Top 12 Cheapest Luxury Cars
Top 12 Luxury Cars, But Most Cheapest in the World

A luxurious ride from an upscale brand like Mercedes, BMW, or Audi may not cost as much as you think — in fact, the cheapest car from each of those manufacturers will run you less than an optioned-out Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

Here are 12 luxury cars that won't break the bank, listed in order of MSRP.

List of Top 12 Cheapest Luxury Cars

12. Volvo XC40 - $33,700

11. BMW X1 - $35,200

10. Genesis G70 - $35,450

9. Lincoln Corsair - $35,945

8. Infiniti Q50 - $36,400

7. Land Rover Discovery Sport - $37,800

6. Alfa Romeo Giulia - $39,400

5. Jaguar XE - $39,900

4. Tesla Model 3 - $39,990

3. Range Rover Evoque - $42,650

2. Porsche Macan - $50,900

1. Maserati Ghibli - $70,990

Details of Top 12 Cheapest Luxury Cars

12. Volvo XC40 - $33,700

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Photo: Tinbanxe

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 Volvo XC40 lineup, bringing the base price below $35,000.

It comes with a less powerful, 187-hp version of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the costlier T5 model, and it is only offered with front-wheel drive. If you're willing to spend a little more, the T4 can be had in the better-equipped R-Design and Inscription trims instead of the base Momentum spec.

Engines: 187-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Cargo space: 21 cubic feet.

11. BMW X1 - $35,200

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Photo: BMW

The X1 is one of the more fuel-efficient SUVs on the road today thanks to an ultra-economical 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that somehow manages to produce 228 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but if responsiveness is a priority, you can switch to a manual shifting configuration that delivers plenty of thrills.

The X1 offers four unique add-on packages, each of which adds significantly to the base model’s cost. If you plan off-road driving, consider the M Sport package, which includes a more rugged suspension and run-flat tires. The Cold Weather package is clutch in chilly regions, though it doesn’t have all-wheel drive — a potential deal breaker for safety-minded buyers.

Engine: 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Cargo space: 27 cubic feet.

10. Genesis G70 - $35,450

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Photo: Driving

The Genesis G70 is here to battle the BMW 3-series, and the new sedan's performance and cheap base price make it a deadly enemy. The Genesis comes standard in rear-wheel drive with an 8-speed auto and is offered with a 6-speed manual.

All-wheel drive is also offered, but only with the automatic. It's 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty sweetens the deal. Worried about reliability? Check out our 40,000-mile longterm test.

Engines: 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6, Cargo space: 11 cubic feet.

9. Lincoln Corsair - $35,945

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Photo: Caranddriver

The Corsair was all-new for 2020, receiving upgraded technology and a more refined interior that reflects the luxury Lincoln is aiming to achieve. And for 2021, the drivetrain options gain one more option: a plug-in hybrid which pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to an electric motor.

The gas-powered powertrains remain the same; in its base trim level, the Lincoln offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. In order to get all-wheel drive, the more powerful turbo 2.3-liter engine, or any number of luxury features, the Corsair requires shelling out a fair bit more dough.

Engines: 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 280-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four; 2.5-liter inline-four with permanent-magnet, Cargo space: 28 cubic feet.

8. Infiniti Q50 - $36,400

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Photo: Motortrend

The substantially redesigned Infiniti Q50 is a sleek midsize sedan. Even the vanilla version is packed with features. Among them are a 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine with a front-wheel drivetrain, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, anti-lock brakes, rearview monitor (camera), and the InTuition infotainment system featuring Bluetooth functionality and SiriusXM radio.

But that’s just the start. One of Q50’s top selling points is the model’s impressive customization potential, with optional add-ons like intelligent all-wheel-drive for about $2,000 more. But beware: Higher-end trims with premium extras can dramatically increase the sticker price (pushing it well above $40,000) and sap fuel economy.

7. Land Rover Discovery Sport - $37,800

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Photo: Carmagazine

With a complement of desirable features, standard all-wheel drive, and an upscale-but-rugged appearance, the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a distillation of the brand's go-anywhere-in-comfort ethos. The Discovery Sport's off-road driving modes, hill-descent control, and wading sensor system provide more off-road capability than you'll find in an Audi Q5 or a Porsche Macan.

The trade-off is that the Discovery Sport's on-road driving experience isn't as engaging as rival SUVs'. Its cabin is spacious and offers an optional third row of seats, but its environs aren't as refined as what you'll find in the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class. Still, for buyers who want considerable off-road capability wrapped in a stylish package, the Discovery Sport is one of the few choices in this mostly on-road-focused segment.

6. Alfa Romeo Giulia - $39,400

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Photo: Caranddriver

The Alfa Romeo Giulia appeals to driving enthusiasts with its fun-to-drive chassis, sonorous powertrain, and drop-dead gorgeous styling. It's designed to take on sports sedans such as the BMW 3-series, the Genesis G70, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, and that hot-blooded Italian flair easily sets it apart from that more mundane crowd. A 280-hp turbocharged four-cylinder delivers plentiful power and the Giulia's sharp handling will meet even the most aggressive driver's expectations.

While its interior design is less inspired than its boisterous exterior, the Giulia still offers an upscale experience complete with plentiful amenities and a driver-focused layout. Those looking for a more extreme sports sedan should instead consider the high-performance Quadrifoglio variant—reviewed separately—which swaps out the standard four-cylinder for a 505-hp twin-turbo V-6.

5. Jaguar XE - $39,900

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Photo: Giaxenhap

The Jaguar XE is one of the more exciting (and reliable) models to come out of its maker’s workshop in some time. A 247-horsepower, four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine delivers the optimal mix of efficiency, pep, and power. And the best-in-class warranty is worth noting upfront — proof the automaker has finally put long-running questions about vehicle longevity behind it.

Though Jaguar XE’s MSRP is higher than some of the other cars on this list, its fuel economy is a potential selling point for frugal drivers who plan to spend lots of time behind the wheel. (That’s true for Audi’s economical A4 and A3 models as well.) Assuming an average lifetime fuel economy of 28 MPG (the official EPA estimate for combined city-highway driving) and an average lifetime fuel price of $2.50 per gallon, you’d spend just under $7,000 on gas to drive 100,000 miles in this car.

4. Tesla Model 3 - $39,990

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Photo: Thedriven

Among the more affordable options in the electric-vehicle marketplace, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is, without doubt, the one with the most name recognition. It also earns a spot on our Editors' Choice list. It borrows some styling cues from the company's Model S sedan and Model X SUV, but goes its own way with a unique interior design and an all-glass roof.

Acceleration is quick, and the Model 3's chassis is playful as well—especially the Performance model's, which receives a sportier suspension and a track driving mode. But EV buyers are more likely interested in driving range than speediness or handling, and the Model 3 delivers there too. The base model offers up to 263 miles of driving range according to the EPA, and the more expensive Long Range model can go up to 353 per charge.

3. Range Rover Evoque - $42,650

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Photo: Tapchicongnghe

If at the end of it you decide the Range Rover Evoque – or another vehicle of any make and model – is the car for you, you can secure a hefty discount without any awkward haggling by checking out our free New Car Deals service.

Like many other Land Rover models the Evoque receives an infotainment overhaul for 2021. All Evoques now come standard with the brand's new Pivi Pro software interface, which is simpler to use and offers more modern features such as over-the-air update capability. A new Online Pack package is available and includes a wireless smartphone charging pad, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Spotify integration. Buyers can also order a new cabin filtration system and an optional rear collision monitor. The 296-hp P300 powertrain has been dropped, leaving the 246-hp P250 version of the turbocharged four-cylinder as the sole option.

2.Porsche Macan - $50,900

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Photo: Autodaily

The Macan is the most popular Porsche in the UK. It’s an SUV with a desirable badge, how could it not be a success? Engines have also been thoroughly overhauled for the new Macan. First off, there’s no longer a Macan Diesel. Porsche has dropped diesel entirely from its range, which might seem odd given it fuelled the most popular Macan on UK shores.

Assuming its position as the entry-level Macan is a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol version, priced a whisker under £47,000, badged simply ‘Macan’ and running a Porsche-honed version of the VW Golf GTI’s engine. All Macans arrive fitted to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard (badged by Porsche as PDK), though note this isn’t as modern as the eight-speed PDK used in Porsche’s bigger four-doors.

There are three Macans beyond that, all using Audi-sourced V6 petrol engines. There’s the Macan S (£49k, 350bhp), the Macan GTS (£59k, 375bhp) and Macan Turbo (£68k, 435bhp). The latter is as close as the Macan gets to taking on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 in the small super-SUV stakes, though is someway off their power claims,.

1. Maserati Ghibli - $70,990

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Photo: Maserati

With a twin-turbocharged V-6 or V-8 engine under its shapely hood, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is the Italian thoroughbred of the mid-size luxury sedan marketplace. This hot-blooded four-door looks the part, too, with its aggressive, swept-back headlamps, bodacious body sides, and distinctive fender vents. Most models get the V-6, which makes either 345 or 424 horsepower and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive. Opt for the V-8–powered Trofeo and the Maserati will swap the V-6 for a Ferrari-derived, 580-hp twin-turbo V-8. No matter the engine, the Ghibli rewards its driver with an athletic chassis and a growling exhaust note.

Unfortunately, the sedan isn't as proficient at hauling people, as its rear seat is less spacious than the Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-class. Plus, Maserati has borrowed several low-rent switches and knobs from elsewhere in the Stellantis portfolio.

Still, the Ghibli's cabin can be optioned with all manner of luxury materials, including leather-and-silk upholstery from Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, which add an undeniably upscale ambiance.

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