Luxury cars are not seen often in Bangladesh—with astronomical prices and a prohibitive tax structure, these quiet, comfortable, well-equipped cruisers are in a different league considering the affordability of the average consumer. With Bangladesh's steady economic growth and the emergence of a bigger investor class, however, it's okay to dream big when it comes to buying a car.
The entry level mid-size luxury sedan
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The all new Camry is a different kind of beast compared to the slightly drab, slightly humdrum previous generation. It's sleeker, sportier and the interior has the best of materials, making it feel much more upmarket than previous Camrys. The motor has plenty of power and it handles well—just read our full review of it in our special 5 year anniversary magazine. It's a bit pricey for a Toyota, but then it's a fantastic Toyota.
Engine: 2500 cc 4 cylinder hybrid
Horsepower/torque: 208 HP/163 lb-ft
Available through: Navana Ltd.
Price: TK 90,00,000
The swoopy, sporty mid-size
2018 Audi A5 Sportback
For a while, the whole “four door coupe” thing seemed to be a gimmick played by the German manufacturers, but the A5's strong sales around the globe has made it as mainstream as any German sport sedan gets. For a relatively bargain price, you get a sleek, slope-y sedan that'll turn heads anywhere and provide you with enough grunt as you push the turbo motor.
Engine: 1984 cc 4 cylinder turbo
Horsepower/torque: 252 HP/273 lb-ft
Available through: Progress Motors Imports Ltd.
Price: TK 1,17,00,000
The all-rounder full-size
2018 Mercedes Benz E200
For more than two decades, the Benz E-class was Bangladesh's favourite luxury German car. The dealer sold a whole bunch, gaining a reputation for the solid products and fantastic equipment levels they offered. The latest E-class adds style to that mix, with design cues resembling the more expensive S-class. For anyone wanting a well-rounded performer that delivers driving thrill and comfort, the E-class is virtually unmatched.
Engine: 1991 cc 4 cylinder turbo petrol
Horsepower/torque: 184 HP/220 lb-ft
Available through: Rancon Motors Ltd.
Price: Starting from TK 1,25,00,000
The smart, big-ish Sports Utility
2018 Volvo Xc60
When Volvo launched their flagship XC90 SUV with a complete design overhaul, we lost our heads because it was a masterpiece of Scandinavian suaveness. Since then, they've updated their entire model range, with the mid-size XC60 receiving a lot of the style in a more compact package. To say you'd be the coolest SUV owner in town is an understatement…unless you have the XC90. Don't let the 2 litre motor fool you, it's got plenty of power.
Engine: 1969 cc 4 cylinder turbo
Horsepower/torque: 256 HP/320 lb-ft
Available through: Eurocars Ltd.
Price: TK 1,32,00,000
The all-out, full-size plug-in hybrid
2018 BMW 740Le PHEV Sedan
The flagship BMW sedan has been a source of innovative tech for more than five decades, culminating in the current generation. With display keys, executive lounges, unmatched comfort levels and a million options to choose from in the BMW Individual catalogue, the 7-series is truly one of the most luxurious cars of our time. Add a plug-in hybrid system to the mix and you get a large sedan that has all the performance, fuel efficiency and equipment you'd ever want.
Engine: 1998 cc 4 cylinder turbo petrol hybrid
Horsepower/torque: 322 HP/369 lb-ft
Available through: Executive Motors Ltd.
Price: TK 2,04,00,000