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BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 350, Audi A6, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#3 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [shipo]
Nov 23, 2007 (9:46 pm)
Performance is important but not at the expense of having to constantly "tweak" the car or a noisy ride given the length of my commute, cell phone use etc..
#4 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [slapshotk]
Nov 28, 2007 (12:15 pm)
I'm a BMW fan, but I also own a Lexus GX470 and I used to own an Audi A6.
The stock answer to your question of BMW vs. (insert competing cars in class here) is "do you want to drive or do you want to be driven?" If it's the former, the 535i is the only way to go. If its the latter, both the Lexus and Audi would be better choices. If your hour long commute is mostly stop and go traffic, the Lexus would be my pick. If, on the other hand, your commute contains some stretch where you can open it up, the BMW wins hands down.
You mentioned in your OP, how the cars "rode." Let me ask you a better question, "How did they drive?"
#5 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [dark_katana]
Nov 29, 2007 (6:05 am)
Great post! In short, the BMW drove like a luxury sports car- tight, responsive etc..On the other end of the spectrum, the Lexus drove like a high-end luxury car, very quiet, smooth, refined...The Audi seemed to me at least to be somewhat in the middle maybe leaning towards the BMW...I'm going to go for another run this weekend with all 3..Interesting that Audi and Lexus appear to be very hungry for my business, BMW is basically saying come back when your done driving "the rest of them".....
#6 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [slapshotk]
Nov 29, 2007 (9:59 am)
I think the A6 is an excellent, nay, perfect compromise between the 535i and the GS350. It's way more sporty than the GS350, but it doesn't beat you up. The steering is much lighter than in the BMW, but still responsive. Having driven all three vehicles (the V8 versions, anyway), I have to say the A6 is at least as sporty as the 5-series. It handles wonderfully, takes off smartly, and it feels good going on down the road in it. And the MMI in the A6, I think, is brilliant; much better than iDrive. I've never liked Lexus' interface. It just feels like something's missing from it, as though it's there just for the sake of being there. Hard to explain, really.
But anyway, I doubt you'd be disappointed driving the A6 overall.
#8 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [tayl0rd]
Nov 29, 2007 (6:38 pm)
Great feedback as well...Audi sent me an email today wanting me to schedule a test drive..I think I will take them up on this over the weekend..I very much agree with you on the Lexus interface..Even though it's a touch screen, I did not find it as "smart" as the MMI...The BMW idrive is more complicated although I think I can get the handle of it over time (I'm an IT guy..)..One thing I did notice is that Audi did not have a BMW Assist or Lexus Link type of capability although that's what I guess your cell phone is for...
#9 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [slapshotk]
Nov 29, 2007 (6:53 pm)
I don't think you're comparing apples to apples. If you're testing the 535i you need to drive the Lexus GS460. We drove the GS350 and found it lacking to the 535i due to acceleration and handling. The GS460 has a sports mode that changes the handling and gear ratio that makes it much closer in feel to the BMW. We bought the Lexus because of the reliability and our dislike of idrive and BMW turn signals. All of these cars are great and how fortunate we are that we get to drive one of them. Enjoy!
#10 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [slapshotk]
Nov 30, 2007 (5:45 am)
One thing I forgot to mention on the A6. The negative of the A6, to me, is that it is starting to look dated. And I hardly ever see one on the road, so that's really bad! It's just not aging well at all. But my overall positive opinion of it still stands.
#11 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [tayl0rd]
Nov 30, 2007 (6:00 am)
I do see a fair amount here in Texas (Houston specifically)...Your right that the body style could use an update...
#12 of 73 Re: BMW 535i vs Lexus GS350 vs Audi A6 [slapshotk]
Nov 30, 2007 (8:04 am)
I am also trying to choose between the BMW 535 and the Lexus GS350 (in my case the awd versions). I am not a big Audi fan because of the Audi body style but I might have to look at them. It is a tough choice since there is no clear winner, all 3 cars have a number of flaws - a shame at the prices. Consumer reports dropped the GS350 awd from it's recommended list with a below average reliability rating. The 535i is rated average, the GS350 is rated above average, as is the Audi A6. Good luck with you decision!
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