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Luxury Cars: Are They Worth the Extra Money?

by Melanie Peterson
Sometimes you may find yourself stuck in traffic and, all of a sudden, you start comparing your car to others on the road. Depending on what car you drive, this subject can either lower your self-esteem or be a quick shot of pride as you wait for the traffic to clear. Car manufacturers know this too. Merely questioning the kind of car you drive could be a reason for the existence of the luxury car business. No one technically needs a lavish Mercedes when a practical Honda has the same number of tires and a steering wheel. But there’s always something about replying to the car question with a bold, “I drive a BMW,” that can’t be matched by a slightly embarrassed, “Oh, I drive a Toyota.” However, we should change our mindset and be proud of the cars we drive, more so when they are known for being both economical and high quality.

Luxury Cars: Are They Worth the Extra Money?

Many luxury vehicles can cost a minimum of $10,000 more than an equivalent lower-end car, yet sometimes the cheaper car comes with far more features.

Hyundai Tucson Limited vs. BMW X3 sDrive28i

There is a certain pride that comes with ownership of a BMW. It shows that you are successful and hold luxury and performance in high regard. As a base model for the X3 Series, we have the BMW X3sDrive28i. This car is priced at an average of $40000.  The car is fitted with a 2-litre turbocharged quad cylinder engine. The low price doesn’t feature heated seats, a reverse camera or leather upholstery, however.

On the other hand, a fitted Hyundai Tucson Limited goes for about $32000 and features a 1.6-litre 175-HSP engine and some high-end options. Leather seats, heated seats, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a rear-view camera are all fitted into this limited model. To get these features in the BMW, you will have to spend up to $50000. Unless you choose to hire one of your favorite luxury cars from milanirentals.com, you will end up spending a ton of cash on getting all the extra features.

Mazda3 vs. Audi A3

The Audi A3 is the base premium model in the A-series and costs around $30900. Almost the same amount needed for a fully-fitted $31000 Mazda3. To begin, Audi fits its base models really well. You receive the famous Audi LED moving lights, leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, dual exhaust, panoramic sunroof and more. Select an extra feature, and the price comfortably eclipses that of the Mazda3. Whether that’s metallic paint, 18-inch tires and wheels, heated-leather seats – it all comes at a premium. A packed A3 with, its 2-litre engine and sports pack, can leap past $45000.


Whether the extra cash is worth it or not depends on what you actually want. Someone may have the money to buy a luxury car but prefers an economical non-luxury vehicle. As much as owning a luxury car is associated with wealth, it really doesn’t matter what type of car you own. Unless you are trying to compete with somebody. It also narrows down what your priorities are: driving a premium brand and sacrificing some features or saving the extra cash?

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