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Lexus IS 250, Audi A4, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3 of 30 Re: Lexus IS 250 AWD vs. Audi A4 2.0 quattro [jzalkin]
Aug 02, 2007 (9:07 am)
Thank you for the input. I suspected that the voice command might be superfluous technology, although I'm wondering if it allows you to enter a destination while driving? That would be nice, because God knows in my wife's Sienna how often we need to enter one while driving but can't.
#4 of 30 LEX AUDI
Aug 02, 2007 (5:41 pm)
When I bought my 07 IS, I compared the 325, A4, TL. 325, I dropped this from my list cos its pricey for 30 more hp, has a plain interior, the i drive has not received great reception and the run flats have a lower threadlife are expensive to replace and not as comfortable as regular tyres. The A4 has the worst interior of the ELLPS IMO,is second in price to the BMW in price, not as reliable as the Lexus (see consumer report magazine), as you rightfully said, is lacking on the bells and whistles, even a 2007 nissan altima has more features than this car. The TL, it was a matter of personal preference why I chose the Lex otherwise the TL is a great car as well. I am very happy with my purchase, love everything about this car. The only drawback is the HP. When I bought the car I was not shopping for a car with lots of HP but lots of luxury, reliable, great interior and fuel efficient. I am assuming HP is of no concern to you as well.
#5 of 30 Re: LEX AUDI [sjaieve]
Aug 02, 2007 (10:24 pm)
Horsepower is not as critical to me as handling and a ride that is comfortable yet lets me feel the road. Honestly I was OK with my A4's 180hp, I'm sure I would be fine with 200 or so (whether the IS or A4). I've gotta disagree with you on the Audi interior though, as I think the materials are first rate, better than most. What it is is a little plain, but I'm OK with that. I definitely felt like I was in the lap of luxury while test driving the IS.
Both cars were far and away better than the G35 I test drove. While the G is high on horsepower I found the ride to be much like driving an Accord. I was less than impressed by the interior. I haven't test driven the BMW, but like you I'm turned off by the price and an interior that isn't too appealing. The TL was out for me because I want AWD.
#6 of 30 Re: Lexus IS 250 AWD vs. Audi A4 2.0 quattro [jzalkin]
Aug 03, 2007 (6:13 pm)
I have never even bothered to program the voice commands ,,,,, just don't think its worth the hassle. I like the smartkey a lot too ,,,, I only touch the remote to open all 4 windows and moon roof as I approach the car. Faster cool off, and I usually drive with air off and windows down anyway.
#7 of 30 Re: LEX AUDI [taruky]
Aug 05, 2007 (7:56 pm)
I guess we can agree to disagree on the interior of the A4. I will just give you my experience with the IS AWD to help you with your decision. Mine came equipped with navi, a must on this car IMO:
Miles driven to date 20,000 (I had a long commute to work)
Never replaced the tyres, should be able to go for another 10,000 miles.
Average mpg to date 27
Max mpg hwy 32
lowest ever recorded mpg, stop and go, 18
repairs to date: none
Issues with car: like other IS owners, brake dust.
Great performance in snow, can take on any snow storm
Excellent dealership experience, maintenance costs are reasonable.
You will have absolutely no problems with this car since everything that comes with it works flawlessly every time.
Good luck with your purchase, whichever one you decide to buy
#8 of 30 Audi A4 vs Lexus IS250
Aug 06, 2007 (8:44 am)
In my opinion, A4 is much better car than IS250. Audi is faster than Lexus. I have a 6-speed manual, but even auto vs auto Audi is faster and more responsive. The quality of interior in Audi is better, especially the seats. Exterior is a matter of taste, but with a S-line package A4 looks more sportier than Lexus. In terms of handling, Audi again is on top.
I agree on the fact that Lexus will have more options for the same price. But that's always the case when you choose between German vs Japanese cars. Driving experience vs more options. If you want a good alternative to Audi, you should consider BMW or MB. Lexus is different department.
#9 of 30 Re: Lexus IS 250 AWD vs. Audi A4 2.0 quattro [jzalkin]
Aug 06, 2007 (3:46 pm)
I don't think any car brand has a better looking real wood veneer than Audi, but everybody has their own opinion.
Lots of the japaneses brands are not real wood, they're actually painted metal and fiberboard.
#10 of 30 Re: Lexus IS 250 AWD vs. Audi A4 2.0 quattro [rjlaero]
Aug 06, 2007 (6:00 pm)
I guess audi a4 is well known for their interiors
acura tl does not use wood but the other japanese vehicles, Lexus and Infiniti do. Go to their websites to confirm this, its really easy.
#11 of 30 Driving an Audi A4 rental car right now...
Aug 06, 2007 (9:34 pm)
and I am an IS350 owner. I have no input on the performance of IS250 AWD and A4 Quattro since I have driven neither before. However, interior wise, hands down goes to the IS. The IS interior utilizes higher quality material and looks more "modern". The only area that the A4 is on par with the IS is the fit-n'-finish.
Also, I don't like the 4 banger turbo, the turbo-lag is horrible. It maybe faster than the IS but the 2.5L V6 is definitely smoother (I have driven the IS250 before, just not the AWD version).
#12 of 30 Re: Driving an Audi A4 rental car right now... [louiswei]
Aug 07, 2007 (7:07 am)
I think in the grand scheme of things, the A4 in terms of perfomance, is not going to achieve much on the road than the IS. I mean, there are both similarly powered and I admit the A4 is faster than the IS. Both cars will be slower than say, the cheaper 2008 altima coupe, probably the cheaper honda accord V6 model and the list of cheaper cars goes on. I would rather be in the more luxuriosly appointed, more modern, more bells and whistles car (and bear in mind I paid less for this car than the A4). At least I am paying a premium for those luxuries. I cannot pay a premium for the A4 for performance, that is nonsense since 200hp does not give you performance. if you want perfomance, the same amount of money will buy you the g35, and guess what, you will still have more bells and whistles than the A4.