Another BMW Vs. Audi Thread i'm afraid...
Ok so this isn't A3/S3 related (but i do currently own one) and i would post this in a different, more appropriate forum but this is the busiest and not to mention i respect the opinion of you guys!
Basically i'm currently on the search for my next car, as some of you are aware. On Saturday i went out in an A5 3.0TDI and an S3. Last night i went out for a test run in a BMW 330d M-Sport coupe.
Due to the ever rising price of petrol (premium 97+ RON) i've been pretty much forced to rule out the S3. Wonderful car and serves every purpose i could require but my head and heart are saying different things i'm afraid.
So now to my dilemma... The A5 Vs. the 330d coupe. I'll be honest... I need a far more extensive test drive of both to put clear daylight between them. The 3 series felt more nimble and more of a sports coupe whereas the A5 felt more of a cruiser/GT car. But thats just first impressions.
Interior wise Audi wins hands down, a truly lovely cabin compared to the 330d.
Exterior wise i don't really have a preference. Both have pro's and con's. The Audi has the more impressive front and rear in my opinion but the beamer has a much nicer side profile. I also prefer the double pipes on the A5 compared to the twin pipe pushed to one side arrangement on the 330d (the 335d has one pipe each side like the A5 but it's a touch out of my price range!!).
Performance wise both cars are very very similar in both acceleration and economy, so again, not much daylight there either.
I will be taking both cars back out again in the coming weeks but as we stand i can't make my mind up for sure. If i had to pick on gut instinct and which 'felt' the best i'd go with the A5.
So what's the general opinion? A5 or 3 series coupe?
I don't want this to turn into a BMW vs Audi rant but i would like some educated opinions on these 2 cars from you guys.
Again, i apologise for it not being A3 related but any input would be most appreciated.