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When it comes to buying a new vehicle you don’t have to break the bank to get the car. With the high-tech features once found only on the most expensive luxury models. Today, you can find advanced safety, infotainment, and connectivity technology on some of the least expensive models in their class. Advanced technology is one of the biggest drivers behind the constant increase in prices facing new car buyers. When it comes to buying right you don’t have to empty your wallet to enjoy these latest features. 

Here are some of those affordable and highly ranked high-tech cars. 

2020 Volvo XC40

Starting with a price tag of R499 000 is the Volvo XC40, the smallest and least expensive member of the Volvo SUV family. It’s available with the Volvo Pilot Assist system, which helps to manage braking, acceleration, and steering in certain driving conditions. 

The XC40 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights and oncoming collision mitigation. The available technology of the XC40 includes adaptive cruise control, cornering fog lights, adaptive headlights, a surround-view camera system, and reverse automatic braking. You will find a 9-inch vertically oriented infotainment display. The system supports an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. 

2020 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is best known for its simplicity. Some of the newer models are still very basic but in others, it’s one of the most advanced 4x4s you can buy. Starting from R414 999 the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is available with powertrain, safety, and cabin technology. With a high-tech eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain. The system not only provides a fuel economy boost, but it also helps to smoothly launch the Jeep from a stop. 

That’s great not only on the road but also off-road, where the Wrangler excels. The inside of the Wrangler is just as jaw-dropping with a UConnect touch-screen infotainment system with screen sizes ranging from 5 to 8.4-inches. Upper trim models include support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The best technology you will find on this car is safety and driver assistance tech that includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and blind-spot monitoring.

2020 Audi Q3

The 2020 Audi Q3 is a tech-filled luxury SUV that’s loaded with top of the range features. When Audi redesigned the model in 2019 the company wanted the 2020 model to come out with their latest technology, including their Virtual Cockpit high-definition 12.3-inch instrument panel display. The standard version of this car includes a 10-speaker audio system, easy-to-use MMI interface, which features an 8.8-inch touch screen. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

If you want to upgrade to the top of the range model you can expect to get an enhanced MMI system with a 10.1-inch touch screen and wireless Apple CarPlay. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D surround audio system is also available. The car comes standard with low-speed automatic emergency braking.  

Starting from R504 000 every Q3 comes equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive. They’re powered by a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. 

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