On the hunt for a family car and car to settle with for the next 4 years or so... I started searching for my perfect 4 door saloon... The battle is...
Mercedes C320 CDI vs Audi A4 (B8) 2.0 TFSI
Both cars on paper have similar MPG figures!!
Both have a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds
The Mercedes has a V6 derv but sounds smooth anyway...
I'm used to a 2.0 TFSI having owned an A3 for some time... and being handy with VCDS.
The only reason I considered the Merc was... when I closed the door it seemed like it was built to last and the ride was really wafty but on the down side I had no idea of what the car was doing... it did not feel engaging... although it seemed devastatingly fast due to the bags of torque it's not like I will be hauling a carivan or full compliment of passengers. 7G gearbox seems nice... The Mercedes salesman was a real douchebag... he has been dodging every single question I ask and just seems interested in taking a deposit to secure the car. I can find a decent spec'd C320 anywhere so the sales tactics are not washing with me... Perhaps that is why they have been a bit "off" with me?
I like the look of the Audi A4 (B8) S-Line though... I drove it today... it has the familiar feel to me. Coming from an A3.. I am used to the handling characteristics... More fun to drive than the Merc. I know I can do more to it... when the time comes I can take it to APR... add air suspension if I want... and I don't have to worry about a DPF or NOx trap in 2015! The torque seems reasonable... Found a really nice one in Quartz Silver but want black... cannot seem to find any at main dealers. Need to finance it so gumtree and pre-loved are not an option... Not sure if the gearbox is CVT or S-Tronic. A lot of reviews on the internet state that a B8 from 2010 (10 plate) would be a S-Tronic...
I found an interesting thread comparing the Merc and Audi interiors: The MYTH about the Audi A4 B8's interior quality... | German Car Forum
So what is the better car? Does the Audi destroy the Merc?
Should I stay or should I go?
Battle between the heart and the head... heart says Audi and head says Merc.
Sorry about the long winded thread but any input appreciated.