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Ultimate AWD Sports Sedans

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  • Hello all !
    New here...figured it would be an intelligent place...
    Wife looking to buy a used (2004) AWD Sedan. Each has about 68,000 miles on it.
    Prices are apparent differences, will deal with that later.

    Looking at:

    AUDI A4 1.8 Quattro
    Infinity G35x
    BMW 325xi
    Mercedes c-240

    Not looking for a 'race car'. Standard wife car; comfortable; good in snow. She likes these styles, so the Subarus are not a consideration.

    Looking for opinions on each.
    Maybe a quick summary that you may have on each.
    Seeing that it is an AUDI forum - please feel free to let me know why I should get her the AUDI rather than the others.

    I look forward to all your help.
    Please be as lively and opinionated as you'd like to be !

    Thank you !!!

    Tooky

    (Will post in the other forums also)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think you have a nice list of cars there, actually.

    I've driven all of them at one point or another, last year I went to an Audi event at Summit Point and sampled the Bimmer, Benz, Audi, and a Lexus IS250 AWD.

    The Benz was a bit soft, this being a 2008 or so model. For their AWD cars the suspension tuning is softer, perhaps they expect snowy climates call for different priorities, but I was disappointed.

    The Lexus was softer than the Benz. Great interior, but boring compared to the others.

    The Audi was new and a V6 model, but I hear great things about the 2.0FSI, so I would really encourage you to sample one of those.

    The Bimmer and Audi went head to head, both were loads of fun. Tough call.

    The G35 I drove on a different day and was not the AWD 'x' model. Really liked it, good all-arounder. I'd recommend those 3 for you to sample.

    The Benz and Lexus only if you really want a softer, more comfy ride that wasn't as involving. If you're even searching in this thread, I sort of doubt that's the case.
  • waygrabowwaygrabow Posts: 209
    We recently went looking to replace our 03 A4 1.8T quattro. All the cars we looked at would be good choices, depending on your priorities. MB C300 4matic- really liked the looks, smallish trunk, definitely a contender. BMW 328xi- excellent handling, not sure we like the runflat tires, small trunk. G35x- handles like a big car, big HP means less mpg, many nice features. Audi A4: we loved our 03 but decided to get a new one at 74,000 miles. Now we have an 09 A4 which is the same model, same interior color, same exterior color, similar turbo engine, but more spacious, more power (but same mpg), even better handling. My wife loves the Audi, as she did the 03, and they are great snow cars. I even put Blizzaks on it for her.
  • i thought it's pretty cool video of EVO10:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4CfWdoSOTk&feature=fvhl

    ...the famous old video of EVO8 vs. Lambo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ees2aZcDUn8&feature=channel

    and lancer EVO8 vs audi s4 vs sti:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seuvqhrsjwo
  • I am looking at CR performance charts for the 112 sedans tested (this includes both RWD and AWD). To me the sportiest sedan would have best 0-60 acceleration, and best handling: Avoidance Maneuver Max Speed. These are top ten in both categories. Note that only two: G and Evo made both acceleration and handling top3/top10 lists:

    Acceleration 0-60
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    Avoidance Maneuver Max Speed
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  • Other interesting points.

    * The Infiniti G is highest performer overall - arguably Ultimate AWD Sports Sedan, based on CR testing anyway.

    * Infiniti G is RWD, but AWD version was not tested and I assume it would have similar performance.

    * EVO with its tiny 2L engine is behind of 8L Pontiac just a fraction of second.

    * EVO MR with Twin Clutch transmission was not tested.

    * Audi and BMW 3xx did not make both lists.

    * Lexus IS, Elantra and Rio handle surprisingly well, better then BMW.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wonder why it's not recommended? :confuse:

    What really stands out, to me, is that the Kia Rio sedan managed to make that list. It's probably the cheapest sedan in the world! :D
  • >> I wonder why it's not recommended?

    This numbers are just about driving fun and driving performance. Not recommended cars here either have reliability below average (audi, dodge, pontiac) or did not take (or did not pass) crash test (mitsubishi):
    crash-tests
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    >> What really stands out, to me, is that the Kia Rio sedan managed to make that list. It's probably the cheapest sedan in the world!

    It is in fact amazing that this ugly duck handles better then BMW, Mercedes C-class Sport and 100 other sedans:

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wouldn't conclude it "handles better", this is just one single test, and I'm sure a narrow, light car tends to have an advantage over a heavier, wider one.

    This is also largely a test of how intrusive (safe?) a stability control system is, which slows yours exit speed.

    Still, it would be fun to own one of those and challenge a Bimmer in a slalom. :D
  • >>This is also largely a test of how intrusive (safe?) a stability control system is, which slows yours exit speed. Still, it would be fun to own one of those and challenge a Bimmer in a slalom.

    It would be fun indeed. In this fun MT slalom test Lancer Evo 4-door sedan beats Corvette, Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Benz:

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  • Infiniti G is RWD, but AWD version was not tested and I assume it would have similar performance.

    Infiniti G now comes in AWD sport, the G37XS.

    Similar suspension to the RWD G37S.

    Having driven both, it was hard to decide which I liked better. Unobtrusive AWD system made both very sporty feeling.
  • trainerusatrainerusa Posts: 3
    What is a best lease deal for a new Legacy sedan '10 in MI, 4cyl or 6 cyl ?
    Please advise
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ask in this thread, which is the busiest for Legacy/Outback shoppers:

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0a5a57.ef17adf/2587#MSG2587
  • raj1raj1 Posts: 27
    a4 seemed lot of fun with car zooming forward from stop. bmw also good control and responded well. i guess more torque at lower speeds made the difference. i did do only city driving though - going to upto 50 with the audi. didn't find anything bad, but don't know about freeway limitations. apart from that, it was definitely roomier than the bmw, and also had more features for the money, better leather also. any comments... did not try the infinity - not interested in that much power, with low mileage as a consequence to boot. also heard audi awd is the best.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A while ago I drove an A4 V6 and liked it, the new model, too. They changed the AWD split to allow a rear bias, and I liked it better. More neutral handling, it seemed. The BMW 328xi just about matched it on the track at Summit Point, where I sampled them both.

    I had a slight preference for the Bimmer, but half the crowd preferred the Audi, so it was a close call.

    I have not sampled the 2.0T in an Audi yet.
  • The dilema has begun. Since I am writing in this forum, you know where I am leaning. I presently have a BMW 325xi. Any and all thoughts are appreciated. Thank you!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Have not driven the latest S60. The prior model was a little nose heavy, though I liked the Haldex version better than the FWD one.

    I've only sampled the RWD G37. Loved it.

    A4 - I drove a base model 2.0TFSI at a BMW event, and was disappointed. The Dynamic suspension on the V6 model I sampled earlier was much better. The small engine lags a bit, too, especially driving it back to back with a Bimmer and a Benz C300 4Matic. But what really disappointed me was the base suspension - lots of dive and squat, and too much body roll. It's just too soft for aggressive driving.

    So at least get the dynamic suspension, I'd say.

    I just drove a Legacy with my brother on Saturday, but it was not a GT. The 2.5i base model is on his short list. The new one is a lot bigger than the other cars here, but it still drives well. The extra room is welcome, IMHO.

    Do you like your Bimmer? Why not another one? Just curious.
  • Hi...I appreciate your response in such detail. I will be test driving th e s60 on saturday, but I am not even sure if they will have a 2012 on the lot, which is key based on your response above. Also, I will only consider the AWD version,which they don't have now...so I may just have to wait.

    Prior to the Bimmer I owned a Subaru GT and it was a great car. But it lacked any class in the interior. My husband still own an Outback, he is headed to his 4th one, but the inside leather, is terrible.

    The reason not another Bimmer is easy. The paint is paper thin on these cars, and if you don't have the car hand washed all the time, swirl marks prevail. I had an 05, and to make a long story short, after 3 return visits down to them wetsanding the car, it still had the marks on it. ( It was delivered to me that way). So i ended up getting an 06 for next to nothing price wise.

    tx again...time for some test driving....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Subie is also one (or two) price classes down from the others, so no surprise.

    I'd definitely sample a G37x and an A4 Quattro w/Dynamic suspension back-to-back. Should be hard to choose!
  • bemerbemer Posts: 20
    "That said, you can buy a Castrol produced oil under the BMW label from your dealership that is in fact a 5W-30, but make no mistake, that is NOT the same oil as is in the Castrol Syntec 5W-30 bottle."

    Are you saying the BMW label sold by the dealer DOES NOT meet the necessary oil specifications required for latest BMW engines? - That would make no sense.....
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