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Old 27th January 2010, 12:59   #1
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Question BMW 3 series (corp edition) or Laura L&K?

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My family is planning to buy a new sedan for my Father... Earlier he had a Honda accord. Now the plan is to buy a BMW 3 series corporate edition (On road 26 lacs) or a Skoda Laura l&K (On road 19 lacs) in Navi Mumbai. Now here's our dilemma. Our budget for down payment is 15lacs and rest on loan. If we go for the bmw the loan would be 10 lacs & above and with the Laura it would be around 4 lacs.

Is it worth to take an additional loan in order to buy the BMW or the Laura is a better option

Please share your views as it would help us to decide which car to purchase.

Thanks again.... awaiting your responses

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Old 27th January 2010, 13:03   #2
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Strange comparision. And on an even stranger factor !
You are thinking on the choice of car which costs 20L or upwards, and on the loan factor ! That, after owning an Accord ?

If budget permits, go for the BMW by all means.
That would be an upgrade from the Accord. (The Superb is on level with the Accord, almost. Laura is a step down.)

Again, if it is for 'self drive', and has to be a true performance and loaded car & at a competitive price, Laura is excellent at that aspect.

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Old 27th January 2010, 13:15   #3
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It certainly is a strange comparision. Why get the Laura L&K when you can get the Superb 1.8TSi around the same price.
Comparising the Superb to the 3 series would make more sense. In this case, get the BMW if you want the snob value and drive yourself. On everything else the Superb wins- much much more features, a loooooooot more space (especially at the back), quicker than the 3 series if you get the 1.8 TSi.
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Old 27th January 2010, 13:19   #4
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Space is at a premium in both cars. especially after the accord you had. If you father likes to drive then bmw. snob value then bmw. upgrade point of view bmw. I cant think of a reason why you would pick up a laura over a bmw unless the loan factor is the only deciding factor. but if it is..then why even consider the bmw. you could look at the new superb. cheaper then the bmw. spacious as hell and loaded.
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No point getting the L&K Laura. Get the Superb instead ! Very good VFM.

I do not know much about the corp variant of the 3 series Beemer. Does it come completely stripped down ?
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Thanks Guys for the inputs... also another factor here is that we want a diesel engine in the car.... so the superb diesel was considered but it goes upto 24-25 lacs....
The BMW 3 series corp edition doesnt have idrive, sunroof, leatherseats , electronic seats and HID (xenons) reast all are same.
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Old 27th January 2010, 13:45   #7
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Any reason, you missed the Jetta TDi or Passat TDi or the Sonata Embera Transform?

Pick the Sonata Embera Transform to be driven around else the 320D to drive...

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Are there any more reasons? just kidding.

BMW for the sheer enjoyment. You wont miss any of the features rest you are into snob value and want bragging rights. What say?
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Old 27th January 2010, 13:50   #9
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Note from Mod : Please avoid typing with excessive dots..........like..........this............Thanks

We did consider the Jetta and the passat, however the looks were not that appealing and the price just dint feel right for the Jetta....

Not intrested in Hyundai at the moment.....

We plan to drive the car... no chauffer for sure...

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Any reason, you missed the Jetta TDi or Passat TDi or the Sonata Embera Transform?

Pick the Sonata Embera Transform to be driven around else the 320D to drive...
i couldnt agree with you more.. a beemer is a beemer after all....

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Are there any more reasons? just kidding.

BMW for the sheer enjoyment. You wont miss any of the features rest you are into snob value and want bragging rights. What say?

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A neighbour of mine replaced last gen Accord (black) with Superb (white). Funny because I thought Honda customers never touch Skoda :-) He also has E-class, Innova, etc. so he was not looking for a badge but a replacement for the Accord.

Laura/3 series is not a good replacement for Accord considering the backseat comfort. I have the older Laura L&K, while it's a good car but far from the BMW leauge. Superb is VFM if badge is not important.

PS: I take loan only for assets that appreciate (home, education, etc.) - the rest I earn and buy. But this just a post - do what makes your family happy! :-)
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Though you want a diesel, I feel the Superb Petrol is best suited for you. Skoda Superb would be a kind off upgrade on the previous vehicle - cost similar to the laura TDI and significantly lower than the BMW - has much more space than the BMW and is close on features as well at a lesser price - fuel effeciency is all that you loose and that might at most cost you about 1-1.5L more a year if you drive in excess of 25-30K kms a year.

Since the excess cost would not be upfront compared to the extra that you pay for the Superb or BMW diesel - it would be better deal considering cost of money - interest etc.

The maintenance cost of superb though high would be overall lesser than that of the Superb.

The Laura is a diesel but it is somehow a size smaller than what you already had. So thats not recommended unless the objective is to drive the car rather than be seated in the rear seat.
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I think the Superb Petrol advice is on the money. The 6-7 lakh difference will itself cover for the diesel economy.
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If Badge Value is of primary importance then most Definitely BMW

If genuine Value proposition / bang for the buck is of greater importance, then buy the Skoda Superb top end - you will get everything and more that you normally get only in the really premium executive sedans.

If you've already got BMW and Superb in your consideration set, then why bother with the Laura L&K at all?

Instead, consider the VW Passat and other such vehicles.
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Thanks guys for your advise, we have booked the BMW based on the inputs received. Really appreciate your time on this.
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