The Millionaire’s Club - Three cars for just over R1-million

Nowadays it’s common to see a seven-figure price tag on a new car, and vehicle prices keep climbing – but you can still get some luxurious cars for just over R1-million. You won’t have a problem finding some impressive sports cars, luxury SUVs, or even double cab bakkies to love.

Below are just three of our favourites in the Millionaire’s Club. This was a tough choice!

Competing with the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, the Giulia Veloce is Alfa Romeo’s entry point to the small luxury sedan market. For the 2022 model year, the automaker introduced several updates, but the powertrain remains the same.

The Veloce employs a turbocharged 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, generating 206 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The power travels to the rear axle via a carbon-fibre prop shaft.

Other highlights include a limited-slip differential, an 8-speaker audio system, and 6-way electrically adjusted sports seats. You can take a step above the trim level for more power and a posher interior.

The Giulia QV comes with a stated 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 307 km/h, along with a carbon-fibre roof and a Harman Kardon sound system. However, that takes the price a lot higher (R1,770,900).

The new Mercedes-AMG A35 is accessible in both hatchback and sedan body styles, featuring a striking design, a broad range of AMG equipment, and exceptional performance.

The newly created 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine yields 225 kW (306 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. The engine’s power goes to all the wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (hatchback) or 4.8 seconds (sedan). The top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

Mercedes South Africa also offers Edition 55 Package for both models, primarily improving the A35’s visual appearance (inside and out).

Lexus South Africa unveiled the 2022 NX petrol-powered variants in March and three hybrid models in May 2022. The NX 350h SE sits in the middle of the hybrid lineup, featuring a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, assisted by an electric motor and a battery, creating 179 kW and 239 Nm of torque.

It is the least powerful in our list of Millionaire’s Club, but it comes with a claimed 5.0L/100km fuel economy rating, which is perhaps what you need with rising petrol prices.

Which one of these three are your favourite?

(All prices correct at time of publication.)

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