- Jun 25, 2009
- Wollongong, Australia
- '07 Megane dCi
So you want a German estate? Get an MX-5!
Seriously though, don't get a Merc. You're too young for that.
PS: Obligatory Skoda plug: Considered Octavia estates? Should get lots more kit/newer car for less money.
I'm not so sure on this3er is a good choice- the 318d is the same motor as the 320 and 323, IIRC. A simple chip will remedy any lack in power. E90 interiors are not the best compared the A4s, but the A4s as mentioned by others, is a bit small. I can't really comment on the Mercs, but the W204 doesn't exactly have a very striking interior.
For the same reason I have doubts about the Octavia, I'm not sure about the Superb. It will depreciate very fast, and chances I'll find one with needed kit are slim. Also, one of the reasons I'm "stepping down" from the A6 is that it's actually rather huge, the midrange size I'm targeting now should be more comfortable to drive in a city, while still being big enough for stuff.Octavia is a good car, but the real winner is the Superb Mark II. Though its more on a par, size wize, with the A6 and thus a bit unwieldy it did get Top Gear magazines luxury car of the year award and you can get it with the same 170bhp CR TDI engine and can probably afford to get one with a DSG box.
Um... thanks, but no thanks. It's a nice car in its own right, but not really my sort of thing. It's just as huge as the A6, and nowhere as practical as the estates.Because it deprecates faster than Irish government bonds, the Citroen C6 might even be in your price range.
You won't spot any difference between quattro (with torsen differential), xDrive or 4matic, at least I don't. They are all very good compared to haldex (used in A3 and TT) and other cheaper stuff.I've found an interesting offer on a 1 year old 320d Touring with very low mileage, already booked a test drive. What makes it even more interesting (I think) is that it's an xDrive. Has anybody any experiences with the system? I know the Audi Quattro is quite brilliant, and I would take an A4 Quattro with a DSG in a heartbeat, if any were in my price range. But I haven't heard that much about xDrive.
You mean you expect to score a lot with groupies on the back of the car and you require collapsible back seats turned into a bed?I play drums in a band, the kit needs to be moved around - that's probably the main justification, but there are other fairly regularly occuring situations where more space just is better
Was it the older CCC iDrive or the newer CIC with quick shortcut buttons? Sounds like a serious user error because all GPS equipped E91's have map view.OK, so I've driven the BMW yesterday. Drives very nicely, as I was expecting. Rather comfortable as well. But I disliked the interior usability a lot. The iDrive is incomprehensible (and I'm a CS student, for crying out loud), Audi's MMI and Merc's COMAND are much more intuitive to control, and in general many controls tend to be slightly more complicated than they have to be. Barely any room for stowing stuff, none at all in the back. GPS only shows arrows, no map view - on a color screen in a 2009 car, wtf? Also, no bluetooth in this one car. So it seems I'm not buying the 320d xDrive after all... Merc test-drive up next, tomorrow, from what I've seen so far it seems to be the best option.
Some friends of mine are one half of a four-man hard rock band - they routinely get all four band members and all their equipment into a Mk IV Golf and a Lupo.I play drums in a band, the kit needs to be moved around - that's probably the main justification, but there are other fairly regularly occuring situations where more space just is better