They can all be finessed into used with a bit of tweaking. But I agree that the first is the only one that is correct as writtenMy current car, ---- expensive, is very economical.
D) for all
E) much as
I saw the question in a website of Turkish origin. According to the key, A is correct. To me, it sounds stilted. What do you think? Thanks.
The was/is could be literal. Unlikely, but possible.[...]
The only thing that bothers me is that I would say that my car was expensive (to buy) but it is economical. With this construction, we have to understand
it as "my car is expensive to buy new, but it's very economical".[...