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BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 350, Audi A6, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#35 of 73 Re: Perfect discussion for me.... [jdritz]
Dec 27, 2007 (5:55 am)
Regarding the seats on the 535Xi, I got the sport package on mine, as I wanted the 20 way multi-contour seats (never tried the standard seats) and shadowline trim (black trim around the windows). That also included the sport steering wheel (has polished metal trim on lower parts), but that was not a factor in my decision.
You can get just the 20 way multi-contour seats as a stand alone option, for $100 less than the cost of the sport package.
I stayed with the standard 17" wheels and tires as I was gun shy of RFTs and extra low profile tires from my experience with an '06 330Xi.
The cupholders are not the strong suit of the car.
Can't comment on the reliability of the turbos. I have owned my car since early July, it now has about 7500 miles, and I have had zero problems. I really really like the 535Xi.
Dec 27, 2007 (7:58 am)
The new body A6 3.2/4.2 is only 3 years old. Most 50k + cars like the BMW 5 series and MB E class cars don't get a major restyle for 5-7 years
On the contrary, out of the 3 major German brands, Audi looks the most up to date and fresh, IMO.
But of course, I drive a 06 4.2 A6
#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.