Europe hasn’t yet ditched the sedan for SUVs, and the evidence is clear. Some of the most prolific sports sedans still come from European manufacturers, from the U.K., Italy, and Germany. These are all the sports sedans that made the cut for 2022, each one for less than $100,000.
Alfa Romeo Giulia: the beautiful European sedan
Alfa Romeo offers the Giulia in multiple trims include the Ti and the Veloce. Customers can choose between all or rear-wheel-drive. Its basic trim starts at $44,445 and uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that sends 280 horsepower to the rear wheels. That powertrain option doesn’t change until you get to the Quadrifoglio, which uses a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that makes 505 horsepower. The Quadrifoglio only comes with rear-wheel drive and starts at $80,755. That might sound steep but give it a couple of years.
Several options from Audi
With a massive lineup, Audi comes out swinging for 2022 fences. In sedan form, Audi offers the RS3, A4, S4, A6, and the S6. Based on the A3, the RS3 uses a 2.5-liter inline-five with 400 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, all for $70,775. The A4 as one of Audi’s more popular models uses a 261-hp turbocharged inline-four and costs $39,100 to start.
The S6 is one of the more expensive Audi sedans, starting at $74,800, but comes with a 444-hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6. Our vote goes to the S3, which starts at $45,945 and gets 300 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four.
BMW offers few but excellent European sedans
While it makes more sedans than just the 3-series, BMW saw fit to call them “Grand Coupes” instead. In the strictest sense, the only sports sedan from BMW is the 3-series. It starts as a 330i for $41,450 but has many variants. Base 3-series cars get s 255 horsepower turbocharged inline-four, and customers can choose between rear-wheel-drive or the xDrive.
Beyond that, the 330e uses an electric-assisted turbocharged inline-four that makes 288 horsepower, also available as rear or all-wheel-drive. Those only go for about $1,000 more. Then at the top is the M models. The M340i starts at $54,700 and offers a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six, good for 382 horsepower. It can also have all-wheel-drive.
The best value BMW, however, is the M3 Competition. It starts at $72,800 but comes with 500 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. It’s proper fast, and there’s even an all-wheel-drive option for those who want it.
Jaguar offers just one sedan
Jaguar only offers one sedan as the XF. It has two trim options, the base, and the XF-R Dynamic. Both offer lackluster powerplants, the base using a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 250 horsepower, and the Dynamic which only has 296 horsepower. The base starts at $44,195 and the more expensive Dynamic goes for $47,295. Make no mistake, the Jag is as comfortable as any other luxury car, perhaps more so, and that goes double for its looks. However, the powerplant is lacking, and for the price, it’s tough to justify.
Mercedes-Benz AMG has plenty of European sedans to choose from
Surprisingly affordable are the A, C, and E-Class AMG sedans from Mercedes. The A 35 AMG goes for $45,850 and uses a 2.0-liter inline-four with 302 horsepower and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. The C63 AMG bumps up quite a bit in price to $87,100 but uses a 500-hp 4.0-liter V8. The E-Class AMG also fits under the budget. The E53 AMG sedan starts at $75,000 and uses a 429-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with electric assist.
The Panamera is the definition of a sports luxury sedan. It starts at a hefty $88,400 and includes a 325-hp twin-turbocharged V6. The Panamera 4 Executive gets up to $99,700 and uses the same powertrain and all-wheel-drive. It’s got more power than the Jaguar but is more than twice the price. The Panamera probably handles better, but might not be as comfortable.
While some companies like Ford are shying away from sedans, these European manufacturers are holding strong, especially BMW and Mercedes. Prices pigeonhole these cars to a degree, but luckily for the most part European cars depreciate fairly quickly, so if you can’t afford one yet, just wait a couple of years.