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Audi A4 2005.5 vs VW Passat 3.6 2006
Long story short, I have now moved on to the VW Passat 3.6 as it has all the options that I am interested in. While I was shopping around, I happened to run across the last 2005.5 Audi A4 quattro at the Audi dealer. This also happens to be a fully loaded car with all options I need. Also, since it is a 2005.5, I am getting it for about 5K less than MSRP.
Specifics on the two cars in question:
1) VW Passat 3.6 (2006)
Sport Package 1 with Nav
I was offered a price of $33,400 + Ts for this
2) Audi A4 2.0T quattro (2005.5)
Packages: premium, sport, audio, lighting, Nav
I was offered this at $34,500 + Ts
I realize this is an apples-oranges comparison but it is more from the price point of view. I really like how both of them drive. VW has a lot more included options (heated seats, rear vents, tire pressure monitoring system, paddle shifters etc.). The concern is that it is a brand new model and there is not much info on reliability out there yet. The Audi on the other hand has all wheel drive, an upgraded sound system, adaptive head lights (I realize I can get those with the passat with SP2 but that puts me out of my price range), and the free scheduled maintenance.
Any comments/suggestions are welcome...