Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4-series gran coupe

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tryna cop a car sometime in the next few weeks for a job up in the Chi--monkeys, do I go with the classy, statesmanlike Audi or the emphatically aggressive BMW? Or, do I just accept that by not working in NYC I am become pleb and get a used 2012 honda accord?

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Dec 10, 2017

If you have no family than I would choose the two door version of any of the two cars. They just look so much better and if you have no family it doesn't really matter whether you have 4 or 2 doors.

With regard to the choice I'd go with the Audi! Audi released the new A5 recently and I think it looks really good. The BMW looks really good too, however, it has been very similar for many years and I am a bit tired of it.

In terms of driving, entertainment, comfort, luxurious interior etc I would put both at the same level. Depending on you budget and your configuration you can get both cars with really nice high end interiors.

Keep in mind that at the end of the day you spend more time IN the car so rather spend some more money on making it nicer / more comfortable in the interior rather than spending more money on some fancy color of the car.

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Dec 10, 2017
axmal:

If you have no family than I would choose the two door version of any of the two cars. They just look so much better and if you have no family it doesn't really matter whether you have 4 or 2 doors.

The A5 sportback looks considerably better than the A5 coupe (me: former A5 coupe driver).

Dec 12, 2017

From the perspective of someone who loves driving and used to street race:

Audis drive like shit. They look cool and they're comfortable and all that, but they have terrible drive feel. Not responsive, loose steering, can't feel the road at all. Recent BMWs aren't as good as the older gen with tight hydraulic racks, but the sporty BMWs still have the best and tightest road feel. Can you feel every pothole in a BMW? Yes. But fuck, they feel great to drive. My dad's Audi a7 drives looser than my sister's Jeep Grand Cherokee for christ's sake.

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Dec 12, 2017

I agree that the Audi A classes drive poorly, but I just switched over from a 2014 A5 to a 2018 S3 and the S3 is sick af. Incredible acceleration, near instant torque, and ridiculously tight steering. It drives as well as my 2010 GTI but is way faster. This is the first time I've really, genuinely enjoyed driving. With that said, the A5 coupe had one of the nicest interiors you could get for under $100,000. It was siiiiiick. The S3--even 4 years later--isn't quite as lux.

In sum, if you want a great Audi driving experience, go with the S classes.

Dec 12, 2017

That sounds right. Never spent any considerable with an S, but I drove for like 20 mins in an S5 and it felt pretty nice. Honestly though, given the price differential and what you get from the high-end BMW interiors as well, I would say that they're still a better bet.

Dec 20, 2017
Dances with Dachshunds:

I agree that the Audi A classes drive poorly, but I just switched over from a 2014 A5 to a 2018 S3 and the S3 is sick af. Incredible acceleration, near instant torque, and ridiculously tight steering. It drives as well as my 2010 GTI but is way faster. This is the first time I've really, genuinely enjoyed driving. With that said, the A5 coupe had one of the nicest interiors you could get for under $100,000. It was siiiiiick. The S3--even 4 years later--isn't quite as lux.

In sum, if you want a great Audi driving experience, go with the S classes.

Yeah the S3 is definitely a performance car. Nice ride.

But, did you consider the BMW M2 when you were looking at the S3? Its pretty sick.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Dec 20, 2017

Update: after test drives and a lot of research, I ended up finding a great deal on a 440i gran coupe (which also was far and away the most fun to drive), so I went with that.

University of Chicago

Dec 20, 2017

by cop do you mean lease

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Dec 20, 2017

I have the cash to buy, so I'll buy

University of Chicago

Dec 21, 2017
MusicCityBoer:

I have the cash to buy, so I'll buy

Nice.

Obviously, WSO strategy would be to take that cash, lease the car instead, and then make billions on bitcoin with the money you invested using this strategy.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 21, 2017

buying anything cash at these rates is silly

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Dec 21, 2017

good choice on the 440i gran coupe. are you thinking of modding your car or just keeping it stock? also, what color combo? i personally own an f30 335i m sport, tuned with full bolt ons (intake, full catback exhaust, downpipes). slap some e85 on that and its a beast!

Dec 21, 2017

It's been modded slightly with OEM parts (M Performance package incl. +35bhp), so I'm likely gonna keep it as-is for the moment. Alpine white w/ black dakota leather, and the carbon fiber spoiler/splitter.

University of Chicago

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Dec 21, 2017

BMW M635csi...earn the respect of anyone in your shop over the age of 40
bmw

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Dec 21, 2017
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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee