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The latest in luxury vehicles – hatchbacks, wagons and SUVs without the luxury price

March, 2012

No matter what type of car you’re accustomed to driving when the time comes to upgrade, most of us expect to get a little bit more for our money. This often means we expect something in the new car that wasn’t in the old one… something to make us feel special, a little luxury. Whether it’s the comfortable seats, the little extra leg room, the stylish interior, or those few extra features that make getting in your vehicle just that touch more enjoyable, you can’t deny there’s something great about a car that’s got plenty of 5 star features, minus the price tag.

But how can we get this kind of style every day without having to fork out exorbitant sums of money for it? The good news is, Luxury comes in all shapes and sizes these days.

Here’s our pick of new vehicles on the market that will make you feel like you’re travelling in luxury…even if you’re just running errands or picking the kids up from school.



New luxury wagon: 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander PLATINUM 2wd

An SUV/Wagon that’s roomy and safe all at the same time? The Mitsubishi Outlander Platinum is all of these things rolled into one. Ultra stylish design inside and out, stellar fuel efficiency, with a smooth Manual or CVT transmission, excellent responsiveness, and great carrying capacity, with adjustable seating configurations not only for passengers, varying luggage loads can also be accommodated. Standard four-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist, 1st and 2nd row Airbags, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control also ensure the Outlander Platinum isn’t just an enjoyable, comfortable ride, but also a safe one.

New luxury SUV: Ford Territory TS RWD


Winner of a Drive Car of the Year award last year, the Ford Territory also looks and feels the part of a classy vehicle. The streamlined design makes it perfect for those who love the extra room and power of an SUV, but without the bulky exterior. Inside, you’ll find plenty of gadgets to keep you happy, including dual-zone automatic climate control, 8″ colour touch screen and iPod/USB integration, just to name a few. The Territory also has dozens of storage and configuration alternatives, as well as the option of seven seats, so it’s ideal for those with large families (or groups of friends) to transport around. The 5-star ANCAP safety rating rounds things out nicely in the safety stakes. Photo credit: Ford Australia


New Kia Rio Sports / Luxury hatchback

As soon as you set eyes on the New KIA Rio, you know this car is something different and moment you step inside it feels like you’re stepping into sports – luxury. The 4 available models all have a well laid out instrument panel and roomy interior. On the outside, the redesign presents a striking profile and rear roof spoiler reinforces the sport-luxe vibe. 6 Speed Manual or 4 Speed Sports Mode Auto gives you that racing feel normally reserved for pure sports/luxury cars. With a 5 Star ANCAP rating the New Kia Rio is the recipient of the Prestigious “” Car of the Year Award for 2011.


There are plenty of affordable vehicles on the market today with 5-star features and comfort. Of course, if you want to see what seriously over-the top luxury looks like, check out our blog post on the most expensive (and cheapest) cars in the world.


For more prestige luxury, you can browse a huge range of premium used cars for sale online at John Hughes Prestige.


What are your favourite features that give you that extra bit of luxury in your car?


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