I would concur with this - when I was looking for a more 'upmarket' car
in 1996 I tested the A4 (fwd) back-to-back with the BMW 3 series. The
BMW felt just like any other tin can (it didn't really feel much
different to driving a Ford), but the A4 felt much more solid - a
feeling of luxury. When hurrying the cars around the back lanes, both
felt to be equally controllable. This is from someone who never
expected to feel comfortable with fwd!
My RS6 is my third Audi, and I have also converted my wife to Audis.
Peter Bell - firstname.lastname@example.org
I definitely would do! I've looked up the figures on parkers.co.uk, and
while they may not be entirely accurate, they're probably about right
relative to each other, and there's not one single redeeming feature about
the 115bhp version compared to the 140bhp. I suppose they probably lowered
the price to shift them once the 140bhp version arrived. The top speed,
0-60, economy - absolutely everything, are all worse than the 140.
I'm looking forward to the day I might possibly be able to afford one. I
might get that and a Lotus Carlton. I've also got this crazy idea of
transplanting everything from a Lotus Carlton into a Carlton Estate (bar a
few obvious saloon/estate differences).
Her in my country, at least, BMWs are gangmobiles, while MBs are taxis, and
Lexus almost non-existant. So................. Audi is the obvious
alternative. I suppose that you do not want the cops to stop you and check
you constantly, or that people all the time shout "Taxi!" after you. So,
there you are..................
Sweden? No (r) way................. But indeed very close. BTW, the
Swedes usually stick to their Volvos and SAABs, and for some reason or other
BMWs are looked upon as a typically "Norwegian" choice of car by other
Scandinavians, but they are particularly popular among our immigrants from
southern and eastern Europe and Asia, mainly young and single males, much
because of their "macho" status as "power machines". Therefore they have
gained the reputation of being typical "gangmobiles" and "machomobiles".
There has even been extremely successful TV sitcoms made about this
(particularly the young&single male Asian (Pakistani) immigrant "Ali" in
"Borettslaget", a really huge TV success here). This "negative" reputation
has driven many potential BMW customers away, as more and more adult
"native" Norwegians choose to ignore BMW as a serious option, because of its
"nasty" reputation of being a "mob car". And if you want to drive in an MB,
you can just call a cab (taxi). So, Audi is the only really serious option
left. Lexus is here, but has not been very successful, at least not so far.
US cars also sell poorly, with the possible exception of Chrysler Voyager,
but made in Austria. Japanese cars always sell well, especially all Toyotas,
but not Lexus. Also Korean cars like Hyundais have a fair share of the
market. Swedish cars? Well, Volvos are on their way up, while SAAB is
struggling. The Volvo 70 (formerly 850) series is very popular. But the
overall winner is VW, with their vast range of Golf and Passat models. And
what about Audi? Audi is doing just fine in the upmarket segment, especially
the various A4s, the A6s and the TT models. The A3 is also doing quite well,
while the A2 is a popular niche car. The A8 is a bit too expensive for the
general market here, but is considered as a "royal" car, if you get my drift
here. We are a kingdom, just like Sweden and Denmark, you know. My personal
dream (and ambition) is an A8, so there you are................. At present
I drive a 1999 A6Q 2,4L 30V V6 Tiptronic Sedan (Limousine) with 165
horsepowers (or maybe it is 170, I am not quite sure). But it is more than
enough for me anyway, as I am a thirtysomething female, and therefore
absolutely no speed freak. I just love to cruise around in some style, and
an Audi A6 or an A8 is absolutely perfect for that, and definitely not a
BMW. The A4 is more of a middle-of-the-road car, to put it that way, but
definitely more upmarket than a VW Passat. Anyway, at present, Audi is my
only obvious option and choice. The brand new A3 is also great for a modern
and urban girl, or boy, and the same can be said about the A2, too, a great
little car, state-of-the-art. And of course the TT, but it is not for me, I
need more space, and I really prefer spacious, roomy cars myself, big cars,
like the A6 or the A8. An expensive, but not impossible dream, I
Have a nice summer, all of you out there, or winter, "down under" in
Australia, where you all walk around with your feet up and your heads down
on the other side of the globe. How do you manage not to fall off the the
face of the earth anyway?? What is your secret here?? Magnetic shoes????? I
would really like to know
I personally perceive audis to emphasize innovation,
rather than vanity. I think they were among the
first mass-market turbos & awd introduced.
Also, the 5000 began the transformation of body
design to the rounded edged, softer airflow look
back in the 80s, making all cars look like blobs.
The TT design is having some mass influence as well.
I don't know about that. Every time I had to drive another car and then
drove my beamer I would fall in love with it all over again. You can
feel the difference. I have a 5 series BMW and I am in the process of
switching to an A4. When I drove the A4 I loved it. But then when I got
back to my car, I loved my car even more! I felt more solid on the
ground in my car, more confident and safer. For my beamer acceleration
was better than the A4. Handling was not as good as the A4 but that's
understandable b/c of the quattro (both were excellent), and my car was
much more luxurious. But, there was a feeling in the Audi I didn't feel
in my car: it felt cozy! it felt nice and I didn't know what it was. My
car is more comfortable but when I get behind the wheel I feel like I
have to awaken all my senses so I can drive in a way aggressive enough
to live up to BMW's reputation as a sports luxury (and I do and its
fun!). But in the Audi I felt more relaxed and "homey". I haven't bought
the audi yet as I am not sure if I should get a 1.8T and chip it or a
2.8. I know it has to be quattro and an A4 because I don't like the way
the A6 feels and looks (no insult meant to A6 owners! :) ). Until then I
would have a preference for my car (but only a small one!). After I buy
the A4 maybe I will change my mind.On the other hand, maybe I feel that
way because I am comparing a 5 series to an A4 when I should be
comparing it to an A6.
BMW sucks bad in comparison to my test driving 4 and
6 series. Audis are *very* good in performance -that's what I look
for- and my V8 Quattro kicks ass and does not look like a sleazy
On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 23:56:18 -0400, Imad Al-Ghouleh
I dont know where u live but here its actually the MB that looks like a
gangster car. BMW is nowhere close to resembling a gansgter car. Audi on
the other hand is for some reason undervalued, and that i find
surprising. I think it is in the ranks of bmw and mb, but ppl here think
its a notch lower.
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