Been a while since I posted but I'm back because I value opinion/advice on here! This is a bit of a brain dump so apologies if this is an unstructured rant...
I'm in the market for a new car, partners just gave birth before Christmas so originally we were looking for something a bit bigger than the A3 (i.e. A4 or *cough* 3 series). My car is nearing its 7th birthday plus I've had it for nearly 2 years now - the longest I've ever owned a car, its time for a change!
Through living with the A3 + baby for a couple of months we've found that the A3 is fine for the most part, can fit pushchair, shopping + baby & passengers in reasonably well.
Based on my requirements (safety, reliability, comfortable/stylish cabin and a bit of oomph) I'm looking at one of 3 cars - S3 (I've always wanted one!), A4 2.0t S Line Special Edition - Quattro, or a 3 series M sport either 330d or 330ci...
I'm wondering if anyone has been through this dilemma/scenario recently and what the outcome of it was. Ideally, I'd like the S3 BUT with the new A3 soon to be announced would I be best off waiting with a view to the new A3 announcement having a downward impact on 8p prices?
Would it be underwhelming going from the 3.2 (mine has a huge spec) to the S3, essentially the same car with a little more performance...but more tuning possibilities (I'd probably only go as far as stage 1...).
On a side note - I've recently seen an S3 on autotrader for around 15k but its vinyl wrapped... it looks great (in the pictures) but I guess that will have serious implications come re-sell time in that it narrows the market? Also, should vinyl wrapping be avoided in general?
Should I simply go for the A4 S Line Special, a lovely car in its own right? Or switch to the dark side and find out what they mean by the ultimate driving machine?
Advice or experience would be greatly appreciated, I'm in no rush to make a decision but I have a habit of buying cars on impulse so going in mentally prepared is essential this time!