DCOTY 2013: Best Luxury Car Under $80,000

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Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI

It took than a decade after the hybrid-powered car was introduced to Australia for a car to win one of Drive Car of the Year awards, the Toyota Camry Hybrid home last year#8217;s Family Car prize.

It won#8217;t be decade for the Japanese car maker to home one more, with its division winning this Best Luxury Car under 000 with the Lexus IS300h

While its purely petrol-engined #8211; the IS250 and IS350 lag behind their German in terms of fuel economy, the sets new benchmarks for its class and a unanimous victory from our

Powered by a 133kW, 221Nm four cylinder teamed a 105kW, 300Nm electric it drives the rear wheels a stepless CVT auto. With different drive modes Eco, Normal and Sport/Sport S the IS300h has a character to suit all and situations.

Left to its own devices in it utilises its battery power as as possible to help achieve its fuel consumption of 4.9L/100km. And it feels a bit doughy underfoot in mode, taking it to the other end of the ensures it feels thoroughly in the Sport setting by tapping both power sources for performance.

Its drivetrain smarts are not its only trick, and our judges lauded the for its sweetly-balanced driving dynamics, steering, generous list of equipment and rock-solid quality.

locked it in at the top of this class is the it lacks for nothing despite its (plus on-road costs)

In terms of value for money it was seriously challenged by the Holden VF V V6, which, at $46,990 plus is a lot of car for the money.

More than though, the VF upgrade has elevated the into genuine luxury with more than one commenting on how impressed they with the new-look cabin and its list of equipment.

Ultimately it can#8217;t hide its humble and it doesn#8217;t have the attention to of the Lexus, and its 3.6-litre 195kW V6 is and noisier.

Mitsubishi Mirage

That leaves our long-running champion, the Mercedes-Benz C250 to bow out with a podium finish. The that it has won this class for the two years against some tough competition – though it was half way through its – consolidates its position as a luxury car. But, an all-new C-Class due next it has started to look and feel a dated.

The 2.1-litre turbo four cylinder is a fantastic producing 150kW and a whopping of pulling power and able to as little as 5.1L/100km. Its biggest is that it sounds noisy acceleration.

And the cabin, while extremely screwed together, looks and lacks a lot of the features that the Lexus and Calais offer for money.

And that#8217;s really the Mercedes-Benz loses out; at plus on-road costs, the CDI costs a lot more than of its rivals and, in the end, its fate in this contest.

year, it may be a completely different though#8230;

DCOTY 2013: Luxury Car under $80,000


That a and a Holden trumped a Mercedes-Benz for victory showcases the advances companies have made in years. The C-Class is still a luxury car and no doubt its replacement re-set the benchmarks for its class year, and the Calais offers a lot of car for not outlay. But the Lexus IS – not a pretty car from the outside is both sumptuous and sporty behind the wheel, and its hybrid is amazingly efficient.

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Mitsubishi Mirage
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