What luxury sedan is the best for the money?

The compact BMW 3 Series is available in both sedan and wagon forms (and as a coupe in the closely related 4 Series). The Series 3 has long been the standard-bearer of the segment, and the latest model is more of the same, it would be almost sacrilegious if the model weren't on our list of the top ten luxury cars for its money. Maneuverability is what you expect from a small BMW, as is driving comfort, and the driver-centric interior is beautifully finished. The wide engine range includes a super-economical diesel and a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder in-line, and powertrain options include rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and some models are available with manual transmissions.

The Hyundai Genesis is a full-size luxury sedan that is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. When loaded with the Ultimate package, you get a car that includes just about every luxury feature you could want in a car, including a sleek interior and high-end features like a front screen, 17-speaker stereo, and power rear sunshade. The ride is more tuned for comfort than for sporty handling, but that helps make the Genesis a great road car. The best part (and the reason it's on our list of the top ten luxury cars for its money) is that you can get a fully charged Genesis for much less than the base price of some of its competitors.

The Infiniti Q50 is a compact luxury car available with a wide selection of powertrains, from economical four-cylinder hybrid and turbocharged options to a pair of more powerful turbocharged V6 engines. An interesting option is the Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering, which is anything but “direct” and has no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels. One of the main benefits of the steer-by-wire system is the system's ability to decrease the amount of feedback and vibration felt on the steering wheel, which is especially good on rough roads. Overall, the power is good, the handling is more than competent, the interior is attractive and the driving is quite pleasant.

The Jaguar XE is a very attractive compact luxury car with a pleasant interior and excellent handling. Despite the fact that the body is largely made of aluminum, the XE is not really light. Engine options include an economical diesel, a four-cylinder turbocharger and a supercharged V6 that make the XE sound almost as good as its sportier brother XF (which is almost the best sounding car we've ever driven). With the V6, the Jag XE is a fast car that demands to be thrown around corners, but all XEs drive well thanks to a sophisticated suspension configuration and communicative steering.

The Kia K900 is closely related to the Hyundai Equus, but it follows a slightly different path, taking a much more American perspective on the definition of luxury. Both cars use the same powerful V8, but unlike the Hyundai, the Kia is also available with a slightly cheaper V6 engine. Both engines are powerful enough to drive the K900 with confidence, and while the ride is smooth, well-controlled and quite comfortable, the handling is definitely not the car's strong point. All in all, the Kia is a decent luxury cruiser for the money, as long as you don't have sporting pretensions.

The Cadillac CT5, the only luxury domestic sedan competing with the E-Class, is half an inch shorter. The Volvo S60 is a luxury compact sedan that is packed with features, including a number of class-leading safety-related systems. With a gorgeous interior wrapped in leather, wood and aluminum, the Lexus ES 350 is one of the most luxurious sedans you can find at an affordable price. Mercedes-Benz joins the EV sedan market with its new EQE and EQS, based on the company's E-Class and S-Class, respectively.

Compact compared to the larger G80 and G90 sedans, the G70 is an entry-level four-door sports sedan that balances passenger comfort and numerous amenities with a sense of driving fun. Luxury vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, with options ranging from coupes and convertibles to sedans and SUVs. The ATS is Cadillac's entry into the competitive compact luxury segment, available in coupe or sedan models, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With a smooth and exceptionally quiet ride, the Lexus ES mid-size luxury sedan makes for a relaxing commute.

The Audi A6 is the Goldilocks of the package, which sits between the brand's compact Audi A4 and the flagship audi a8 sedans. The new BMW 5 Series is a wonderful addition to the German manufacturer's mid-size sedan range, with a myriad of options, from low-end to high-end trim levels. It may not have the brand prestige of its competitors, but in all other respects it is a satisfying sports sedan with few shortcomings. Whether you feel the need for speed, fuel economy, or sophisticated technology, the 5 Series remains a benchmark sedan.

The front-wheel drive ES isn't a sports sedan (for that you'd have to take a look at the Lexus GS range), but the handling is safe and it's a comfortable car with plenty of front and rear interior space. With its low stance, the A4 Allroad drives like a longer version of its sister sedan Audi A4, with safe and stable handling and a smooth ride. The Acura TLX is an attractive, comfortable and fun to drive mid-size luxury sedan that offers a premium driving experience at a price that makes it an excellent value. .

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