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BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 350, Audi A6, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#37 of 73 Research Over & Purchase Made
Dec 27, 2007 (12:21 pm)
After extensive research & multiple test drives I just drove home a 2008 Audi A6 4.2 with every option except adaptive cruise. So far I am thrilled.
I looked into the MB E-series, the Lexus GS series and of course the BMW 5-series. I had all but settled on the 535i. It is a rocket, luxurious w/o question and I love the way it feels and performs.
But then I sat in the A6 and was blown away. I found the interior to be more than just a notch above the BMW -- in all ways the A6 was, for me, superior. And the Audi exterior, quite frankly, seems to me sleeker and less "busy" than the latest iteration of the 5 series. And finally, while the Audi is not a 5-series by any stretch in terms of road grip, handling and giddy-up, the A6 is a lot closer to the BMW than the MB or the Lexus. I found it to be an excellent choice for someone looking for a German alternative to the Lexus "ride on a cloud" feel but who also wants a Lexus-like set of creature comforts and interior. And the Audi's interior is really beautiful.
All in all a two month search with two test drives per vehicle.
#38 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [jc07]
Dec 27, 2007 (5:44 pm)
I also love the A6 4.2.
#39 of 73 I am also considering the A6 4.2 and the 535xi
Dec 27, 2007 (6:58 pm)
and I currently own a 3.2. I really like the 535. One major concern is the poor rear side crash test result. Does anyone know why the dismal rating?
#41 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [jc07]
Dec 28, 2007 (5:02 am)
Congrats on your new Audi A6!
#42 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [og_oggilby]
Dec 28, 2007 (6:45 am)
There's something special about the 4.2 over the 3.2 V6. There's nothing like an Audi V8. I just love the engine whirl and how it sounds. It's one of those cars I like to turn the radio down and just hear the engine puur. Such a sweet sound.
#43 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [rjlaero]
Dec 28, 2007 (8:16 am)
Agreed. The V8 & sport suspension really tops up the A6 and brings it a bit closer closer to the 5-series in terms of performance. The 535i/550 would still be my choice if I was an enthusiast for performance handling and road feel.
#44 of 73 I just drove that setup and would never consider the sport suspension
Dec 28, 2007 (9:03 am)
On rough roads (NYC) I did not like it. The stock 5 series has the perfect blend (suspension) IMHO. Wish my Audi felt that way.
#45 of 73 Re: Research Over & Purchase Made [rjlaero]
Dec 28, 2007 (4:06 pm)
As an avid BMW e39 owner who may very well elect to purchase the new 535SP, I must say I was very impressed with the new S5. It has the 4.2L V8 and it is a very sweet ride. Currently available only with 6M, it performs as a true touring/sports coupe should. Also a beautiful design in person - pics don't do it justice, IMO.
I've driven the 335i Coupe a few times and found it also to exhibit everything I love about BMW. Sure would love to have the 535 & S5 in my garage! One thing I can say... my 2003 530SP has been nothing short of a tremendous ownership & driving experience! Gives me the impetus to stay in the BMW family, but that S5 sure calls my name
#46 of 73 BMW Reliability
Jan 19, 2008 (3:15 pm)
Why worry so much about reliablility of the turbos. Trust me, if something goes wrong BMW will fix it. I have a 2003 7 series and have spent $0 other than uprading my maintenance plan which was just over $1000. Yes, I have had to bring the vehicle in plenty of times because something needed to be fixed, but they gave me a car to drive and I left there will a bill for $0. I got a 335i to drive a couple of times while my car was being serviced. WOW! Now that was a FUN car to drive. Slow down in the curves? For what? Just give it more gas!
Again, if you are worried about have to shell out $$ for the maintenance of the 535, then talk with them about the maintenance plan.
That's just my experience.