The lap of luxury: 10 of the best affordable luxury cars and SUV’s of 2014

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Do you want to own a luxury vehicle, but don’t want to break the bank in the process?

Yes you can! Luxury doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. When looking for your new luxury car on a budget, try to find the best deals possible, especially make sure it’s working perfectly with garage chief, it will help you keep the car in top quality. A lot of car dealerships like to outdo each other in terms of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink as standard equipment for the more upscale models.

Ready to sit in the lap of luxury? Here’s my top 10 list in no particular order. Buckle up!

  1. Audi A3

Surprised? You and me both! It’s easy to own an Audi these days. It may not be the R8 Tony Stark used in Ironman, but it is still an Audi: German Engineering at its finest. This model, the Audi A3, is the spiritual successor to the widely popular (and expensive) A4. The 1.8L T Premium comes with a 1.8L in-line 4, intercooled turbo engine mated to a 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission (with overdrive) producing 170 horses. Along with the standard kit, the Audi A3 is priced at a very reasonable $29,900.

  1. Mercedez Benz CLA

The iconic Merc. No list would ever be complete without it. The Mercedez Benz CLA makes the list with an impressive price tag of $29,900. Meant to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and the BMW 3 series, the sleek and slender CLA-250 comes with a powerful 208-HP turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that rockets this Mercedes to 0-60 in just 6.5 seconds.  If you’ve always wanted to own one, the CLA is your perfect entry to Club Merc.

  1. Acura TSX

At $30,635, the Acura TSX is a great deal for fans of this automaker. Equipped with a 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, this bad boy pumps out 201-HP, and comes standard with 4 wheel ABS, side airbags, automatic air conditioning, 17” aluminum wheels, cruise control and driveline traction control, among others.

  1. Cadillac ATS

This good looking 4 door sport sedan priced at $34,000 carries the Cadillac badge well. Near the top of its class in terms of handing and steering, the entry level ATS boasts of a 201-HP engine while the Premium clocks in at 272-HP. Standard equipment include a Bose sound system, dual-zone AC, Bluetooth, power front seats and automatic headlights.

  1. Lexus CT 200h

Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus joins the group with the least expensive model, the CT 200h. This hybrid car is one of the Japanese automaker’s best models. It’s as fuel efficient as a Prius, but adds a level of luxury only Lexus can bring. Priced at $33,000, the entry level comes with a power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, keyless ignition and dual-zone air conditioning.

  1. Infiniti G37

One of my favorites, Infiniti is tough to beat in terms of styling, power and value. With a starting price of just $33,500, you get a powerful 328-HP V6 engine mated to a buttery smooth 7-speed automatic transmission and all the leg room and cargo space you can handle. Throw in all the standard trim you’ll find in more expensive models and you got yourself a winner.

  1. BMW X1

A list without a beemer? No way! The BMW X1 just had to be on my list because of it’s just gorgeous to look at. This high-end crossover is surprisingly priced at $32,000 and is currently one of the most affordable in BMW’s ultra expensive line-up. With a fuel-efficient turbocharged in-line 4, the X1 can take you wherever you need to go in style.

  1. Mini Cooper S Countryman

I heard Mr. Bean was planning to get one. The trendy Mini is on the list because it’s an engineering marvel. This compact crossover is well equipped, with a turbocharged 181-HP in-line 4 and a sporty package of accessories, the reasonably priced Cooper S Countryman is a steal at just $30,000.

  1. Lincoln MKC

Based on the popular Ford Escape, this compact crossover comes with a price tag of $34,000 and boasts of standard equipment like dual-zone air conditioning, remote start, heated front seats and a rear camera. The MKC has two engines, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder power plant that pumps out an impressive 240 hp, and a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 275 horses. Good job by Lincoln’s engineers on making these 4-bangers roar.

  1. Volvo S60

Rounding up the list is the Volvo S60. Being known as one of the safest cars to drive, the Volvo S60 is a steal at $34,000. Powered by a turbocharged 250-HP 5-cylinder engine, the S60 is one of the best kept secrets in the premium luxury car world. Standard features include automatic headlights, Bluetooth and auto wipers.

There you have it, 10 luxury cars and crossovers you can buy without breaking the bank. For just under $35,000, you can finally drive around in luxury and style. You have arrived.