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2012 BMW 550ix

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by 997CTSurg, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. 997CTSurg

    997CTSurg Senior member

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    I'm extremely interested in the 2012 Audi A6 (also the A8). I am currently not in a location where there is an Audi dealer within a reasonable distance that has one in stock..
    My questions
    1. Has anyone test driven one?
    2. if so, how does it compare to the 535i?
    3. How is the power and acceleration? Should I wait for the S6
    4. How is the quality of the interior.
    5. Is the A7 worth a look?

    I am jonesing for a new car and I will need AWD or 4x4 for the winters when I relocate to the Cincinnati area in a month (I've lived there before) and I want to offload my Ford F150 as I am just tired of it.
     
  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Lots of good discussion, reviews, and comparisons of the A6 with the 535i on audiworld.com. I'm a fan of the A8 but also like the A6, the A7 not so much. Interiors are first rate and performance is okay, not great. The S6 should make for an excellent overall combo.
     
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    Thanks
    I should add my second car is a 2009 911 so I don't lack for the sporty side and performance. I just want something that I can push a little but rides nicer on the highway. I'm sick and tired of the F150.
     
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    the interior quality is excellent and in those terms, Audi is just widening the gap vs. BMW and others with every model year.

    i haven't driven the F-chassis 5-series but the Audi doesn't strike me as particularly sporty, although the power is more than adequate. if you can hold out till the S6 i'd definitely give that a look before buying an A6. when the hell are we going to get the RS6?!?!
     
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    I've driven the new 6... It's nice if you want a smooth, safe cruiser... I think is especially true if you are a driver with a mind for sporty driving characteristics: the A4, A6 and A8" are Audi's nods to the mainstream, best-in-class interiors and ride, good value... and detached enough to be "safe and a little boring" to the performance-oriented driver.
    The S models put the sport back into the equation. And the A7 and A5 plus s-lines are the "irrational choices" - great looks, better performance and the car you "don't need but really want".

    Do you need the size of the 6?
     
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    I do need the size of the 6
    I've been impressed with Audi catching up with BMW in the performance area
    Mercedes is making cows and pigs. I'm pretty much done looking at them
    The other alternative is a Panamera 4S.
    I need the AWD.
     
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    My personal aesthetic opinion only as the top end is out of my league- but purely on style, if you can afford the a Panamera, I'd be getting an A8 or A8L rather than the 6, but I'm great at spending other's money. ;)
     
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    I'm great at spending my own money......unfortunately.
    I'm just not sure I need the size of the A8, 750iX etc. I can afford the Panamera but I have a 911.
    The BMW 550iX is appealing but I'm not sure I really need[/B ]the V8 and more HP.
     
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    Look at the A7 in person. It is worth a look. Absolutely Stunning
     
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    This. I'm not that much of an Audi fan, but the A7 is one car that looks really good. Give it a try, you might like it.
     
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    I can only look at the brochure and online.
    Looks like a stunning design.
    WIll have to check it out when I go test drive an A6.
     
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    Trust me as a fellow 997 owner - you want a car that albeit large, still handles well and has great power. Or else it will be such a step down that you'll never drive the new car. See if the S6 can cut it, or I guess the Panamera could be plan B
     
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    Do you have a second car that you drive on a regular basis?
     
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    Your "alternative" is nearly twice as much money.

    As to the A6, perhaps I'm too much of a BMW fan (currently own a 2008 535xi), but each time I've test driven an A6 I've found it a bit too detached compared to the BMW. That said, the F10, to me, is slightly more detached than my E60. I love the Audi interiors and technology, and think that the F10 vs. A6 comparison totally comes down to personal taste and which factors you give weight to over other factors. The drives are not identical and if you spend enough time in each you'll have a preference.
     
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    I have a 135i and a 330ci. The 135i is the one that's more enjoyable to daily drive and closer to the 911 performance. The e46 is just too big a step down to make me wish I was driving the Porsche, which is why I made that comment. In a couple of years I might consolidate both to an M3 or something, but I am still undecided on that.

    I realize neither of those cars meet your size or AWD needs. If you didn't need AWD, BMW M-cars are a no brainer IMO. why not get an SUV with great driving dynamics like the X5 or Cayenne?
     
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    The high center of gravity of an SUV totally changes driving dynamics for me. They might be great driving SUV's, but they aren't cars.
     
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    How do you like the 135i?

    I'v certainly considered the Cayenne S or the X5. I'm tired of driving a truck. Drove a 1991 Land Cruiser for 15 years and then got the F150.
    AWD is a must as there are times I have to get to the hospital and it might be totally crappy weather.

    I hate the way the 550GT looks... Hate it.
    I have yet to drive any of them and I realize it will be my experiences driving tempered with what I want in the car that leads to my decision.
    I'm favorably impressed with both BMW and Audi. Mercedes not so much.
    If BMW made the M5 AWD, I'd be buying one sight unseen.

    As to the Panamera 4S being more expensive, I'm not really weighing the cost factor.
     
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    The 135i is an awesome little car. One of the best performance bargains out there, and maybe the best performance european car bargain. And I haven't even modded it yet. But it's a small car, and too much like the 911 in terms of function/limitations. So I am thinking I need more of a sedan/touring car. I live in FL though, so I dont need the AWD. Actually, I'm very curious to see what you do end up getting because I see myself in the same boat as you within the next year or two (minus the AWD of course)
     
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    Just wanted to answer a few of the other questions, other than the A7. My friends mother recently got the A6 so we gave it a spin a few times when she was not around. It's pretty quick but not a rocket. I think it is much nicer than the 525i, I personally love the simplicity of the A6, none of that iDrive bullshit system. You mught want to wait for the S6, or you might want to wait longer for the RS6. Interior is very nice, it depends on package obviously, top of the line is comparable to Mercedes and BMW, although you can't compare it to a S550 or a 7-Series.

    All in All it was not an exciting car to drive. It was a good car very stable and meant for an executive who's boss drove the A8 so he drives the A6...Or for an executive's wife. Personally I would go for the A7. It will turn heads and is much more likely to feel newer longer. Don't get me wrong A6, nice stable sedan, pretty quick 0-60 in 5.5, but the A7 looks like its similar in speed, and shares a similar interior and tech package as the A8.
     

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