When planning to buy a new car you should know that “Green is the new Black” in terms of luxury cars in Australia. Electric car sales have been growing at an astounding rate over the past few years and it’s predicted to grow even more. There are two types of eco-friendly cars fully electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) which can be found in the Australian market.
Moreover, sales of such cars are further increased after the government relaxed the luxury car tax (LCT) in early 2020. Now that the LCT threshold is increased from $75,526 to $77,565. This has prompted an increase in luxury electric car sales all over the country.
So here are our top 5 picks of the best luxury cars (electric):
Tesla Model 3
Best value luxury car in Australia at the moment. Model 3 is a 4 door 5-seater sedan developed by Elon Musk’s famous brand Tesla. This is the pure electric, long-range, high-performance car. It has a long-range battery installed and has an acceleration time from 0-60 mph in only 3.2 seconds.
Though it has a sporty exterior, its intuitive controls and 15 cubic feet of storage space make it perfect to be used as a family car. It has a minimalistic design. And its battery is located under the floor. This lowers the center of gravity which provides crisp turnings while driving.
Owning a Tesla gives the customer access to a proprietary Supercharger network, which can be found nation-wide. And any improvements and updates will be installed automatically into the car without a hassle.
So if you want to try your hand at the technologically advance self-driving car that is the Model 3; then this car is a very good entry-level car and the least expensive way to try Tesla products.
Range: 429 km
Volvo S60 is one of the best luxury cars in the market. This third-generation Volvo S60 balances high performance and luxury effortlessly in its new more compact design. It is a small luxury car but can seat 5 people with ease. The battery capacity is also increased by the addition of a plug-in battery feature and it can give you 35 km on the all-electric drive.
This hybrid sedan has a sophisticated and spacious interior which looks very high class along with that special care is taken regarding passenger safety by installing a special driver-assistance technology.
This model is loaded with new safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alerts; not only that it also has a reverse automatic emergency brake and steering assists, which makes driving this model a breeze.
Though this luxury sedan is smaller in size compared to other luxury hybrids in the Australian market, it was still able to provide 11.6 cubic feet of storage space, which is uncommon for cars this size.
Range: 35 km (Only on electric)
Battery: 11.6 kWh
Jaguar’s I-Pace is the best all-electric luxury SUV in the market. This car is for anyone who loves luxury but also prefers having a high performing car. This car can go from 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds. And it’s one of the quickest and quietest SUVs in the Australian market.
This luxury battery-electric crossover car has a fast charging option and instantaneous acceleration capabilities. With the fast charger, it takes only an hour to charge its lithium-ion battery to 80%, while charging with a level 2 home charger can take about 10 hours to charge.
This model has a cutting-edge design and roomy interior for passenger’s comfort and has 25.3 cubic feet of storage space which can expand to 51 cubic feet when rear seats are folded.
Even though this is a 5-seat sedan it handles more like a sports car. It is a mixture of the comfort of a sedan and the agility of a sports car. Some of its safety features include all-around parking sensors, a rearview camera, and traffic sign recognition, and also high-speed automatic emergency braking.
Range: 470 km
Battery: 11 kWh
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
It is the most fuel-efficient luxury car in the Porche model range. And the second most expensive car on this list. Panamera is a full-sized super luxury car with a storage space of 17.6 cubic feet and 47.3 cubic feet with rear seats folded. This sized trunk is very uncommon in this class of cars.
It has a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. But it can be found in an all-wheel layout as well. This model has strong engines, comfortable interior with climate control features which is especially useful for Aussie summers.
This hybrid can go from 0-60 mph in under 5.8 seconds. And the battery can be fully charged in 2.5 hours by 240 v powder source. This is a perfect choice for sports car enthusiasts who also want to be eco-friendly.
Range: 43 km (Only on electric)
Battery: 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
BMW i8 Roadster
BMW i8 Roadster is the most luxurious hybrid sports car in the world. It is a showstopper in luxury cars with its dihedral doors and convertible looks. And the most expensive car on this list.
This plug-in hybrid has an acceleration of 0 – 60 mph in 4.8 seconds but its speed is electronically reduced to be 155 mph. It has a comfortable interior and sleek look but lacks storage space which was found in the other cars on the list.
Its lithium-ion battery on an all-electric model can drive up to 37 km without a recharge. Its battery performance was improved from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh. Which resulted in even better performance.
The BMW i8 Roadster is a show stopper, easy to use, eco-friendly, and fast. It’s all the glam you can ask for with the least damage to the environment.
Range: 530 km
Battery: 11.6 kWh Lithium-ion battery
So if you are ever in need of replacing a car, wanting to save petrol costs, or simply want to help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint, then these are the best luxury cars Australia in 2020 to try.
The above list includes the best luxury cars in Australia and all of them are at different price points, so whatever your range is there is something here for everyone. The other benefit of investing in electric or hybrid cars is that the Australian government has reduced the tax threshold thus promoting the use of such vehicles in the country.
Now comes the question of what to do with your old car once you buy a new eco-friendly car. Buying a new car is easy but getting rid of the old takes time and effort. You can either go to a dealership and haggle for the best price or try to sell privately. But all this takes time and effort.
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