Mercedes Benz C300
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In recent years, luxury car sales have surged in Israel. That is in stark contrast to how the situation was over a decade ago when the Israeli government imposed heavy taxes on vehicle ownership and use.

Also known as 'green taxes,' these taxes aim to secure a more eco-friendly country by reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Consequently, the government levied heavier taxes against luxury cars and personal cars with heavy large fuel consumption.

That meant higher (and almost punitive) purchase prices for luxury and high consumption vehicles, while the more fuel economy models came at significantly lower prices.

Regardless, a higher uptake of automobiles is now being witnessed in the country. That may be because there is a broader range of eco-friendly cars to choose from today than those offered a decade ago.

Also, there is a growing upper class with a considerable appetite for luxury vehicles and supercars—here are Israel's most popular cars today.

Toyota Alphard

The Toyota Alphard is a relatively new vehicle, currently in its second generation, introduced in 2002.

However, despite its relative youth, the car managed to bag a substantial portion of the Israeli market due to its value addition in the comfort department.

For starters, unlike some of its competitors, this 8-seater comes equipped with double sliding doors, which are remote controlled.

It's a handy element not just for the sake of comfort but in terms of functionality as well. It enables easy loading and off-loading, which is a definite plus for business use.

Another element that appeals to its business clientele is the fact that the vehicle has lie-flat seats. These make it easy to haul vast amounts of cargo on a whim.

As a family car, the Toyota Alphard is the dream car for any family on a budget. For one, the middle row and rear seats are readily convertible to suit your use, with dual climate zones.

Toyota Alphard
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Figure 2Toyota Alphard


Also, the front and middle rows have a reclining option, with the middle rows even featuring foldable footrests!

The other notable characteristic of the Toyota Alphard is the numerous storage compartments within the vehicle, sufficient to cater to the needs of all its occupants.

Lamborghini Aventador S

On the lavish front, car enthusiasts in Israel have increasingly turned their attention not only to luxury cars but supercars at that.

Among these is the Lamborghini brand, an indomitable member of the supercar family. The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the supercars you are likely to spot in Tel Aviv.

It is a car best suited for motorists who love taking charge. With its manual transmission and a V-12, 6.5 Liter engine, this roadster is always ready to devour the miles.

Although brand new Lamborghinis cost a princely amount, hardcore speed enthusiasts have the option of renting a Lamborghini Aventador at a bargain.

There is nothing inconspicuous about this car. Whether it is its sharp-edged piercing looks or the aggressive throttle of its supercharged engine, the Lamborghini Aventador S is crafted to make a statement.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact crossover SUV with striking looks and good fuel economy.

Santa Fe topples most of its rivals in its class with average fuel consumption of 9.6 Liters/ 100Km in city traffic and 8.5Liters/ 100 km on the highway.

Available in both Front-Wheel and All-Wheel Drive variants, this vehicle is set to take on any terrain thrown at it.

For the eco-conscious clientele, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe also has three Hybrid options on offer.

Hyundai Santa Fe
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Depending on the trim you opt for, some of the pleasant attributes you get in the Hyundai Santa Fe include heated front seats, push-button start, and heated rearview mirrors.

It is also an incredibly spacious vehicle with plenty of legroom for those long trips. Some safety features include automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning systems.

Mercedes C300

The Mercedes C300 is available as a convertible, sedan, or coupe. It is a car that fulfills the desires of sports and luxury car enthusiasts.

The vibrant and athletic Mercedes C300 features a plush interior with leather and chrome trims and state-of-the-art infotainment and connectivity.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration assure you of endless entertainment during your trips. You can go for optional add-ons such as the Burmester surround sound system for optimal entertainment delivery.

While the car comes with a standard 7-inch display screen, you can opt for an upgrade to a 10-inch screen instead.

As far as fuel consumption is concerned, the Mercedes C300 boasts of fairly conservative figures considering that it is a product of the Mercedes brand. On the highway, you can expect an average consumption of 7.3 Liters/ 100Km and 11.0 Liters/ 100Km in city traffic.

Toyota Corolla

One of the top-rated cars ever produced by the Toyota brand is undoubtedly the Toyota Corolla.

The Japanese automaker began production of the Corolla in 1966, and this subcompact vehicle has since become a worldwide sensation.

Aside from the fact that purchasing a Toyota Corolla is an inexpensive affair, it is also relatively easy on the pocket regarding fueling and maintenance costs.

Toyota Corolla
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The car consumes approximately 7.9L/ 100Km while on city roads and an even more conservative 6.1L/100Km on the highway. That makes it ideal not just as a personal car but for business use as well.

The Corolla is therefore efficient yet functional. When it comes to styling, this four-seater has a nondescript look that would appeal to persons who prefer to blend in.

On the infotainment front, the 2021 model comes loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen display.

There have been safety additions to the 2021 model, including eight airbags, an upgrade from the standard two airbags the vehicle used to have.

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