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Audi 51 9.92%
BMW 266 51.75%
Jaguar 15 2.92%
Land Rover / Range Rover 59 11.48%
Lexus 65 12.65%
Mercedes-Benz 147 28.60%
Mini 18 3.50%
Porsche 124 24.12%
Volvo 66 12.84%
Other (please specify in your post) 12 2.33%
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Old 23rd January 2023, 10:56   #1
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Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Audi vs BMW vs Mercedes vs others



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General Pros: Luxury status & instant recognition, drop-dead gorgeous exterior styling - Mercedes is at the top of its design game, extremely wide model range, nice engines & gearboxes, 6-cylinder diesel available, interior & suspension tune are usually on the comfortable side, impressive cabin designs, LWB E-Class is perfect for the chauffeur-driven, special attainable models like the C300d + A35 + A45, loads of AMG models on sale in India, Maybach trims for those who want more luxury, widest dealer & service network in India, new electric car range is convincing (EQS is top-class)

General Cons: Not as much fun to drive as the equivalent BMWs, outright reliability isn't as good as the BMWs, a few mediocre engines (the 1.3L & 1.5L turbo-petrols have no place in a luxury car), no bigger & powerful petrols (even in C-Class & E-Class), some of their cars don't get dedicated spare wheel wells thus killing boot space, air suspensions are prone to failure, discounts reduced since Mercedes HQ took over pricing, prices have really shot up on all their models

BMW


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General Pros: The most fun-to-drive luxury brand, enthusiast-tuned engines, fast gearboxes, great suspension balance between ride & handling, surprisingly top-class reliability, big 3.0L 6-cylinder diesel available, electric power steerings are well-tuned, special cars like the M340i & 530d, fair range of ///M models in India, cabins usually boast low NVH levels & very supportive seats, majority of BMW owners are satisfied with the after-sales service quality

General Cons: Ugly & obnoxious radiator-grille design on new launches, regular wheelbase 3-Series discontinued (was the default enthusiast's choice), prices have really gone up in the last 2 years, some models miss features like keyless entry + 360 degree cam + front ventilated seats, BSI packs have become very pricey, the worst 80 / 120 kmph speed warnings in the luxury car segment, brand remains stubborn with runflat tyres which have their own cons, poor boot space with no dedicated spare wheel well (some models), lower SUVs don't get powerful engine options (new X1 has 1.5L motor, X3 doesn't get 3.0L engines)

Audi


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General Pros: Timeless & classy styling, lovely interiors, lots of discounts , fast & smooth dual-clutch ATs, neutral suspension balance between ride & handling, AWD (on some models), very competent crossover & SUV range (they are usually all-rounders)

General Cons: No diesels since BS6, lots of FWD cars in RWD segments, less engine options even among petrols (e.g. no more powerful petrols), not the most exciting to drive, electric power steerings are "comfort" tuned, a few models have lower-priced VW & Skoda equivalents

Jaguar Land Rover


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General Pros: Unbeatable styling & presence, sheer brand panache, exceptional offroad capability & technology, plush cabins, Range Rovers are usually satisfying to drive, Jaguars have sorted dynamics, exclusivity (not as common as the luxury Germans)

General Cons: Many overpriced cars in the JLR range, Jaguar's model range is tiny + outdated + irrelevant, smaller dealer network, many customer complaints about the after-sales service quality & long vehicle downtimes, some models suffer from terrible reliability, a few powertrains are not perfectly tuned (e.g. ZF in the XE)

Then of course, there are other luxury brands in India such as Volvo, Lexus, Porsche, Mini & more. Which is your preferred luxury car brand & why?

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My first choice is BMW because of the best engine & gearbox combinations, pleasurable-to-drive nature & excellent reliability. My sole deal-breaker with the new BMWs is that ugly design direction with the weird radiator grilles at the front. Would find ways to fix it in the after-market (e.g. buy a black car and make the grille all black). That being said, all the BMWs I currently love (3, 5, M340i, X5) have grilles that haven't gotten obnoxious. Yet.

A very close second is Mercedes for the brand allure, styling, much improved engine & gearbox tuning and acceptable reliability.

Honestly though, I'd buy based on "car" rather than "brand". I don't blindly go for brands. E.g.

- Between the 3-Series (M340i) and C300d, I'd buy based on low or high running.

- Between the 5-Series & E-Class, I'd buy the 5-Series.

- Between the 7-Series & S-Class, I'd buy the S-Class.

- Between the X7 & GLS, I'd buy the GLS.

- EV, I'd go for the EQS. It blows any BMW EV out of the water.

- And so on. Cars from other brands that are my top choices include the A8 (Audi), Macan & Cayenne (Porsche) and Range Rover flagship (despite the reliability). For a variety of reasons, no current car from Volvo would make it to my garage, although I do respect how the brand has evolved. Ditto for Lexus, good cars, but not my type.

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Old 23rd January 2023, 11:36   #3
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

As GTO has pointed out, I'd choose on the basis of the 'car' and not just the 'brand'. However, if someone puts a gun to my head and asks me to name only 1 luxury brand, I'd say, 'Mercedes'. It is difficult to ignore the allure that the 3 pointed star has in India. Similarly, it is difficult to imagine going for a Lexus or a Volvo in India since the brand recognition is lacking vis-a-vis the Germans.

Voted for Mercedes-Benz.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Everything depends on the use case!

Want brand value/snob value (the I’ve arrived status), fancy interiors and rear-seat comfort for those who are chauffeured: Mercedes-Benz

Want top quality interiors, a very comfortable ride and discounts vis-a-vis competition: Audi

Want driving pleasure irrespective of whether it is a Petrol/Diesel: BMW and Porsche (one/two levels above BMW)

Want proper SUVs that even though are monocoque offer supreme solidity and off-road capabilities: Land Rover

Want something unique, safety (14 airbags in the LS, 9 airbags as standard in other models), comfort, reliability and hybrid powertrains: Lexus

Want a very impressive safety suite, decent reliability and quality interiors: Volvo (the XC40 simply punches above its weight with a very high quality interior that none of the Germans can match in the same segment!)

My personal vote goes to “Sheer Driving Pleasure” (BMW) for their potent engines mated brilliantly with the 8ZF torque converter. The X5 40i, M340i and 530d are some of my favourites. Porsche deserves the top spot if Driving Pleasure is the preference but even a Macan 2.0L 4cyl costs over 1Cr (simply out-of-reach pricing) and is equivalent in space to the X3, GLC and Q5. Of course my dream car is none other than the Porsche 911!

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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

As a family centric buyer, my first choice would be Mercedes Benz. High on ergonomics, prestige and universal appeal. MB India products feel a step lesser than global variants. Only beige interiors with super boring alloys and less equipment. However, their after sales experience is top tier - highly systems and process driven with courteous staff.

As a value conscious driving enthusiast with family needs, I would go for BMW. Product offering of BMW India are very good - always giving a great choice of performance, colours, looks (alloys and mkits etc). In all likelihood, BMW would be my first luxury car. When it comes to cars, I tend to put my interests slightly above those of my passengers.

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When it comes to other brands, it would be car specific preference and the finances involved.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Very early days for me when it comes to owning and then rating a luxe category car's virtues.

Enjoying the Audi A4 company for some time now and thus voted for the brand whole-heartedly
The Audi ownership decision came on the back of some filtering of requirements done during the initial research days and then weeding out other brands. For me, Audi trumped with its all-rounder status: be it family-oriented comfort + luxury appeal + snob value + great 2.0 turbo engine & gearbox (DSG) combination + fine ergonomics. Finally, was completely at home in the A4 with my own style of driving (more of cruising rather than careening).

The Bimmers are probably good in all the above except for (back-seat) comfort, and would be my second choice.

Not here in the list, but I would also put my money on the fabulous Camry. It is as good a luxury car as any of the cars mentioned in the poll, maybe even better than some.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Why is the Jeep Wrangler not there I wonder. In India at least it is a luxury marque just as Mini too, is.
Anyway for me its a few things;

1. Utility
2..Driving pleasure
3. Safety
4. Comfort of passengers
5. Design and Aesthetics

I tend to go with the ‘horses for courses’ philosophy.
And I consider that both ‘prestige’ and ‘luxury’ have become democratised and accessible now to anyone because of easy credit.

My preferred marques therefore, in no particular order, are Mercedes, Mini, Porsche, Land Rover and Jeep Wrangler and/ or a combination thereof.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

For me, it’s a close fight between BMW & Mercedes. The brand-allure is kind of even between these two. I really like the new-age Mercedes models, but my personal preference would be a M340i as a daily driver (if I am living in India).
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Audi - nice cars that are always within reach, almost.
BMW - still makes pedigree cars (except the new X1).
Volvo - love their designs, in and out!

Mercedes - just couldn't get myself to like it ever. No real reason though.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

I’m a 90s kid. Which means, luxury car = Mercedes. End of discussion. I still remember the first time I saw a W124 E Class. I must have been 5-6 years old. That was it. It was everything a car could possibly be. I was instantly smitten, and continue to be almost 3 decades later. Even today, nothing says that you have arrived quite like the S Class.

Now brand preference is one thing. Actually shopping for a car is something entirely different. In that scenario, the product will have to fight on merit. This is where modern day BMWs seem to have an edge. Better powertrains, better ride and handling balance, better practicality (spare wheel) and cheaper asking prices. And they are generally more reliable too.

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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

From the current crop of cars, my pick would be the Genesis brand. Drop - dead gorgeous looks and pizzaz matching that of a Bentley. It is a very young brand and has much to prove and improve, but man does it grabs eyeballs like anything! Please bring this to India Hyundai.

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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Voted for BMW and Range Rover/Land Rover.
Reason :- When I comes to sedans and convertibles or sports cars, my pick will be from BMW’s lineup. For SUVs, Range Rover/Land Rovers will be my pick.
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My favourite luxury brand is Infiniti. I don't know why it is missed out in the list. It has plenty of features and value for money.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

Voted for bmw among the known luxury brands as it's very reliable but has very high service costs during paid service.They change the wipers/sensors compulsorily for example during yearly paid service. Unnecessary charges in my opinion with extra high labour costs to boot. No wonder people change to fng once warranty period or ASC period runs it course.And these cars run fine due to their reliability with routine outside service. Mileage of diesel X1(pre-2023 model) is good as well.

Voted for Lexus among the unknown luxury brands as nothing beats this Jap when it comes to reliability/durability/after sales service and cost of ownership. I know owners who have no complaints with Lexus that have German cars in their garage.
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Re: Your preferred luxury car brands in India | Audi vs BMW vs JLR vs Mercedes vs Volvo & others

For me 'Luxury' is Mercedes, inside out. If luxury is what I want, I would pick a Mercedes (all segments) any day. However when you mix in performance, driving pleasure, comfort, equipment, practicality etc. my choice would be different.

By the way I love Jaguar purely for the looks.
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