It’s cheaper to get into an all-new Audi than you think. That’s because last year’s least expensive Audi model, the A4, has been surpassed for the 2015 model year with an all-new compact luxury sedan dubbed the A3. Starting at just under $31,000 with shipping, the sedan-only A3 boasts a standard dual-clutch automatic, an eager 170-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, 17-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights and a panoramic sunroof. The only drawback: Given the A3’s all-new status, don’t expect a big discount anytime soon.
You might be surprised to find a high-end crossover on a list of reasonably priced luxury vehicles, but the X1 is, for now, the most affordable model in the BMW lineup. Boasting a starting price of just under $32,000 and a surprisingly fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder, the X1 is an excellent value for shoppers interested in upscale cachet without spending big money. More impressive are the X1’s available lease deals, which start at around $329 per month for 36 months with $3,500 down at lease signing.