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If you're looking for a discount on a full-size luxury sedan, you probably won't find a big one if you buy a new model, but there are deals to be had if you choose a used car, especially a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. These cars combine many of the benefits of buying a new car, including a manufacturer-backed warranty, with the value of buying used, giving you the best of both worlds. To help illustrate our point, we've rounded up eight excellent luxury sedans that you can get today with a long certified pre-owned warranty for $50,000 or less.

Audi A8

That's right, Audi's full-size, well-equipped A8 luxury sedan can be had with a full Audi certified pre-owned warranty, which provides coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date, for around $50,000 or less. In fact, there are currently nearly 40 different A8 models on Autotrader matching that exact description and touting an amazing $30,000-plus discount from new. Best of all, we aren't talking about the outgoing A8 body style, which was discontinued following the 2010 model year. Instead, the models we're recommending come from the luxury sedan's latest generation, which means they will remain modern and current for years into the future.

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BMW 5 Series

With a budget of around $50,000, you can have your pick of certified pre-owned BMW 5 Series models. And we really mean you can have your pick, as there are nearly 3,200 different 5 Series models on Autotrader for $50,000 or less. We especially recommend a V8-powered 550i, which boasts a muscular twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that offers 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, amazing figures that place the model near the top of the luxury-sedan performance realm. Best of all, you'll get BMW's strong certified warranty, which offers 6 years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the car's original sale date.

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Hyundai Equus

While you may be surprised to see a Hyundai listed among competition from Jaguar, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes, the Equus certainly deserves a spot on any list of top luxury cars due to its impressive interior, long list of equipment and reasonable pricing. Pricing is even more reasonable if you consider a certified pre-owned example, as there are nearly 90 different Equus models on Autotrader for $50,000 or less. Icing on the cake is Hyundai's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which is among the best in the business, consisting of 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and an excellent 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original date of sale.

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Jaguar XJ

The full-size Jaguar XJ is one of our favorite luxury sedans for a wide variety of reasons. Most of them relate to the car's style, which is aggressive, bold and unlike anything else on the road. But if you're looking for a good deal on an XJ, depreciation is also a huge benefit. Prices are well in excess of $70,000 unless you look for a new, certified pre-owned XJ model, which is easy to find for under $50,000 among the nearly 100 models currently available on Autotrader. Certified used Jags also include the brand's excellent CPO warranty, which provides coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the date of purchase.

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Lexus LS

There are nearly 200 different Lexus LS sedans currently available on Autotrader with a certified pre-owned warranty for around $50,000 or less. That's great news for drivers interested in a good deal on a luxury sedan, especially since Lexus' warranty is generally regarded to be among the best in the business, touting 3 years of coverage from the day you buy the car. The same compliment can also be said about the impressive LS 460, which features a silky-smooth 4.6-liter V8, a cavernous interior and a comfortable ride, whether you're sitting in front or relaxing in back.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The stylish Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers a unique look that helps it stand out from many staid, conservatively styled luxury sedans. It also offers a bold interior with modern styling and seating for only four, leading Mercedes to call it a luxury coupe. If that sounds appealing, consider this: There are nearly 70 different certified pre-owned CLS-Class models currently for sale on Autotrader for around $50,000 or less. And while we aren't thrilled with Mercedes' short 1-year warranty, we like the program's unlimited mileage and that you can pay extra to extend the warranty for additional years if you want.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

A wide range of Mercedes E-Class models are available with a certified pre-owned warranty for around $50,000 or less. In fact, there are 2,700 such vehicles currently on Autotrader. That means you can choose from a variety of engine types, body styles and even drivetrains, since the E-Class offers both rear- and all-wheel drive. And while you'll only get a 1-year certified warranty from Mercedes-Benz, you get unlimited mileage from your date of purchase and the option to extend the warranty for several additional years at extra cost.

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Volvo S80

Although the Volvo S80 can cost well above $50,000 when new, many certified pre-owned models are available for well below that figure. In fact, many certified used S80s are in the $20,000-to-$40,000 range; you'll probably be able to pick one up without using your entire budget. That's good news for shoppers who want a well-equipped luxury sedan, since that's exactly what the S80 is. We like its smooth powertrains and comfortable ride, too. The best part is you'll be able to take advantage of Volvo's strong certified pre-owned warranty, which provides fully transferable, no-deductible coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date.

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