Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Luxury, Imports & Niche


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18th August 2008, 14:48   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 101
Thanked: 178 Times
Default Bmw 520d or Audi A6 or Volvo S80-EDIT- Bought 530D highline

heya guys,
kaustubh here.
well, its time to buy a new car to avail the benefits of depreciation. We wanted to buy a luxury sedan. I'd short listed three cars.
1. BMW 520d
2. Audi A6
3. Volvo S80

Actually, first i wanted to go for an SUV, even test drove the q7. Though i didn't find it practical to buy a 5mil+ SUV. Hence i convinced my dad to buy a good sedan.
Current cars with me are (according to purchase)
Skoda Octavia vRs, Hyundai sonata Embera, MercedesBenz C class, and recently purchased Honda accord. I didn't include the E class coz we already have a three ponted star in our family.
Today while travelling, i came across the Volvo. I liked its road presence. It was a V8 though. Still i felt like this car is made for a class n not for the mass.

I would appreciate any input you guys give which will further help me in buying a good car. Awaiting your replies.
Thanking you in Anticipation.
Kaustubh
kau_therock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 15:50   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
jkdas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Thiruvananthapu
Posts: 9,661
Thanked: 1,389 Times
Default

"Read " that Volvo quality and gizmos are not on par with rival standards.
jkdas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 16:07   #3
Team-BHP Support
 
.anshuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Good-Gaon
Posts: 7,714
Thanked: 9,033 Times
Default

Go in for 5 if you love to drive otherwise its audi for you.

I find Volvo to be very Boring.
.anshuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 16:37   #4
BHPian
 
R.P.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 179
Thanked: 7 Times
Default

shut your eyes and get the 520d, the volvo is too boring and the audi is due for a facelift soon.
R.P.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 16:43   #5
BHPian
 
punterccrx8s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 717
Thanked: 37 Times
Default

I say if you can wait for the facelift on the A6.They saw its going to have theat string of l.e.ds like the R8 and the new A4.
punterccrx8s is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 17:14   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,203
Thanked: 2,096 Times
Default

520d is your best option. Although the 530d would be an icing on the cake provided your budget permits and you are really really power hungry.
A6 is a great car but due for a face lift so no point buying one now.(Unless you get a huge discount)
Volvo - Booooooringgg IMO. Moreover it doesn't have really match up to the competition either, i almost deem it as a flop.

Last edited by Sahil : 18th August 2008 at 17:16.
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 20:40   #7
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,894
Thanked: 9,748 Times
Default

Is your Vrs silver ? We saw it when we were bring the JBL twins to Bangalore during one of our adventures
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 22:18   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
danlalan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: mumbai,JUHU
Posts: 1,597
Thanked: 133 Times
Default

The s80 may look boring but it has more road presence than the 5series. And if your looking at comfort and Safety. Look nowhere other that the volvo.
Bmw has a much more stiffer ride due to those runflats.

Id say go for volvo.
danlalan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th August 2008, 01:00   #9
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,203
Thanked: 2,096 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by danlalan View Post
The s80 may look boring but it has more road presence than the 5series.
Thats a first !

Btw isn't that statment contridictory?
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th August 2008, 09:44   #10
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 101
Thanked: 178 Times
Default

thnx for the replies guys. btw the volvo has arranged me a test drive here in pune. will TD it as well as the 520d. as far as the A6 is concerned, actually i didn't like its looks. (actually i was comparing it with the A4 )
kau_therock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th August 2008, 13:17   #11
BHPian
 
Insane Devil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 984
Thanked: 161 Times
Default

hey Kau_ Therock!

The 520d is ur best choice, i reckon, And as per ur budget..the Volvo s80 and 520d are similarly priced - at around 41-44lk onroad, 530d at around 50-51 lk onroad, while the Audi A6 is not less than 51lk for 2.7lt and 54-55lk for 3.0lt.

The Audi A6 is good, but then, when u want to pay that amount, then the 530d rocks!, as Sahil said..icing on the cake! I testdrove both the 530d and Audi A6 3.0tdi, and the 530d was much faster. The A6 has a notable turbolag, and after a certain rpm u are getting the boost. otherwise, the Audi A6 is also a nice car, but has dated looks.

The new A6 will not be here before mid next year, and here is the photo gallery of the new A6, not much of a difference i see, just cosmetic upgrades, and still the BMW 5 Series looks knockout!

2009AudiA6
Insane Devil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th September 2008, 18:41   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
Ricky_63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 3,847
Thanked: 377 Times
Default

Ironic as it may sound - on a forum of car crazy bunch of members, the VOLVO has not been rated well. Surprising to say the least. The VOLVO is the numero uno for safety standards worldwide !! Don't we all know that ? The exclusiveity factor goes in it's favour. The road presence is huge. It is a class apart for sure - but that is my opinion.

Even the VOLVO SUV is nice to my mind, but the Sedan sure looks stately.

I think we need to take a serious look at it, and rate it's merits vs the 5 series or the A6. It was on my radar & will remain - BUT I for one cannot afford cars in the price band !!




Cheers
Ricky_63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2008, 00:34   #13
BHPian
 
DocG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Mumbai - Singapore - Cali - Sydney - S.Korea
Posts: 870
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

I have driven the S80 quite a bit, and for many years now. [A close friend owns an S80 and S60 in Singapore]

The Volvo is definately a great car, truely for the person who doesn't care about brand image [As far as India is concerned]...It is extremely comfortable, and the driver's seat is a great place to be in. It might not outhandle a 5 or outaccellerate an A6, but for those who don't care about 0-100 in 8 seconds considering Indian roads and traffic conditions, the S80 should definately be a contender in that segment. Shame that they couldn't build the right image for the brand in India...
DocG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2008, 03:02   #14
Team-BHP Support
 
aah78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: NYC / BOM
Posts: 3,625
Thanked: 1,627 Times
Arrow alternatives.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kau_therock View Post
2. Audi A6
3. Volvo S80
Today while travelling, i came across the Volvo. I liked its road presence. It was a V8 though. Still i felt like this car is made for a class n not for the mass.
I'm going to leave the BMW out of the equation here and recommend the V8's - you choose. I'd take the Audi.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricky_63 View Post
Ironic as it may sound - on a forum of car crazy bunch of members, the VOLVO has not been rated well. Surprising to say the least. The VOLVO is the numero uno for safety standards worldwide !! Don't we all know that ? The exclusiveity factor goes in it's favour.
The Volvo is a good car, no doubts, however, their main selling point for the past so many years has been safety. Now, most new cars have matching safety features, which doesn't leave Volvo too much to boast about.

Also, although Volvo puts up the S80 as a competitor to Audi/BMW/Mercedes, buyers in this premium segment still consider it a bit inferior to the 3 german behemoths.
It can't match up to the driving pleasure pf a BMW, or the image of the 3-pointed star.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DocG View Post
The Volvo is definately a great car, truely for the person who doesn't care about brand image [As far as India is concerned]...It is extremely comfortable, and the driver's seat is a great place to be in. It might not outhandle a 5 or outaccellerate an A6, but for those who don't care about 0-100 in 8 seconds considering Indian roads and traffic conditions, the S80 should definately be a contender in that segment. Shame that they couldn't build the right image for the brand in India...
...or instead of vying for the top-spot, they could do better by putting up the S60 against the Germans, in India.
aah78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2008, 11:21   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
Maverick5490's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Thane
Posts: 1,255
Thanked: 616 Times
Default

@ Kau... the volvo is not all that bad.. in white she looks great.. also in a V8 avtaar, it rocks! i would recommend u test drive her thoroughly, then decide.. it would be a good buy if you dont want to be noticed.. else you have the Beemers!!
Maverick5490 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BMW 520d Initial Ownership Report EDIT: Transmission Breakdown in 520d androdev Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 195 14th December 2017 07:41
Volvo S60, S80 Refresh, New XC90 Coming. Edit: S80 launched at Rs. 41.35 lakh Abhas The Indian Car Scene 4 4th September 2014 11:31
Merc E220 Vs BMW 520d Vs Audi A6? EDIT : Bought White 520D !! manujkansal Luxury, Imports & Niche 117 30th May 2014 16:15
VW Passat or BMW 320d Highline or New Audi A4 - EDIT : Bought BMW 520d Insane Devil Luxury, Imports & Niche 147 5th November 2009 00:59
BMW 520D,530D,530D HIGHLINE Launched undead The Indian Car Scene 66 25th September 2008 18:30


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 17:18.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks