Are you in serious need of a new car, but don’t want to go down the path of mediocrity? There could be a plethora of reasons you’re after something with a good deal more than a hint of class, and whatever it may be we’re here to provide you with a few stand-out options that not only boast an exceptional level of luxury but also not breaking the $100,000 mark.
After all, these days it’s not absolutely necessary to spend a mint in order to get behind the wheel of a first-class vehicle that offers a sensational amount of innovative tech and features. So without further ado, let’s get into our suggested models that you’re sure to adore as soon as you slide into the driver’s seat.
A selection of vehicles boasting elegance.
Mercedes-Benz C300 - from $83,000.10 driveaway
Foret having to spend an arm and a leg for the E-Class or S-Class Benz to get legitimate luxury - the C300 has a number of inclusions you’ll also see on its pricier family members including the absolutely gorgeous styling both inside and out.
Your ride remains stable no matter what the road holds with its agility control suspension, and the leather seats throughout provide a superior level of comfort. In addition to your 12.3-inch all-digital instrument display there is a 10.25-inch media display with all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a Merc.
The C300 also comes with an advanced driving assistance package as standard, which offers features such as active distance assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic functionality, evasive steering assist and much more.
Outside, beyond the sleek lines of its body you’ll find 19-inch twin-spoke alloys and dark-tinted privacy glass all the way from the rear seats back to the rear windshield. You’re additionally provided with keyless-go entry (including hands-free access) as well as auto boot close and keyless entry/start.
Driving this beautiful vehicle is a 1.9-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which delivers an impressive 190kW of power and a combined fuel consumption of 7 litres per 100km.
Audi A4 45 TFSI quattro S line - from $80,836.30 driveaway
Like pretty much every other Audi, the A4 is an ideal combination of sophistication and sporty. Both inside and out, you can’t go past its streamlined features and carefully-curated contours that make it one of the best looking Audis to date - especially for under a hundred grand.
Slide into the electric leather driver’s seat and you’re presented with a leather flat-bottomed steering wheel, brushed metal trims, Virtual Cockpit and 10.1-inch touchscreen which offers high-grade MMI Navigation Plus (Audi’s own). You can activate its ambient lighting which creates an increased sense of comfort, and get yourself moving via its keyless touch-button start.
Safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change warning and blind spot monitoring as standard. Adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and more come only with the Assistance Package for $3770 extra.
Driving the prestigious A4 45 TFSI quattro S line is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder which produces 183kW and takes it from 0-100 in 5.8 seconds. You’ll be looking at around 7.1 litres per hundred k’s travelled.
Jaguar XE R-DYNAMIC SE - from $74,939 driveaway
Another perfect blend of sporty and luxury in this lineup is the Jaguar XE R-DYNAMIC SE (a little bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?).
A couple of years ago in 2019, Jaguar - most likely due to dipping sales numbers - decided to give the XE range a pretty significant update which included not just an overhaul of its engine but also overall styling both inside and out, as well as the tech included. And since said update, it’s gone from strength to strength.
Inside there are leather sports seats, gorgeous leather steering wheel, real metal paddle shifters, an eye-catching interactive digital driver display, 10-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled, and… well, not a whole lot else. But that’s a good thing. It’s a little bit minimalist and as such looks absolutely stunning as a result.
And what about the standard driver assist and safety features? You get hill launch assist, all surface progress control, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, rear traffic monitor, lane keep assist and many others.
If and when you feel like it (and only when it’s 100% safe, of course), you can take it from 0-100 in just under 6 seconds via its 2-litre turbo four cylinder offering up 221kW of power which drinks around 6.8 litres for every hundred k’s travelled (combined).
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