The dominant Germans have been upstaged by Lexus
1. Lexus GS300h
TRADITIONAL Lexus qualities such as a 12-month service interval and a four-year warranty team with newfound polish and appeal in the Japanese brand’s fourth-gen GS series. The luxo sedan brings a beautifully crafted interior, greatly improved (though still not fantastic) chassis dynamics and, as our calculations reveal, a class-leading value equation.
The four-cylinder hybrid GS, at 5.2L/100km on the combined cycle, brings diesel-rivalling fuel efficiency and the brand’s hard-won reputation for reliability is reflected in a 56 percent three-year retained value. Meanwhile, the fact the GS300h was the priciest to insure, at $1582, failed to unravel its ultimately successful tilt at Gold Star glory.
2. Mercedes-Benz E220 CDI
OUTDONE by the Lexus on some counts, but the Mercedes’ three-year resale – top-of-the-class at 61 percent – counts for plenty if you turn your car over often.
3. BMW 520i
BMW’s entry-level large sedan performed well everywhere for a close-run third. Condition-based servicing a best-case scenario because it means the minimum number of trips to the mechanic.
|Premium Large||Purchase Price||Comb. Fuel (L/100km)||Fuel RON (min. rec.)||3-year fuel cost||Redbook resale (%)||3-year deprec.||AAMI insurance prem.||Service interval (months)||Warranty (years)|
|Mercedes-Benz E220 CDI||$82,900||4.9||D||$2961||61||$32,331||$1370.68||12||3|
Notable classmates: Audi A6 2.0 TDI, Jaguar XF 2.0T Luxury / Number of cars crunched: 5