15 Amazing Deals on Luxury Cars
Posted on August 1, 2022
Cheap luxury cars are an intoxicating proposal. You can score an awful lot of vehicle for not much money with cars and SUVs that cost six figures at launch reduced to tens of thousands (or less!) just a few years later. Here at CarHub we carry a wide range of used luxury cars that despite being built just 1-4 years ago have already experienced depreciation. This gives you a unique opportunity to score a like-new luxury car for a fraction of its original price without worrying about rust and mechanical problems that come with age.
Find a good example and you've truly gamed the system with comfort, power and luxury that the same money spent on a brand new Camry just can't match. Limousines and supercars can be yours, brave buyer, as long as you're aware of the consequences of things going wrong, and when we say wrong we mean very wrong. Specialist parts as rare as hens' teeth combined with maestro mechanics' sky-high rates and complex engineering can soon see your initial outlay quickly eclipsed by repair bills as you wonder what on earth you were thinking buying a 40-year old Rolls Royce in the first place.
Still, a 500 horsepower super sedan car under $20000 is a mighty attractive idea. We'll provide a "Solid Example" price for each and an "As Low As" price if you're ready to throw caution to the wind and buy the cheapest running example you can find from a private seller of questionable repute. Worth remembering as we wander the beautiful and potentially ruinous garden of cheap luxury cars is the fact that the starting MRSPs listed here represent the base model in each car’s range. Checking a few options boxes when buying cars like these brand new can and often does tack on tens of thousands of dollars to the price tag. Try to stop your heart from completely ruling your head as we look through 15 of the most tempting luxury car bargains on the market and their estimated prices today,
1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W221 Generation, 2007-2013)
The S-Class has long been the luxury sedan cars for other manufacturers to beat and the W221 S-Class continued the tradition with a host of comfort and tech innovations pushing its segment forward. Produced between 2007 and 2013 the big Benz featured the usual sumptuous interior plus "Infrared Night View Assist" which used an IR camera and instrument cluster display to let the driver see much further ahead at night. All versions of this generation S-Class were quick, with engines in V6, V8 and range-topping AMG V12 flavours.
Starting MSRP: $108,000 - $236,000
Today: Solid Example $25,000/As Low As $7500
2. Audi A8 (D3/4E Generation, 2002-2009)
Audi's answer to the S-Class is well worth your consideration. The D3 generation was built between 2002 and 2009 sharing its platform with the much more expensive Bentley Flying Spur. Audi managed to shoehorn a W12 engine under the hood while clever packaging and design allowed it to pair with quattro all-wheel drive for confident handling whatever the weather. Adaptive air suspension and a long-wheelbase version were available while the sportier S8 came with a 5.2-litre V10 not unlike the one found in the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Starting MSRP: $95,000
Price Today: Solid Example $25,000/As Low As $4000
3. Cadillac Escalade (GMT 900 Generation, 2007-2014)
Sometimes you just need that size in a luxury car so may we suggest the GMT 900 Cadillac Escalade? Its styling still looks modern despite production ending in 2014 and you can have it as a long-wheelbase version or as one of history's most luxurious pickup trucks. Powered by a burly 6.2-litre V8 and with later models featuring eight-and ten-speed automatic transmissions the big Caddy can move when it needs to while available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers make sure it behaves itself in the corners.
Starting MSRP: $86,145
Price Today: Solid Example $40,000/As Low As $7,500
4. Range Rover Sport (L320 Generation, 2006-2013)
The Range Rover Sport was one of the pioneers of the athletic SUV segment with this generation staying in production from 2006 through to 2013. With handsome chiselled looks, standard Brembo brakes and available supercharged V8 engines with over 500 horsepower the Sport's surely a performer, while air suspension and a Terrain Response system give it off-road chops to match its on-road speed. Okay, maybe the supercharged V8's one for the truly brave and mechanically handy, but the naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder's less of a potential repair bill disaster.
Starting MSRP: $73,650 - $89,900
Price Today: Solid Example: $33,000/As Low As: $8,000
5. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (1965-1980)
If the cars above are a little pedestrian for you, how about a certified classic in the form of a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow? People will certainly know if when you've arrived in this rolling example of the finer things in life. Produced between 1965 and 1980 the V8-powered Silver Shadow boasts the largest production run of any Rolls Royce and borrows Citroen's brilliant hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension to cosset its lucky passengers, separating them entirely from the tiresome outside world. A comprehensive service history is of the utmost importance here. Found one without? Run.
Starting MSRP: Around the equivalent of $255,000
Price Today: Mint Condition: $50,000/Solid Example: $20,00/As Low As $12,500
6.Lexus LS (XF40 Generation, 2007-2017)
The first-generation LS literally launched Lexus as a brand, designed with a money-no-object approach to take on the Germans and become the world's finest automobile sold at a fraction of the price. Produced from 2007-2017, the fourth-generation continues to do just that with an available long-wheelbase version featuring rear seats which recline and massage your legs as you're driven around. If you'd rather be in the driver's seat there's the LS 460 Sport which adds to the LS's 380 horsepower 4.6-litre V8 with sport-tuned air suspension, forged wheels, Brembo brakes and more.
Starting MSRP: $94,600 - $130,750
Price Today: Solid Example: $35,000/As Low As $7500
7. Land Rover LR4 (L319 Generation, 2009-2016)
The big, bad off-roading brother to the Range Rover Sport mentioned above, the Land Rover LR4 combines a luxurious interior with unstoppable off-road abilities. The LR4 has classic yet modern chunky SUV styling and seating for up to 7 people. It marked a move upmarket for the big Landie and borrowed interior materials from the more expensive full-sized Range Rover. Power came from a 5.0 litre V8 before the LR4 switched to a lighter-drinking supercharged V6 for its final two years of production. Wonderfully supportive seats and optional air suspension mean you don't have to sacrifice comfort when heading off-road.
Starting MSRP: $59,990 - $72,990
Price Today: Solid Example: $40,000/As Low As $10,000
8. Aston Martin Vantage (2005-2018)
The previous-generation Aston Martin Vantage is a design for the ages. Even if it breaks down you'll be happy to sit at the side of the road and look at it while you wait for the tow truck. Let's hope it doesn't come to that though. More of a sports car than a grand tourer, the Vantage is Aston's most athletic offering with a choice of V8 or V12 engines lurking beneath its shapely hood. Either engine is a sound to behold and the Vantage features communicative hydraulic power steering to further heighten the thrill of driving. You can even have a manual gearbox. Inside it's all quilted leather with modern touches like Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera. What a shape.
Starting MSRP: $137,800
Price Today: Solid Example $70,000-$80,000/As Low As $44,000
9. BMW M5 (E60 Generation, 2005-2010)
The E60 M5 was controversial because of its styling when it debuted in 2005 but we think it's aged rather well. It features a spacious, simple yet refined interior where, in the right example, you can find a manual transmission. Like the Aston it features responsive hydraulic power steering though its cylinder count falls right between the British car's. Beneath the hood of the E60 M5 is an absolute stunner of a 500 horsepower V10 engine that makes some truly glorious noises as you row through the gears. Buyer beware though, these are known for catastrophic rod bearing issues if not looked after properly so make sure you find one with a full service history and take care of it. The candle that burns twice as bright and all that...
Starting MSRP: $106,800
Price Today: Solid Example $60,000/As Low As $25,000
10. Cadillac CTS-V (Gen 2, 2009-2015)
The Cadillac CTS-V follows the inspired recipe of taking a luxury sedan and stuffing the engine and drivetrain from a Corvette ZR1 into it. For the second-generation CTS-V that meant a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 sending power to the rear wheels through six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. It's a high-end Cadillac so luxury's a given with heated, cooled and powered everything and what's more you can have it as a coupe or (be still our beating hearts) as a wagon. Prices haven't fallen as sharply as other cars on this list because the CTS-V is just such a good recipe.
Starting MSRP: $89,185
Price Today: Solid Example $40,000/As Low As $20,000
11. Lincoln Navigator (U326 Generation, 2007-2017)
The Lincoln Navigator's a solid alternative to the Escalade in the full-size SUV arena with seating for seven and a long-wheelbase version of its own providing ample space. Featuring clean styling and powered by a 5.4-litre V8 until its final two years when it switched to a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, the U326 Navigator came with all-wheel drive as standard and featured best-in-class towing abilities. Independent rear suspension gave it confident handling and a smooth ride while maximising space in the back.
Starting MSRP: $78,600 - $87,600
Price Now: Solid Example $40,000/As Low As $6000
12. Porsche Cayenne (958 Generation, 2011-2018)
The Cayenne is known as the car that saved Porsche from financial ruin and finding a good example can do the same for you. There are lots of options across the Cayenne range with engines ranging from the plenty-powerful 300 horsepower V6 in the base model up to the monster 570 horsepower V8 found in the Cayenne Turbo S. All-wheel drive is standard while available air suspension, moonroof and a huge variety of interior colour schemes mean there's very likely a used Porsche Cayenne out there that's perfect for you. On top of the all-wheel drive and raised ride height that give the Cayenne its off-road chops, the handling DNA of Porsche's sports cars shines through so that you can have the best of both worlds.
Starting MSRP: $69,600-$182,600
Price Now: Solid Example: $37,000/As Low As $22,000
13. Bentley Turbo R (1985-1997)
The Bentley Turbo R adds performance to the Roller's recipe of grace and presence with a beefy 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 making 300 horsepower. A 5300-lb slab of English oak and marble, each Turbo R was hand-built by master craftsmen with interiors featuring the highest-quality wools, leathers and woods. While its weight and luxury appointments prevent the Turbo R from really dancing down a backroad, flooring it on the highway is said to be a similar experience to a 747 at takeoff as you're pushed along on a surging wave of torque leaving lesser motorists in your wake.
Starting MSRP: Around $286,000 in 1994
Price Today: $18,000
14. Jaguar XJ (X308 Generation, 1998-2003)
The Jaguar XJ pairs classic styling with modern underpinnings to produce a vehicle awash with Jaguar's trademark Grace, Pace and Space. The XJ features independent rear suspension for better ride and handling and comes with a wide range of standard equipment such as cruise control, automatic wipers, heated power seats and lashings of leather and wood inside the cabin. What's more, you can have one with a soulful straight-six or a positively sinister supercharged V8.
Starting MSRP: $84,000-$104,850
Price Today: Solid Example $12,000/As Low As $5000
15. Volkswagen Phaeton (2004-2006)
The Volkswagen Phaeton is a brilliant and absurd car. Designed as a swan song for outgoing VW chairman Ferdinand Piëch, the Phaeton was overengineered and overpriced for anything with a VW badge on its nose. Sharing its platform with the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur the Phaeton was available with 4.2-litre V8 or 6.0-litre W12 engines under its hood and all-wheel drive came as standard. Interiors were appropriately sumptuous and stuffed with features. The Phaeton was sold from 2003-2016 in Europe but after two years in North America it became obvious that there wasn't much of a market for a $140,000 "people's car." This gives you, the wily used luxury buyer, a unique opportunity to acquire one of the strangest, best-engineered vehicles in history for much less than its original price.
Starting MSRP: $99,210-$143,850
Price Now: $12,000
CarHub has a wide range of used luxury cars like those mentioned above available for a fraction of their original prices that are fully inspected unlike those questionable "As Low As" cars. Click here to see our full inventory or reach out to us at CarHub.ca/contact to get the ball rolling. Our dedicated and knowledgeable Product Advisors can answer any questions you may have and can help you bag a used luxury car bargain. Find your perfect car your way with CarHub.ca.
James Walker is a car nut and motoring writer with a love of all cars fast and slow. He drives a lot, and has been writing about cars for over five years.