In Australia at present there is a luxury vehicle tax imposed on any vehicle priced at over $ 63 184 where a staggering 33% is levied for every dollar over that amount. Well that’s just not right is it? Not really, but there is good news and that is if you chose an entry level luxury vehicle under that price, you are exempt from paying that tax.
So let’s have a look at the 5 best options available in Australia at the moment. As with all these cars, take care when ticking off the options list as it could push the final price above the exemption limit.
All vehicles mentioned carry a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and provide comfortable seating and adequate leg room for 5 adults.
1. Audi A4
Priced from $ 55 500 and despite looking very similar to the previous model, this car is lighter with a smaller 1.4 L capacity engine which equates to better fuel consumption at approximately 5.5 L/100 km.
The interior is more spacious and the price has dropped too. Although packed with technology and 8 airbags, stand out safety features include automatic braking when you unintentionally turn in front of oncoming traffic and imminent rear end collision warning to drivers following you.
Priced from $ 54 900 this car has had a midlife update and now also features an entirely new down sized 1.5 L three cylinder turbo charged engine giving a claimed consumption of 5.4 l/100 km.
The automatic version has an eight speed transmission. Standard features include a heads up display, 18 inch alloy rims LED lights and a 360° view camera, not just a rear facing one. The suspension has also been tuned to provide a less choppy ride whilst still retaining the classic BMW precise handling.
The CLA offers two variants. Prices start from $ 52 400 for the 1.6 L turbo-petrol and $ 52 900 for the 2.1 L turbo-diesel, whilst providing excellent fuel economy at 5.7 L/100 km from a seven speed dual clutch transmission. Ride is luxurious and handling excellent with a standard features list as long as your arm.
The most expensive of the group at $ 57 500 and the only Japanese vehicle amongst all the Germans. It also features a brand new smaller capacity 2.0 L four cylinder turbo charged engine down from the previous 2.5 L V6, but it is heavier and more expensive than its predecessor, although fuel economy is much improved from 9.5 l/100 km to 7.5 l/100 km.
Standard specification includes an 8 speed transmission, 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The suspension has two modes. Normal mode which soaks up all but the worst bumps and Sport mode which lets you corner more rapidly.
By far the cheapest of the group at $ 39 990 for the 1.8 L petrol engine and $ 45 990 for the 1.4 L turbodiesel. The cabin is quiet and quality is on par with the A4. Ride quality is excellent with good bump absorption and handling is sharp.
Transmission is a seven speed dual clutch unit. Standard features include Satnav, keyless entry leather seats, push button starting, 9 airbags, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, cross traffic warning, blind spot warning and lane departure warning which also corrects the steering to move you back out of trouble. Metallic paint is a $ 700 option.
All these vehicles have all the luxury and safety features you desire and quality is not an issue at this level and as usual it boils down to personal preferences more than anything else.