So, you’re making your way up the corporate ladder and your Honda Civic isn’t going with that tailored suit anymore. You could be considering one of Mercedes’ newest cars to complement that leather briefcase, but perhaps that’s not the only way forward. There are plenty of other luxurious four-doors from other brands in the USA worth considering if you’re moving on up and you need the wheels to match. That being said, Merc still has some attractive options. We have something for those just starting out, and for those who’ve already started to experience hair loss from their corporate environment. Here are some cars in the segment worth considering as a young exec with extra money to burn.
1. Mercedes-AMG CLA 35
The CLA 35 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot that produces 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is more than the Audi S3. Of course, it’s also the CLA 35’s undeniable charm that got it onto the list. The interior has been immaculately put together with premium materials and the latest tech. It’ll also be appealing to those who will genuinely put the performance to good use. Sure, it’s certainly not the most affordable spec on the list with an MSRP of $46,900. But if you can afford it, it’s an excellent choice.
2. BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
Having only been introduced in 2020, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is on the all-new models from BMW. It’s not as performance-focused as the AMG-tuned CLA 35, but it manages the run from 0-60 mph in around six seconds, which is more than enough power to avoid being late for the morning meeting. Boasting a similar interior to the X1, the 2 Series in question has more space to offer than the CLA-Class. As expected from BMW’s modern products, it’s also quite light in terms of fuel economy. The 2 Series Gran Coupe has a starting MSRP of $37,700.
3. Audi A3 Sedan
The A3 sedan’s most appealing characteristic is that it’s Audi’s cheapest product in America at the moment, although it doesn’t feel cheap by any measure. The compact luxury sedan relies on a 184-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine to get the front wheels turning in standard guise. The inside of the A3 is not as luxurious as more expensive siblings like the A4, but it doesn’t feel discounted at all. It’s one of the less powerful options, but boasting accurate handling and a compliant ride; and with a starting price of $33,300, it’s certainly worth having a look at.
4. Hyundai Sonata
It’s quite the contrast jumping from Germany’s Big Three to a Hyundai, we know. But gone are the days where luxury-focused shoppers should glue their sights to the usual BMW or Merc product. Plenty of automakers are venturing into more luxurious territory at far lower asking prices and the Sonata is one such example. It’s not built to thrill in terms of high-speed adventures, but it’ll cushion your ambitious posterior with just as much determination as more expensive brands. The 1.6-liter turbo in top-tier configurations produces 180 hp and 195 lb-ft, while a 2.5-liter on base models makes 191 hp and 181 lb-ft. Owning a top-of-the-line Sonata will cost around $34k.
5. Volkswagen Arteon
The sportback body style is slowly starting to show up the standard luxury sedan shape. The Arteon is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot and while it’s certainly not a sports car, its 268-horsepower output should be more than enough to overtake slower vehicles on your way to the bar after work on a Friday. The interior of the Arteon bears some classic Volkswagen design characteristics, but there’s some more plushness to be had in comparison to a typical product from VW. The Arteon’s striking exterior design screams “I work 14-hour days” in a really elegant manner. Signing your name on the papers will cost $35,995 to start.
6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan
The A-Class exudes class and unlike most of its relatives in the lineup, it’s rather easy on the budget. The luxury sedan asks for $33,650 at entry-level, making it quite accessible to those starting out on Wall Street. The stunning exterior design will certainly turn heads, and the inside is just as gorgeous. When you take the lower MSRP into account, you’d expect the interior quality to take a hit. That’s not the case with the A-Class, and it’s filled with a modern tech set-up and plenty of soft-touch material. Add the decent 188-hp four-pot to the mix and you have a winner.