The Best Luxury Cars for Everyday Consumers


We’ve all seen images of luxury supercars parked around major cities or being test driven on television. These carriages for the ultra-rich make for some nice eye candy but are prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people. Fortunately, there is still a thriving market for affordable luxury cars and as such most of the big names in car manufacturing have their own luxury options.

Ford Mondeo Vignale

Ford’s Mondeo Vignale combines its popular Mondeo line with the Vignale, Ford’s luxury trim level. Initially reserved for its top of the line Ghia and Titanium X models, the company recently announced plans to extend the Vignale trim option to family cars. Not only this but Ford also announced in September 2013 that all Vignale owners would have access to a personal concierge within a Ford dealership, for example, Other services, such as airport checking, will be extended soon.

The Ford Mondeo Vignale was first launched in Italy during May 2015, with pre-orders beginning in July and the first units being delivered in September of that year. The premium leather coating is very tactile with a soft and expensive luxury feel. It is clearly a premium material and it reminds one of a full-fledged Mercedes or Audi. Ford hasn't skimped on the chrome either. Of particular note are some minor touches to the cabin, which give it excellent noise cancellation capabilities, adding to the comfort of the luxury finish.

Audi A3

The Audi A3 represents the cheaper end of Audi’s spectrum, starting at around $31,000 (with shipping). It was initially pitched to consumers as a compact, luxury sedan. The A3 replaced the A4 in 2015. It has earned its reputation as a good all-round family hatchback. Dubbed the ‘sportback’, the car boasts an interior big enough to fit a small family alongside their vacation luggage. The A3 performs very well for its class in terms of fuel efficiency and the 148bhp 1.4-litre engine has the ability to switch off two cylinders while the vehicle is cruising in order to save fuel. In addition to being a well-rounded vehicle in terms of drivability, the A3 also offers a very comfortable ride. The dashboard has been expertly designed to combine simplicity with capability and includes an intuitive multimedia display.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

The CLA is a rather pricey vehicle relative to the other two, but the car looks great and does offer consumers a taste of the design popularized by the larger CLS, but for a fraction of the price. Mercedes offers a sports variant that uses their patented ‘Comfort’ suspension, which makes for an incredibly smooth ride. There’s also another version on offer that has less soft suspension but offers sharp, responsive handling. The car’s striking appearance also serves to aid its aerodynamics.

The luxury car experience no longer necessarily commands a luxury price tag and as the market has responded so well to the current offerings, you can expect to see more luxury style cars available in price ranges attainable by everyday consumers.