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Old 12th March 2009, 21:16   #1
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Im contemplating on buying either the 325i or the c230 Avantgarde.
Performance on the road is the only criteria. Finance options, Service deals, package options etc. aren't going to influence. I'm not considering any other models or brands. It's a throw up between these two.
Hope you enthusiasts can help.
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Old 12th March 2009, 23:54   #2
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Between the two, the BMW 325i is a much more fun car to drive with better performance.

If you can stretch your budget, also check out the Audi A4 - 3.2 FSI.
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since you can stretch to the c230 check out the a4 3.2fsi. its just a few lacs more and none of the others come close. why not also check the a4 3.0tdi. a 240bhp diesel will be crazy.
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Of course the 325i! I drove the C230 last month and it was a big YAWN (relatively speaking); not an enthusiasts machine from any angle. Plus, you get 5 year BSI coverage (and resultant peace of the mind) with the BMW.

As Akshay posted, you might want to check out the A4 3.2. It blows the BMWs and Mercs away.
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Performance wise both are pretty equally matched, but as far as the fun factor is concerned, there's no matching the bimmer.
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This is a no brainer. You have answered your question yourself when you mentioned the word Performance. The 325i is total driver's car here and very exciting to drive. The C on the other hand is quite boring. Go for the BMW and take their Secure package. Its a great deal.

And if you want to confuse yourself further, head over to the Audi to get a feel of the 3.2 FSI A4
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To summarize all the three cars

BMW is a driver oriented car.
Merc is chauffeured driven car, people who choose the rear seat comfort and not pleasure to drive.
Audi is both Bemeer+Merc together is Audi.

Hope this will be easy to understand the rest depends on vit-M.
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To summarize all the three cars

BMW is a driver oriented car.
Merc is chauffeured driven car, people who choose the rear seat comfort and not pleasure to drive.
Audi is both Bemeer+Merc together is Audi.

Hope this will be easy to understand the rest depends on vit-M.
Totally agreed.


Mostly chauffeured driving: it has to be C.

Mostly self driving: it has to be 3.

but the feeling of a STAR on the bonnet van not be matched by any divided grilled car.

If available go for the discounted E (for the price almost same as C / 3) and shut the competition.
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You are from Guntur, a region which is semi urban. Nearest established service network I guess will be Hyderabad.
I would recommend go for the C-CDI. You said "perfomance on the road" Is this dynamic perfomance or ride comfort? where will you go around with run flats? Have the roads around improved? In your region, the star will also give you a better feeling!
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The run flats can be changed! Close your eyes and go in for the 325I if your biased against the 3.2fsi quattro. It's a no brainer here.

Try this... as preference:_

1. A4 3.2 fsi
2. 325 i
3. C230
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You are from Guntur, a region which is semi urban. Nearest established service network I guess will be Hyderabad.
I would recommend go for the C-CDI. You said "perfomance on the road" Is this dynamic perfomance or ride comfort? where will you go around with run flats? Have the roads around improved? In your region, the star will also give you a better feeling!
The roads have improved leaps and bounds compared when I first held the steering wheel 20yrs ago! Guntur happens to be situated on the Golden Quadrilateral and the road to Madras has to be one of the finest in the country right now. Not considering diesel.
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325i.
I have driven both and feel 325i has better road command.Also extended warranty make it a no brainer.
One more thing. I would recommend the 320D.I drove the 320D and 325i and the initial pick up in 320D is much better. 325i rules when u have to go above 160.Also FE of 320D is much better at 14km/L as opposed to 5km/L of 325i.
Trust me the diesel 4 cylinder is as powerful as the 6cylinder petrol.In the end TD both to ensure what I am saying.
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i see you already have a skoda octavia vRS, so pickup something which will offer considerable performance gain. If you compare the pickup of 325i & vRS they might be quicker or slower by .5 secs approx. Whereas a car like Audi A4 3.2 FSI will make world of difference. Also its not as common as BMW or Merc on roads.
So my preference would be:
1. Audi A4 3.2 FSI
2. BMW 325i
3. Merc
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I think that's pretty much the Majority opinion!
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325i For - Steering feedback, Handling, Engine, Power, Run flat tires, Features & its a BMW
Not For - Steering too hard at low speeds, Harsh ride.

C230 - Not the right person, Sorry.
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