Senior executives need to look successful, but not showy. They need to appear sophisticated, without being perceived as gaudy. And their car needs to reflect exactly the right image.
For understated luxury, that says we understand the good things in life, but we’re not interested in being overextended, why not consider an Audi A7, a BMW 5 Series in the form of the Gran Turismo 5, or even a new Mercedes, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS 350? For more on these elegant but discreet luxury cars, read on.
BMW 535 Gran Turismo
The first boxer in the ring is the Gran Turismo 5. Starting at a cool $98,261 (plus a luxury car tax of $12,638.40), this car offers a whole lot of bang for the bucks.
Under the bonnet is a 3-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine, driven by an eight-speed automatic in rear-wheel drive.
The engine pumps out 225kW/306hp, and turns in a time of 6.3 seconds for the 0 to 100km/h sprint.
The BMW 5 Series comes complete with all the standard gadgets, such as Bluetooth, the BMW iDrive electronics system, iPod/USB connectivity, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, parking sensors, and a voice recognition navigation system.
Safety features include antilock disc brakes, side curtain and front-seat side airbags, brake fade compensation, hill-assist, and stability and traction control.
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350CDI
Next up is the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 350. Skidding in at a starting price of $139,855, (plus a rather hefty luxury car tax, which brings it up to $171,091.34) the CLS Mercedes is a dizzying option that strikes just the right note for many a senior executive.
With a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine, it will come as no surprise that the CLS 350 pushes out 225kW/370Nm, with a 0 to 100 time of 6.7 seconds. The power is controlled by a rear-wheel drive, and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features in the CLS Mercedes include Bluetooth, cruise control, electronic stability program, reversing camera, rear parking sensors and USB connectivity.
To cover safety, the CLS 350 offers ABS, acceleration skid control, attention assist, brake assist, an LED intelligent light system, lane keeping assist, hill assist and blind spot assist.
Last but not least, the Audi A7 price slips into the middle ground with a starting cost of $135,750.
Both the TDI and TDI Biturbo models offer a turbocharged V6 diesel engine, with a common rail injection system, while the TFSI is a supercharged V6 with direct fuel injection.
Expect 180kW/580Nm for the TDI, 230kW/650Nm for the TDI Biturbo, and 228kW/440Nm for the TFSI. 0 to 100 times range from 5.3 seconds in the TDI Biturbo model, to 5.6 seconds in the TFSI model, and 6.3 in the TDI.
Gadgets included in the Audi A7 price include Audi drive select, Multi Media Interface, four-zone automatic air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel and seat heating. The Audi also has a nifty heads-up display as an optional extra, which projects a colour, virtual image inside the windscreen.
Safety features include active lane assist and side assist, as well as adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, and Audi pre sense for preventative passenger protection and traffic monitoring.
Overall, the contenders are pretty equally matched, and while the Audi and the BMW do offer slightly more value for money, there are definite benefits to all three vehicles. At the end of the day, the final decision might simply be matter of personal taste.
For those searching for the ultimate luxury car buying experience, purchasing a car through a broker can help ensure quality service, and a smooth buying process. At New Cars Plus, we have helped thousands of clients find their perfect cars, and get the best possible deal.
We act on behalf of our clients to not only find the right car, and get the best price, but ensure that our clients walk away feeling like they’ve had the best possible experience – from having the car delivered to their door for a test drive, to receiving the keys, and a complimentary tank of petrol after purchase.
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