Even outside of such lauded and esteemed automotive companies as Ferrari and Rolls-Royce, European manufacturers have been producing excellent vehicles for decades. Most of these companies don’t have dealerships established in the US, but some of them do. Here are ten of the best options you can find in the US from those manufacturers across the pond.
BMW 5 Series
Now in its seventh generation, the 5 Series is the world’s most successful business car and has been the best-selling luxury sedan for the last six years. This model is the first BMW to feature its new iDrive 6.0 voice recognition control console, and it provides four different engine options and enough safety features to make you feel invincible while on the road. More information on BMW’s range can be found on their website.
Mercedes Benz C Class
Mercedes is a brand that has become synonymous with automotive luxury, and the reliability and value for money of the C Class has led to it being awarded Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy award for 2015 and 2016. With the three-pointed star on the front, you can rest assured that you will have the engineering, performance, and comfort that has driven this company to class-leading standards for decades
The XC90 is the most awarded luxury SUV money can buy, even beating Land Rover. It recently earned a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2017. The XC90 is large enough to accommodate any cargo capacity you could ever need in a standard vehicle, and it provides up to seven full-sized seats with ample space and legroom. The XC90 is fitted with dual flat-screen monitors for entertainment for the back rows and fully-covering sunshades for those times when the sun is shining.
The A4 is the perfect blend of sporting performance and luxury sedan. It takes a digital instrument panel, comfortable leather seats, and voice-activated command center and places it inside of a smooth, muscly exterior body that houses one of two efficient engines. That power transfers to the road through an innovative all-wheel drive system. The A4 is also rated highly for safety and has been granted a Best Buy award for 2017 by Kelley Blue Book. For more details on the A4 and other models offered by Audi, their website has you covered.
The Boxster is the ideal choice for someone who wants to experience the thrill of a Porsche without spending money on its 911 range. As a convertible sports car, it is the perfect vehicle for cruising around town, down those long winding roads, along coastal highways, or pretty much anywhere with great weather conditions. Looking equally superb with the top up or down, the Boxster is one of the most stunning vehicles available today. The carmaker also offers a hard-topped big brother called the Cayman; details of both cars can be explored on the Porsche website.
If you were a fan of the S-Type and were filled with disappointment when it was discontinued, this is the car for you. The XE is designed to be the successor to the long-running S-Type, and it brings with it a slew of technological advancements and improvements over the previous model. It has an InControl Touch system that allows you to control all of the car’s electronic gadgets by either voice recognition or touch and an available all-wheel drive system. This car is also covered by a class-leading five-year warranty. You can own this car from one of the UK’s most iconic car manufacturers for just $35,000.
The Passat is consistently one of the best-selling European sedans in North America year after year. With its affordable luxury interior and wonderful fuel economy, it is easy to see why. It comes with a variety of safety features, such as a rearview camera and an available blind-spot monitoring system, and it has an EPQ estimated 34 highway mpg with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine. For a standard five-seater sedan, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better or safer option in this price range.
When people think of a car made in Great Britain, the first one that often comes to mind is the Mini Cooper. It is the quintessential British car: tiny and maneuverable, sporty, quick, and stylish. First rising to fame in rally races, the need to produce a consumer model was apparent, and Mini has made sure to continue implementing the very elements of its origin in every model to maintain its heritage. Today, Minis come in a variety of configurations with two- and four-door options and even small SUVs, but the two-door Mini Cooper has changed very little aside from modernizing the features with which it can be equipped. There are now more than 10 million unique combinations from which to choose for customization, including different options for trim, features, stitching patterns, and other touches. For a more complete listing of all the combinations and other models, head over to the Mini website.
The S60 received the same IIHS safety award as the other featured Volvo entry, earning the highest rating in every test. The S60 carries all the functionality and comfort you’d expect from Sweden without sacrificing any power in the process. Its engine options may only be four-cylinders, but by providing up to 302 horsepower, they outperform many other V6 and even V8 engines on the market and can achieve up to 36 mpg.
As the largest SUV offered by Audi, the Q7 is one of their best-selling models in the US. It features the most driver assistance aids offered by Audi and includes their all-wheel drive system. Even though it is designed primarily for urban and city use, it can safely navigate whatever road conditions it meets, including dirt and snow.