Executive cars are considered as one of the most expensive models in the market featuring excellent reliability, impressive fuel economy, innovative features, and a comfortable cabin. And because of its not so cheap price, other customers chose to purchase the used models. But fret not because used cars are well-conditioned and offer the same features at an affordable price. Let us take a look at the Most Popular Luxury Used Cars in Kenya Under $1,700.
Citroën C4 Picasso (SUV) $1,700~
The Citroën C4 Picasso is a five-door, five-seater compact MPV and is also known as the Citroën C4 SpaceTourer. It was first introduced in 2006 by Citroën and is currently in its second generation offering innovative standard features including six airbags, dual-zone climate control, electronically adjustable and heated door mirrors, power windows, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, alloy wheels, emergency braking assistance, intelligent traction control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning system, an anti-lock braking system, and electronic brakeforce distribution. It is currently fitted with 1.6 L EP6 producing 89 kW (122 PS), 160 Nm (118 lb-ft); 1.8 L EW7 producing 95 kW (129 PS), 170 Nm (125 lb-ft); 2.0 L EW10 producing 107 kW (145 PS), 199 Nm (147 lb-ft), mated to five/six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Sedan) $1,180~
The Mercedes-Benz C-class is a compact luxury car with a two-door, three-door, four-door, and five-door body layout which was introduced in 1993 by Daimler AG. The four-door sedan was first introduced and is currently in its fifth generation with advanced features a pre-crash system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, electronic stability control with dynamic cornering assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning system, front and rear parking assist, power windows, an anti-lock braking system, and air-conditioning. It comes with a 2.0L M274 inline-4 turbocharged producing 184 PS (135 kW); a 3.0L M276 DELA 30 V6 bi-turbocharged producing 367 PS (270 kW); and a 2.1L OM651 inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine producing 170 PS (125 kW), coupled with a six-speed manual, seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic or nine-speed 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic.
Audi A4 (Sedan) $1,700~
The Audi A4 is available in a four-door sedan and five-door wagon in its early years that was introduced in 1994 by Audi AG-Volkswagen and is presently in its fifth generation. It has a modern-looking design as well as advanced features, great performance, and excellent fuel economy. The A4 introduced standard features which include driver and passenger airbags, MMI system, Audi Lane and side assist, speed-sensitive power steering, electronic handbrake, advanced key, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive headlights. It is presently fitted with a 1.8L TFSI producing 160 PS (158 hp); 2.0L TFSI producing 180 PS (178 hp); 3.2L V6 FSI producing 265 PS (261 hp), with a six-speed manual or eight-speed Multitronic CVT.
Audi A3 (Sedan) $720~
The Audi A3 is a subcompact luxury car manufactured and marketed since 1996 by Audi and is available in three/four-door hatchback and four-door sedan in 2013. The third-generation Audi A3 introduced the four-door body layout with standard features including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, stability controls, power windows, power mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake, multifunction leather steering wheel, auto headlights, front-seat adjustment, Bluetooth, Audi Music Interface with CD/SD card input, an MMI system, and alloy wheels. It comes with petrol engines and diesel engine: 1.4L TFSI producing 150 PS (110 kW), 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); 1.8L TFSI producing 180 PS (132 kW), 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); and 2.0L TDI producing 150 PS (110 kW), 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), paired to six-speed manual or six-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission.
BMW 3 Series (Sedan) $1,460~
The BMW 3 Series sedan is a four-door luxury car produced in May 1975 and is currently in its seventh generation offering a sporty look, innovative features, great engine performance, fuel efficiency, reliability, and comfortable interior. Also, include some notable standard features such as lane change departure warning, keyless entry, electric power steering, parking assistant system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, multi-function steering wheel, traction control, cruise control, and electronic stability control. It comes with a 2.0L N20B20 inline-4 turbocharged engine producing power of 135 kW (181 hp) and a 3.0L N55B30M0 inline-6 turbocharged engine producing power of 225 kW (302 hp), with a six-speed manual or eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission.
Audi A6 (Sedan) $1,180~
The Audi A6 sedan is a four-door executive car manufactured by Audi in 1994 and is now in its fifth generation. It offers a luxurious and comfortable interior, impressive fuel economy, functions, and excellent engine performance. It is also equipped with notable standard features including driver and passenger airbags, fog lights, power windows, power steering, power mirrors, automatic climate control, parking sensors, cruise control, keyless entry, start-stop engine, adjustable steering, brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, and audio system with satellite navigation. It is currently fitted with petrol engines: 2.0L TFSI producing 180 PS (132 kW), 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 2.8L FSI V6 producing 220 PS (162 kW), 280 Nm (207 lb-ft); and diesel engine 2.0L TDI producing 177 PS (130 kW), 380 Nm (280 lb-ft), coupled with a six-speed manual or Multitronic CVT.
BMW 1 Series (Hatchback) $1,180~
The BMW 1 Series hatchback model is a subcompact luxury car introduced in 2004 with a rear-wheel / all-wheel-drive layout. It is presently in its third generation and one of the most popular hatchbacks of BMW with outstanding fuel economy, reliability, comfortable interiors, and functions. The available standard features consist of SRS airbags, post-collision safety system, remote keyless power door locks, traction control, fog lights, emergency braking assist, stability control, cruise control, electric power steering. The available engines are equipped with petrol engines: 1.6L N13 inline-4 producing 100 kW (134 hp), 220 Nm (162 lb-ft); 3.0L N55 inline-6 producing 235 kW (315 hp), 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). And diesel engines: 1.6L N47 inline-4 producing 85 kW (114 hp), 260 Nm (192 lb-ft); and 2.0L N47 inline-4 producing 105 kW (141 hp), 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), coupled with a six-speed manual or eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic.
Peugeot 308 (Wagon) $1,090~
The Peugeot 308 is a medium car with a two-door coupe, three/five-door hatchback, a four-door sedan, and a five-door wagon produced in 2007 by French automaker Peugeot. The wagon version is currently in its third generation with standard features including driver and passenger airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, power windows, power steering, anti-lock braking system, traction control, and vehicle stability control. It comes with a 1.6L Prince inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine producing 156 PS (115 kW), 24.5 kgm (240 Nm); and 1.2L PureTech inline-3 engine producing 131 PS (96 kW), 23.5 kgm (230 Nm), mated to five/six-speed manual, six-speed EAT6 Aisin or eight-speed EAT8 AISIN AWF8F35 automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class (Hatchback) $960~
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a five-door subcompact hatchback marketed in 2005 by Mercedes-Benz and is now in its third generation. It offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, reliability, fuel economy, and impressive numbers of advanced features consisting of driver and passenger airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, brake Assist, leather-wrapped steering wheel, halogen headlights, intelligent key system, MMI interface with iPod/USB port, Bluetooth, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power steering, and audio system. It is equipped with a 1.6L B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY inline-4 turbo engine producing 122 PS (90 kW), 200 Nm (148 lb-ft); 1.6L B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY inline-4 turbo engine producing 156 PS (115 kW), 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); and 2.0L B 200 Natural Gas Drive inline-4 turbo engine producing 156 PS (115 kW), 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) with six-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (Hatchback) $900~
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a subcompact car introduced in 1997 by Mercedes-Benz and produced various body layouts including three/five-door hatchback and four-door sedan. It is one of the most popular luxury hatchbacks in the market and offered some high-class features which includes SRS airbags, adjustable steering, power steering, power windows, air conditioning, alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, centralized door locks, child safety locks, xenon headlights, hill start assist, electric parking brake, and audio system. It comes with a 1.6L M270 inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine producing 122 PS (90 kW), 200 Nm (148 lb-ft); and a 2.0L M270 inline-4 turbocharged petrol engine producing 211 PS (155 kW), 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic (7G-DCT).
Cars are already a necessity to some of us, some chose the latest models while others prefer the used cars for practical reasons. Besides, even used luxury cars have the same features as the new ones and are sometimes much more reliable than others. As always, it all comes to how you care for your car, whether it is used luxury cars or the entry-level model. You can visit the BE FORWARD store for more information on how to get an affordable luxury car.
Written by: Esther Abranilla