather seats and microsuede trim, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy two infotainment touchscreens that control navigation, apps, audio, and the vehicle’s settings.
BMW 3 Series
Starting Price: $48,956
The BMW 3 Series has been a luxury car staple for seven generations. And 2019 is no different – the 2019 BMW 320i is a standout vehicle. But this year, things are changing as the 3 Series becomes a serious standard for all other luxury and sport sedans. With impressive capabilities and strong performance, this is one luxury sedan that almost defies its price tag.
Under the hood of the 2019 BMW 3 Series, drivers will find a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine with 255hp. With rear wheel drive, this engine gives the 3 Series a record of zero to 60mph in just 5.6 seconds. Only an eight-speed automatic transmission is available, but this transmission is nothing to be disappointed about – it’s smooth, shifts quickly, and works perfectly with navigation data and the included adaptive cruise control to tackle tight curves and traffic stops with ease.
One of the biggest perks of the 2019 BMW 3 Series? The variety of different driver assist systems found on the car. Equipped with features like adaptive cruise control (which works even in stop-and-go traffic), forward collision warning, and rear collision prevention, along with plenty of other options, the new 3 Series is pretty safe no matter how you drive.