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Infiniti G35 vs Audi A4 vs BMW 335i

kenofkenof Posts: 1
edited March 22 in Audi
g35 Vs Audi A4 which one should I get

Can any one give me any positives and negatives on what you think on these two cars
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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Why don't you tell us a little about what interests you in each one of them and what your priorities are? That will help us give you more useful feedback.

    Welcome to CarSpace! :)
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,246
    Well, for starters the G is rear-wheel drive & therefore better balanced (near equal weight on the front & rear axles). It's Asian & will probably be more reliable in the long run (after the warranty runs out). Audi interiors are very well thought of, though Infiniti has improved a lot recently. The G has more power & better acceleration, but will be noisier & what some consider "less refined." Many people put a lot of stock in the Teutonic "feel" that the Audi (& BMW & Merc, for that matter) demonstrates.

    However, as Pat pointed out, some of this stuff may or may not matter a bit to you. Are you planning to lease (rent for 3 years) or keep the car long enough to accumulate 100K or more miles? What do you drive now? If you've driven them both, what do you think? If you haven't, go do it.

    Both Audi & G are very well represented on these boards by people who drive or have driven the cars, and it becomes obvious that everyone is looking for something a little different & values the various factors much differently.
  • For my wife and me it came down to deciding between G35 and Audi A4. We picked the Audi with the v6. Audi has better crash test results and to us had the edge in handling/braking. But it was a close decision between the two.
  • ggs2ggs2 Posts: 18
    i am currently thinking of buying one of the aforementioned cars but have never owned a saab or an audi. i really like the look of both cars which is important to me but i also like a reliable car as well. don't we all.i would appreciate any input. thanks
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    If you cant get the 335i, leave the german cars and get a Japanese car. See the Edmunds comparison of the C350, G, Is350 etc. The C350 came last, if the Audi were included it would have came last. At least the 335i annihates the competition in terms of perfomance, an accolade that cannot be claimed by any of its German siblings (within ELLPS of course). The rest of the ELLPS would annihilate the German rivals in terms of value for money, interior, reliability, pretty much everything.

    Thats just my 2 cents, its a pretty simple model.
  • rascal99rascal99 Posts: 54
    I can speak for the A4 2.0T. I bought a 2007 a couple years ago and have been very pleased so far. I have a manual transmission. In my mind this car is one of the best values in the market, and Audi is quite under rated in the U.S. My A4 was less than $30k new. I owned a Honda when I wandered into an Audi dealership to look at the A4. I was a travelling consultant and needed a comfortable fuel efficient car with good performance. The Civic wasn't cutting it. As for reliability the current A4 is judged to be quite reliable. Don't base your judgement on the prior 1.8T models. Audi has improved reliability. A majority of cars produced today are very reliable. The difference in reliability between Honda/Toyota and Audi, as an example, is slim.
    I would also evaluate the Audi and Saab dealer service where you are located. My local Audi dealer has been top notch. Be sure to negotiate the cost of the maintenence plan into your deal. It is about $500.
    I have no experience at all with Saab. Maybe someone can chime in. Good luck with your decision.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,246
    Happy to hear your A4 is working out well. Did you buy it outright or lease? If you bought it, what do you think of Audi resale value? I was seriously considering an A3 before I bought the car I'm driving now, but resale is a pretty big deal, and everything I've heard over the past few years leads me to believe Audi resale value leaves something to be desired. If you leased, reliability is a total non-issue, beyond the PITA factor of dropping the car off & picking it up for repairs (assuming a loaner).

    I won't drive anything but a manual transmission either -- it's great to drive an enjoyable car. Sounds like you and I are both doing it.
  • r34r34 Posts: 178
    I had 3 Saabs (I am driving 9-3) and my wife is driving an A4 3.2.
    I love Saab. It is unique. It is not only a car. It is like a family member.
    Saab built good and solid cars (they are safer than Volvo). My first Saab saved my wife. She was hit by a truck on highway and walked out with no problem. They do have some minor issues so it is important to find a good dealer. I found that Saab or Euopean only dealerships have better service than Saab & Cadallic dealerships.

    The A4 seems to be fine but it has only 800 miles. It has much better interior and handling. It is a nice car but I don't attach to it as my Saab. I love turbo! If it is A4 2.0 FWD vs. Saab 9-3 2.0T, Saab 9-3 2.0 is a better car.

    I drove Japanses cars before but I didn't go back after I switched to European cars.
    I think they are more solid (the doors are heavy and solid) and give me more feedback from the roads. Japense cars may be more reliable but they are not famous (or I should say no comparison) for safety.
  • rascal99rascal99 Posts: 54
    I purchased the A4. I have never leased a car. The only car I have ever traded was the Civic I gave up for this A4; otherwise, I sell my cars privately. I was aware the Audi resale was not going to touch the resale of a Civic for instance; however, I wasn't too worried since I do not trade my cars. Interesting that the other car I looked at was a TSX, which has super resale value, but the car just didn't do much for me.
    At purchase time the only thing that concerned me about the A4 was reliability. I swore I would never buy a VW product. Great quality, but mediocre reliability. With 30K miles on this car it has been bulletproof thus far, and it rates fairly well even by CR. I'll keep my fingers crossed, and foot to the floor :)
  • r34r34 Posts: 178
    If you want reliability and power, you probably want to go with G35.
    If you want safety, go with European Cars.

    Saab is very good in safety (better than BMW and Audi) and it has very comfortable leather seats (especially the Aero Sport seats). It doesn't not have the good interior or handling as the A4 but it may be one of the best overall package. After all the incentive, you can get a 2.0T around the same price as an Accord V6.

    I got an Audi because I wanted to try something different. Quattro is fun.

    I am willing to give up some reliability for a Saab and Audi.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    I have to disagree completely on safety of European cars VS Japanese cars, there are all pretty much in the same tier. Where are you getting your iformartion from? As I indicated earlier, if you are going to be buying a German car, get a 335i, at least you will be in a different Tier as far as perfomance and I think the extra money you pay for it is somewhat salvaged. If we talk about the A4 & C350 you really are paying more money for nothing. With the A4, I am referring to the V6 model and I am referring to the 2009 model. The 08 model is history and has nothing to offer compared to the competition. Can you justify why you would pay more money for a C350 or A4 vs the G35? Please list your reasons, i.e. what these cars offer that the G doesn't and we can pick it up from there.

    If one of the reasons is your attachment to the brand, thats great and I won't even judge you for that. We will just end it at that.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    http://g35driver.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120626

    BTW, I also dont trust car reviews especially since they favor the 335i and underrate the IS350 (seems most reviewers dont like this car and there are very few people who support it on this forum. Frankly I think its a very nice car). However, you will be hard pressed to finding anything similar for the A4 to to whats on the post. The G only competes with the IS350 and 335i, taste is what determines who wins. Everything else in ELLPS just doesnt come close to these 3
  • r34r34 Posts: 178
    Both cars have 5 stars safety rating doesn't mean they are the same. Why did Saab and Volvo received the highest safety ratings and top picks (I think the 9-3 received double top pick for several years)? Check IIHS, EuroCap, etc.

    I also confirmed that by experience. The doors, bodies, and the stable feeling of European cars convinced me (the recent Bimmer may be the exception).
    I really want to see 2 cars with the same safety ratings crush together.
    I doubt a 5 stars Kia is as good as other cars.

    Japanese cars just can't touch them. Japanese cars are not famous for safety. They are famous for good fuel efficient and good reliability.

    I agree the G35 is still safe (not the safest) and has the performance and value.
    If I need to pick the safest Japanese car, I will pick Nissan over Toyota and Honda.
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    I recently tried to buy a car. Being a RX-8 stick shift driver for 4 years, I decided give myself a bit rest. Not to play heel-toe anymore despite it is fun. My next car - good handling and fun to drive are must. Plus I need reasonable commute car to pickup my daughter everyday.

    My target car is everywhere - TL, IS250, 328i, G35...Basically all near luxury sedan w/automatic transmission. Just without A4 which I never think of it.

    After countless test driving and research. TL is the best bang for the bucks. I can get it for 31.5k plus tax w/nav. Interior is OK - like upscale accord, full of gadgets....

    Two reasons I did not choose it - 1. I'm not a fan of its look. Here in SF Bay Area, an TL just look like transparent to us. I won't turn my head to see it anyway. 2. Handling is OK - better than accord, but it is vanilla. From RX-8 to TL, TL handling is boring.

    I thought G35 sedan is my best choice. Being change style in 2007, now the back of G35 finally gets better. Not particular nice looking but it is not ugly at least. I was always wondering why G35 coupe is such good looking car and infiniti just can not transform it into sedan.

    2008 G35 interior is much better than before. It is now better than my RX-8 GT inside. Being a RX-8 owner, I may set a high standard fo this car. OK, after test drive twice over 1 hours, I can tell you why I did not choose this car - the lack of refinement. It is powerful - yes. And then? Where those smooth linear output like RX-8 or BMW inline-6? I really don't like it hop-liking start. Suspension? Too stiff. Both BMW and RX-8 are better handling car and also keep the comfort of transportation. So the handling and comfort can be co-exist. That what I call - refinement. Interior is on par of TL. However, being newer model than TL, something like key less start is really good feature. It is a good car, but not for my age.

    Let's talk about the king of driving machine - BMW. OMG, I feel connected right away when first time I sit in and drive it. 50-50 weight distribution is no kidding. I feel I can do anything. The handling may be even better than my RX-8? Not sure, but it is very very excellent. One word - CONNECTED. Inline-6 is so linear. So joyful to drive it.

    It did not make it. Why? Couple reasons. 1. The looks - E90 (2006+) model does not look better than its old model. Some of my friends call it angry shark in the front. Anyway, not bad looking but also not good looking. 2. Again, here in SF Bay Area, the 3 series car driver may be more than honda civic. It is so common car here. A lot of people want and can buy it. My budget is for 328i not 335i. It just look like you can not afford 335i so you buy 328i. My friend - a BMW-driving-only guy - talk to me - why 328? You should get 335i....Anyway, I'm just not ready to spend 40k on a 335i. 3. The image of certain 3s drivers. Few of them think they are on top of world just because they are driving bimmer - sorry, it is not. The bimmer is truly a king of all cars, but not you. Want a sports sedan? Get a stick shift! Don't drive an automatic and think you are good. Being saw too many punk kids driving bimmer around. It really does not give me good image on "personal taste".

    Forgot to mention the interior - who cares? This is a damn good car to drive.

    IS250. I always love Lexus luxury feel and hate it camry like handling. This IS is true best looking car. So nice looking that I can lick on it. Interestingly, handing is responsive - not like camry. However, I cannot feel connected. Probably too many electronics assistance. I can live with that since I need to drive an automatic after all.

    It did not make it. Again. Why? The back seat is so tight that I don't think my family will be happy after 1 month. Also, IS 250 may be more than 3s on street now in Bay Area - Ah... I like SOME having same taste as me but not everyone.

    Never thought about A4. From the picture, it is such old fashion car inside and out. It turn out to be an idea from my wife - she think A4 is a nice looking car - just not as good as IS250. Since we turn down the IS because of its tight rear seat and we have no other list in our pocket, we walk into Audi's lot and take a look of A4. I was thinking I won't buy it anyway. But no harm to see it.

    I was wrong. Despite the ibis white A4 looks not as sleek as IS 250, it looks more like classic. And we do not see it much on the street. That is a plus to us. The more I see it, the more I like it. My wife told me that Princess Diana was driving a convertible A4 so she always like the taste of it. Anyway, I am now no offense to its exterior.

    How about the old fashion interior? From the picture, it really look so dated when you compare to all above cars. Especially the IS 250, it almost pop up from the picture. I aways think Lexus can make most luxury feel among all car maker. Ha! I was wrong again. When I sit in the A4 w/Luxury package, I was attracted to it refinement from material. Yes, the style is old. However, you can feel the luxury. For example, the wood trim is real wood. The aluminum door handle is real aluminum not painted one. Lighting in dark is so nice. Everything you just can not feel from the pictures. No plastic feel. Fit and fitness are top notch.

    Back seat - still a bit tight. But much better than IS 250.

    Quattro is unique. You feel four wheels grab tightly on the ground. 2.0Turbo is nice and smooth, too. Not as good as either BMW or RX-8. However, it is still a lot of fun to drive. Much better than TL which is FWD.

    I think A4 is quite underrated in US now. So the sale number is no good. That gave us a good chance to get a killer deal.

    The Ibis White A4 2.0T quattro is now parking in my garage. Now the only thing we need to worry is the reliability issue....... :confuse:
  • rascal99rascal99 Posts: 54
    Well, it sometimes surprises me how much the culture or attitudes on the West coast is so much different then here in the East. What people think of your ride really has factor in what one buys in Cali. The attitudes here in the Southeast are much more conservative. People buy what they want regardless of what others think for the most part. That's not to say someone doesn't buy an M5 for some bragging rights or to be seen in, but the socio-ecomonic reasons are just not as important.

    I think you will like your A4. After being a 3 time BMW 3-series owner I was ready for a change and got the A4. So far I am not disappointed. The handling could be improved a bit and the car is not as "athletic" as the 3-series; but, it has other virtues. I have had no problems with my car in +30k miles. I thought I would have the A4 for three years and get something else, but I may just keep her. We'll see. Enjoy your ride :)
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    OK, the reliability might not be a problem. The resale value might be a problem despite I really love the car.

    One of reason I got A4 is I had a super deal. It is 2007 Audi 2.0T Quattro w/ 3,800miles on it. 6 months old. It come with premium, Convenience package, bluetooth, Beige Birch wood decorative inlays....just without NAV. Car condition is pristine. Feel 99.99% new car. Invoice (Not MSRP 36,000) on a new car like this is $34,200 and I paid $25,500. If I talk about OTD price, it will be around $10,000 difference.

    Which all seems good. However, its price drop like rock. That is why I'm worry about its reliability. I would like to keep it more than 5~10 years because it really not easy to sell these used Audi.

    OTOH, A4 is such nice car and I really enjoy it. :)
  • waygrabowwaygrabow Posts: 210
    I keep reading comments about questionable Audi reliability which really is counter to our experience. We have an 2003 A4 1.8T quattro with 60,000 miles. It has been problem free; not one tiny issue in all those miles. We have changed tires and windshield wipers, but that is to be expected. We take it in every 10,000 miles and the dealer services it for free; then we drive it problem-free for another 10,000 miles. Couldn't be more perfect. We live in snow and mountain country; so quattro (awd), handling and climate control are important. This is the only Audi product we have ever owned. We are considering replacing the Audi, simply because we are now financially able, and, of course, a new Audi seems to make a lot of sense to us. Our other two vehicles are domestic and Japanese respectively (we are also pleased with both of them), so we are not tied to any one brand. I stop by this board to see what other vehicles we should be considering.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    If you are considering the G & the A4, take a test drive over 2-3 days, thats what I did, the first clears a lot of misconceptions about lack of refinement & noise levels, these are myths (for the auto, not sure about the manual), the second & third clear any additional questions you might have.

    One thing I have observed about G owners is they dont post on these comparison threads a lot, except for comparisons to the 335i. I guess we have a "meet you on the interstate" approach ;)
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Too bad that I cannot get a chance to test drive both for 2~3 days.

    However, something won't change even you drive both extensively.

    What shine G is its powerful engine and handling. Again, I was a Rx-8 owner, not that kind of stop light running king person. I love 335/328 Inline 6 and rotary's smooth and linear power curve. So a hop liking start is just not my taste. I guess this won't change even I drive G for 1 year. Besides 335i now is more powerful than G.

    G's handling is OK. However, it transfer bump and holes from the road without filtering much to you. I understand that stiff suspension is a factor of sharp handling. But BMW and Mazda mix these two dilemma very well. That is what I call - refinement. And this cannot be found on G and I also don't think it will change for longer driving experience.

    That said, if I never drove RX-8 or BMW before, I will definitely think G is excellent. But the truth is - few others just do it better.

    Anyway, I'm A4 owner now. Let me said something for my own car. I found that A4's handling is interesting. It is very light when the speed is low- almost as light as my the other car - RX300. And it became sensitive and heavier when you driver faster. I understand that most car has this setting. However, A4 just push those two further apart.

    Went to Muir Wood today, a lot of curve road. Quattro really shine! :shades: No over steer.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    What interests me with your posts is you compare the G with the 335i and you bash it for the lack of refinement and "hop like starting". What you forget is the fact that the "hop like starting" was an issue with the 07 model, there is a fix for that now and the 08's, I own one, do not have the issue. Did you see the Accolades post I included. Here it is again

    http://g35driver.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120626

    I can understand when you say the G is not as refined as the 335i in perfomance, I think it will be difficult for me to argue with that, and I wont even try. Thats a good comparison. Now this is where you lose me, you then conclude that because the G is not as "refined" as the 335i, the A4, I think you have the 4 banger is therefore the better car. I have to disagree profusely with that. I think the first thing you need to consider is handling for a 200hp engine cannot be compared to a 300hp engine. I used to have a 200hp engine and I can assure there is nothing like the thrill of having 100 extra horses just available for you to use at your will. On the link above, most of the reviewers, there is over 10 of them will tell you the G handles very well, only the 335i beats it in handling. Also, the G comes with AWD if you need that.

    Now, I wont even start with you on the other stuff that comes with the G and not offered on the A4. BTW, I think the Lexus IS250 is a better car than the A4 4 banger. It offers a whole lot more, maybe except the handling. However since you are wrapped up with handling, then I guess the A4 is for you.

    At this stage I will say congratilaions on your A4.
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Don't worry. I don't know if A4 is better than G or not overall. And I have no doubt that G can run fast. If you saw my first post, I had a detail explanation on why I choose it. I just do not need a car for race track.

    I've passed that age like - my car is fastest, my car is coolest, my car is the the best....

    Now I choose the car base on the taste of it, fun to drive and again - "refinement".

    For example, for the fun to drive - RX-8 > 335 > 328 > A4 > G > IS350 > IS250
    The looks - IS > A4 > 3s > G
    The refinement - 3s = RX-8 > A4 > IS > G
    The speed - 335 > IS 350 > G > RX-8 > 328 > A4 > IS 250

    Of course, the above is just my personal rating. If someone ask my wife, she will simply turn down 3s and G because of looks which I do like those two cars. BTW, she hate the looks of my RX-8, too. :mad:
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    Glad you love your car. From your rankings above I can clearly see where you are coming from. I think you already know what I value.

    Do you know what my solution was with the wife. I convinced her I know a lot about cars. Now I make all the car buying decisions ;)
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Right! That said; If the G has sleek or classic looks as IS or A4, my wife will take it. ;OR; If the G has refinement as 3s, A4 and RX-8, I will take it.

    Unfortunately, G have neither of it.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    Right, as long as you are happy man, thats all that matters. :)
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    Humor me, how does a car with all this end up lacking the refinement of an A4, by the way, the A4 is not even mentioned as anything that can stand next to the G. These days I try to let well established voices do the talking. If you can provide something for the A4, especially the 4 banger close to this, I will kindly bow down. Please, don't try to put the A4 next to the 335i for fun to drive or handling or anything for that matter, its highly ambitious :P

    1. Car and Driver 10 Best - 2007 Infiniti G35
    2. CNET Top Luxury Tech Cars - 2007 Infiniti G35
    3. Wards 10 Best Engines - 2007 Infiniti G35 6MT
    4. Wards Interior Design Award - 2007 Infiniti G35
    5. Automobile Magazine All-Star - 2007 Infiniti G35
    6. Automobile Magazine All-Star - 2008 Infiniti G35 & G37
    7. JD Powers #1 Navigation System - 2007 Infiniti G35
    8. IGN Best Japanese Car - 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport 6MT
    9. MSN Best Winter Car (Near Luxury) - 2007 Infiniti G35x
    10. Consumer Reports (Best Upscale Sedan) - 2007 Infiniti G35
    11. Consumer Digest Best Buy (Luxury Cars) 2008 Infiniti G35
    12. AutoPacific Aspirational Luxury Car Award - 2007 Infiniti G35
    13. The Truth About Cars 10 Best Automobiles Going - 2007 Infiniti G35
    14. MotorWeek Drivers Choice Award (Best Sports Sedan) - 2007 Infiniti G35
    15. Intellichoice Best Overall Value (Sports Sedans Under $38,000) - 2007 Infiniti G35
    16. Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) Residual Value Award (Near Luxury Segment) - 2008 Infiniti G35
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Good! I hope you enjoy your 335i, too.
  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Take it easy, my friend. I though you have a 335i. Now I understand that you have G. I might be too harsh on G. I apologize.

    G doesn't make it on 2008 10 best car. Instead of that, Chevrolet Malibu make it. Will it make you think Chevrolet Malibu is better than G? My RX-8 was on 10 best cars for few years, too.
  • rascal99rascal99 Posts: 54
    These two cars are pretty different. I think it depends on what you are looking for. I will say one deal breaker for me on the G35 was gas mileage. All that torque is nice; but, you pay for it. If you look at the Edmunds user opinions people go on about the great torque, then they say "if only it didn't 16 miles per gallon". Duh!

    I wouldn't mind driving one for a few days as a comparison; but, as I said the G and the A4 have more differences than similarites. No, I can't compare an A4 with a 335i. Then again, I can't get a 335i for $30 out the door. Maybe I will look at BMW again one day, but I am one that thinks the company needs a course correction in terms of styling and "technology".

    And BMW USA please bring us the 1-series hatchback!!!!

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  • spi5spi5 Posts: 48
    Edmunds long term test on A4 pretty much reflect the my own experience of A4. http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=106570

    Anyway, it is a nice car to own for long period.

    My co-worker bought a 350Z almost at the same time I bought my RX-8. Despite the rave review on 350Z everywhere, he said he want to change his car after couple months because the Z almost beat him to death everyday he drive to work. It is good on race track, though.
  • sjaievesjaieve Posts: 252
    But has the A4 made it to the list in the same year. No.

    I am not emotional at all and you do not need to apologize. I am just stating the facts.

    A4, 328i, C300, IS250 those are the cars that you need to compare. Personally I chose the IS250 from this list although its the slowest, in any case there are all slow :)

    G35, 335i & IS350 thats a whole different league there. (Did not choose IS350 cos no AWD & 335xi wth all the options I need would have cost me +10K than the G and the interior of the 335i sucks IMO.)

    If you want an A4 & G comparison, I have given you what the established voices have said, you have given me nothing other than your perception of the "lack of refinement" of the G, notice I have not given you my perception of the A4. I was trying to make it difficult for you to continue with the refinement path especially given those 15+ accolades. :)
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