By Eric Brandt
A good luxury car can improve your daily drive dramatically with more comfort, better performance and an overall higher-quality vehicle compared with something from a volume brand. It’s also not a bad way to show off a little if you’ve reached a point in your life where you have some extra money to spend on a car.
A $50,000 budget can go a long way when shopping for a new luxury vehicle. Here are eight great new luxury cars you can find on Autotrader for less than $50,000 for 2020.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
If you’re looking for something outside the norm of luxury sedans, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has some exotic flair that its competitors don’t. Not only is it a great car to look at, but it has sharp handling, roomy and supportive front seats and a gutsy base engine. The midrange Ti model can be had for less than $50,000 and it includes an upgraded 8.8-in infotainment system over the base trim, plus heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and front parking sensors.
Audis aren’t known for having low sticker prices, but the Audi TT is one of the more affordable options in luxury sports cars. The TT blends style, performance and luxury in a satisfying way. The interior is one of the best in its competitive class, and so is its infotainment system. The excellent handling and stout turbocharged base engine of the TT make it fun in the corners, but this Audi is also a surprisingly comfortable grand touring car. You can get either the coupe or the convertible in the base trim for less than $50,000.
Even the pickiest BMW purists seem to agree that the current generation of the BMW 2 Series is a venerable return to form as a true driver’s car for BMW. It’s not too big, it’s available as a coupe or a convertible, and it has all of the virtues that people love about classic BMW models, like lively engines, outstanding handling and a simple, driver-focused interior. You can’t get an M2 for less than $50,000, but what you can get in this price range is the next best thing: the M240i. It has a lively twin-turbo inline-6 engine, plus upgraded brakes, an upgraded exhaust and an upgraded suspension. And yes, a manual transmission is available at no extra cost.
The Cadillac CT5 is the American luxury brand’s new midsize sedan offering, replacing the outgoing CTS. The CT5 is classy and comfortable, and you can upgrade to the high-performance CT5-V while keeping the price under $50,000. It’s not quite the barn-burner that the CTS-V was, but it’s still a respectable sports sedan with a twin-turbo V6 making 360 horsepower, plus you get GM’s /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM -3.00% outstanding Magnetic Ride control, a performance suspension and sporty aesthetic upgrades.
If you’re looking for strong value in midsize luxury sedans, don’t forget to check out the Genesis G80. Formerly known as the Hyundai /zigman2/quotes/204364212/delayed HYMTF -0.95% Genesis, the G80 takes on more established competitors in the luxury car world and impresses with strong performance, a comfortable interior and a generous helping of modern technology. The base model is well equipped with a brawny V6 engine, an excellent infotainment system and a lot of standard safety tech, and you can even upgrade to all-wheel drive while still keeping the price well under $50,000.
Lexus ES 300h
The Lexus ES Hybrid takes one of the most comfortable and practical midsize luxury cars and boosts its fuel economy numbers to an outstanding rating of 43 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. Upgrading the hybrid won’t cost you too much extra over the nonhybrid model. In fact, you can go all the way up to the Ultra Luxury trim and still keep the price tag under $50,000. The Ultra Luxury model gets you upgraded leather seating, which is heated and ventilated in the front, a hands-free power trunk lid and much more. A generous suite of driver assistance technology comes standard on every Lexus ES Hybrid.
The Lincoln Continental takes the best parts of Lincoln’s heritage and puts it in a thoroughly modern package. This big, comfy cruiser has a style and a presence that only an American luxury sedan can have. It’s not often that a luxury brand’s flagship sedan starts at less than $50,000, but the Continental is a serious value proposition in this segment. You’ll only be able to get the base trim at this price point, but the Standard trim is well equipped with 10-way power adjustable heated front seats, remote start and the excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Mercedes-Benz C 300
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has long been a benchmark in compact luxury cars, and the current W205 generation of the car is no exception. The C 300 is one of the best new luxury cars for its elegant styling inside and out, its long list of standard and available features and its lineup of outstanding engine choices. You can get the sedan or the coupe for less than $50,000, and if you opt for the base C300 sedan, you’ll have some extra room in your budget to add a few option packages and make it your own.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com .