Top 5 Most Affordable, High-End Luxury Cars in the Philippines

Cherryl Anne Cruz

Contrary to popular belief, luxury cars aren’t always for the rich and famous. In fact, there are quite a few handful that may not be that cheap like your ordinary sedan or SUV, but still relatively inexpensive compared to other luxury vehicles.

Of course we’re saying “relatively” here because it really depends on you how much money you have right now. Whatever the case, we’re giving you the top 5 most affordable luxury vehicles that you should definitely include in your bucket list. Believe us, you’ll thank us later (you’re welcome).

Volvo S60

Starts at PHP3.3 million

Want a luxury car and a sport sedan in one? No need to look far with the Volvo S60. Excellent in handling, this European, sports luxury sedan offers a “very finely tuned chassis” to create that controlled yet confident turn in every corner.

Some of its notable features include Active High Beam to make driving safer, Road Sign Information that updates you on current traffic restrictions, and BLIS to that helps alert you of vehicles in your left and right blind spots.

BMW 2-Series 218i Gran Tourer

Starts at PHP2.8 million

Now longer and more utilitarian, the Gran Tourer shares the same platform with the latest Mini Countryman and Clubman. It’s a good thing–because basically it shares the same underpinnings with one of the most enduring and highly-awarded car brands in the world today.

Changing the subject a bit, have you ever thought of the excise as the worst thing that has ever happened in your life? Then thank heavens there’s hope if you plan to buy this model today. The recent excise tax has actually decreased the price of the 2-Series Grand Tourer  (from PHP2,950,000 to PHP2,790,000), so you’ll actually save more if you buy it now compared to purchasing it prior the “dreaded” car excise tax.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 180 Urban

Starts at PHP2.5 million

 

The extroverted A180 Urban has a more upbeat vibe that’s not often seen with the other more pensive Mercedes-Benz models we have right now. Boasting of a functional and quite stylish design, the A-Class Urban offers an infotainment system, user-friendly buttons on the dashboard, and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity to help you stay connected at all times.

This luxury car comes with a stop-start system, and it has an inline-four 1.6-liter gasoline engine joined to a seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. It can pack up a hefty 122hp and 200Nm of torque on the road.

Audi A3 Hatchback 1.8 TFSI

Starts at PHP2.4 million

Now more grown up–and significantly lighter than its predecessor, the Audi A3 hatchback is known for its durability, quality, and elegant design. Highly refined both in its exterior and interior, it has a good feature that allows you to shut off its two cylinders on demand to lessen fuel consumption.

Two of its greatest strengths are flexibility and good handling–its impressive McPherson strut front and four-link rear suspension offers good control and smoothness even during tighter bends. What’s more, it offers great technology at your fingertips, having won the Best In-Car Connectivity award for cars at Carbuyers in UK in 2016.

BMW 1-Series 118i M Sport

Starts at PHP2.4 million

Blend in agility and and sportiness in one compact hatchback and what do you get? The BMW 1-Series 118i M Sport. This 5-door vehicle offers 136 hp and an impressive 220 Nm of torque. It reaches a maximum speed at 210 kph.

This car offer great safety features, including the following: Airbags (curtain), Electronic Brake Distributions, Automatic Brake System (with Cornering Brake Control, and Brake Assist), Immobilizer, Security Alarm, and Stability Control are just dome of the features available in this model.

Final Word

So there you have it–luxury cars priced at affordable prices. Of course, you might have observed that “affordable” here means around PHP2 million to PHP3.5 million–almost the same price as a new, studio-type to a 2-bedroom condominium unit.  But if you prefer cars, have enough money in your nest egg, and with a secure, high salary at your job (ideally with minimum to zero long-term debt), then you can actually own a new, luxury vehicle without needing to rob a bank in the process–we hope.

 

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