Thursday, 12 May 2016

Take a look at five of the most fuel-efficient luxury cars in SA

In these tough times, it's important to consider fuel consumption even when you're purchasing a luxury vehicle. These five cars won’t let you down in that department

5. Lexus ES250EX

The sporty and luxurious Lexus ES250EX is Lexus’ sixth-generation version of their full-size luxury sedan range, and it’s been their best-selling model globally. This comes as no surprise as this model offers a six-cylinder engine, a firm suspension, a great deal of space, and unmatched comfort paired with a quietness one could only dream of in the past. The E250EX starts at about R478 900 and offers a fuel consumption of 8.0 litres/100km.
Take a look at five of the most fuel-efficient luxury cars in SA
4. Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has an impressive 210kW 3.5-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine and a 50kW electric motor. The manufacturer sings the praises of the 500-litre boot, claiming it’s the biggest boot of any vehicle in its class. This Infiniti sedan also boasts unrivalled technological capabilities. For instance, the car key can be programmed for four different drivers, personalising everything from preferred radio station and driver’s seat settings, to steering-wheel position and aircon settings. This high-tech, fuel-efficient luxury car will give you 6.3 litres/100km and is available from R420 000.

3. Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid
The Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is fitted with the same extras and essentials as all the other top-of-the-range E-class models. It offers a 2.1-litre four-cylinder engine paired with Merc’s transferrable modular hybrid system, which is the not-so-secret secret behind this model’s supreme fuel-efficiency and power. With Merc’s Break Assist, Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist and Collision Prevention Assist, this car is a haven of safety and will cost you a cool R835 000, boasting fuel consumption of only 4.1 to 4.2 litres/100km.

2. Lexus CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h is the first fully-hybrid vehicle in the ‘compact premium’ category, and many have referred to it as the car that finally made the compact hybrid attractive. Though not very user friendly, with bad acceleration, this Lexus prides itself on its high-quality interior materials and exceptional fuel efficiency, using only 4.1 litres/100km and starting at R434 800.

1. BMW i3 (REX)

Taking first place, the BMW i3 is BMW’s first battery-powered creation, and with its high-tech materials and state-of-the-art engineering, BMW has taken a big step into the future. The i3 comes in a pure electric range, as well as the BMW i3 Range Extender (REX), which gives you the same electric power, but also offers an on-board petrol-powered generator. When your battery dies, the generator kicks in. The BMW i3 will set you back about R525 000, while the BMW i3 REX will cost you R70 000 more. Best is the consumption, at 0 litres/100 up to 1.9 litres/100km.

Take a look at SA’s top 10 most fuel-efficient cars here.

Sources: Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Wheels24, Top Gear, Auto Express, Auto Car, Kelley Blue Book

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