Buy/Drive/Burn: $65,000 European Luxury Sedans for 2020

buy drive burn 65 000 european luxury sedans for 2020

In the last edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, we discussed three large European wagons with a $65,000 price point. The Buy vote was a toss-up between the E-Class and the A6 allroad.

Today we cover the sedan variants of the same three cars, at the exact same price point. Think you’ll choose differently?

Audi A6

The A6 is the most affordable of our competitors today in its highest trim. Available in 45 Premium (2.0L) or 55 Premium (V6), base prices are $54,900 and $59,800, respectively. The 55 Premium uses the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 as the allroad, and pairs it with a mild hybrid system of 48 volts. 335 horses shift to all wheels via the seven-speed DCT. Assume you’ve checked a couple of options to end up at $65,000, probably Premium Plus for the B&O system and virtual cockpit, and the Convenience Package for an advanced key and traffic assist.

Jaguar XF

For 2021, the high-powered S versions of the XF disappear, as Jaguar refreshes and narrows down the aging lineup of its largest sedan (the V6 also disappears). In 2020 the S is the trim to get if you want V6 power in your XF. With a 3.0-liter supercharged power plant, the XF is the hotrod of today’s trio. Three-hundred and eighty horses travel via the standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. It’s the most expensive car here at $68,200, so no optional extras.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Unlike the wagon version, the E-Class sedan goes without All-Terrain plastic cladding. The most expensive non-AMG version of the E-Class is today’s E 450 4MATIC. The 450 means you get a 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp) instead of the 2.0-liter I-4 of the E 350. Mercedes’ model numbering system has really been a shambles for some time now. A nine-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. The base price is $61,550, which is easily enhanced to around $65,000 by the Designo package, which nets you a nicer interior.

Last time you chose the Mercedes or the Audi when considering the wagon versions of these cars. Does the supercharged power of the XF make the Brit more tempting?

[Images: Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 04, 2020

    The XF to this point surprisingly doesn't suck, a few years ago I toyed with the idea of one. The disparity between the last Ford DEW98 S-type and first XF was staggering - and XF is also DEW98 and initially a carryover drivetrain (on a percentage basis it was like 30-40% more for the XF). Therefore: Buy me a Jag XF. Drive the Audi. Burn the Mercedes, esp in I4.

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Nov 04, 2020

    Burn them all and get either a W126 or a 1st-gen LS400

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.