Buyers in the market for a small luxury car can easily get confused about which one is best for them. Audi, MINI, BMW, and Mercedes are the major players in the luxury small car market but with so many options and things to consider when buying a luxury small car, it’s difficult to breakdown what you really need to know.
Here, we take a look at some fun facts and specs of some of the most popular small luxury cars on the market to help you make a choice between such beauties and beasts.
Consistently rated highly on car advice, the Alfa Romeo, is a popular small luxury car and instantly recognisable. That enigmatic logo that adorns the hood of every Alfa Romeo actually symbolises a man being devoured by a snake. We have no idea either.
What we do know though is that the Alfa Romeo is quite possibly the most revered brand in Italy and is even more coveted than Lamborghini and Ferrari in its homeland.
Purchasing a used Alfa Romeo will ensure serious credibility and make a sound investment for luxury car enthusiasts.
The chassis and one of the 2016 Acura ILX’s engines are modeled on those of the Civic Si Sport sedan and coupe, which makes sense given that Honda is Acura’s parent company. However, don’t be fooled by these humble origins, the ILX is most definitely a power player in the luxury small car market and streaks ahead with heated leather seats, inbuilt GPS, Bluetooth connectivity and surround sound.
Lexus CT 200h
The Lexus CT 200h is a luxury hybrid in hatchback form that, aside from ridiculously good fuel consumption, boasts rain-sensitive windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, a sleek leather interior, GPS and front-grille chrome surround.
The BMW M5 engine is so quiet that the manufacturers felt the need to incorporate fake engine noises into the speaker system so drivers wouldn’t forget about the car’s super smooth performance. This super-charged 5-series sedan features 560-hp twin-turbo and V-8 grunt. It is the latest high-performance sedan from the M range and is bigger and heavier than previous incarnations. It also boasts an insane new level of electronic driver assistance tools that will make you a better driver.
The BMW 2 Series is offered in both convertible and coupe modes. This new model incorporates the now-defunct 1 Series’ rear-wheel driving dynamics.
The Audi S3 is a five-seater with sporty origins that can be found in its performance-oriented suspension system and a turbocharged 292 horsepower engine. The manual version offers a six-speed dual-clutch and fuel consumption of 4.7 liters per 100kms.
Telsa Model S60
Featuring on car and drivers Best Cars list, the Telsa Model S60 is so eco-friendly that manufacturers road test it on an indoor track due to its complete lack of harmful emissions. Its only close competition is the Nissan Leaf, but the S60s battery is 50 percent more powerful.
The BMW i3 runs entirely on electricity and is the first small luxury car of its kind to do so, although you can buy a range-extending fuel generator if you want to. The i3 delivers up to 160km from a single battery charge and boasts luxury finishes such as 20-inch rims, sunroof, leather seats, in-built GPS, and automated parallel parking.
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
Highlights of the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG include a powerful braking system, track-ready suspension, optional panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, HID headlights, automatic parking, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a whopping 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft.
When in the market for a luxury small car, there is no shortage of contenders for your investment. While certainly luxurious and attractive, we do suggest that the buyer always takes safety, reliability, and budget into account when purchasing as with any other car.