After reading the excellent threads and discussions on pre-owned cars, Iíve gotten the itch since our second car, a manual compact sedan, is being put on the block soon. My current daily drive is a 2018 Vento TSI 1.2 which Iím very happy with and intend to retain for a few more years.
Iím looking at cars that are under 5 years (most of the cars Iíll name below also happened to receive facelifts around that time) and preferably around 30-35k km or less. I intend to retain the car for atleast 4 years (considering the cars Iím looking at are mostly 4- 5 years old already).
I must admit Iím not a super performance enthusiast and donít drive my cars super hard and dive into corners etc. but do appreciate an engaging drive. For instance, I definitely enjoy my Vento 1.2 DSG far more than say, a Honda City CVT. Would also like to do more road trips going forward so a car thatís balanced in performance within city and for the occasional extended weekend trip would be ideal. Badge value would be good to have but not super critical and definitely not at the expense of practicality.
My initial shortlist comprised of the MK3.5 Skoda Octavia TDI, Hyundai Tucson Gen 3/ facelift (around 18 L plus/ minus a few). I happened to see a couple of A3 TDIs that are quoted at 22/23 but can likely get around 18/20 (which I loved to drive and felt very adequate for my predominantly city drives but of course the rather right rear seat is a small concern as Iím occasionally chauffeur driven) or when driving with friends/ cousins etc). Happened to see a couple of Tiguans as well but of course theyíre quoted higher, around 27 or higher for low run ones and quite liked them. Happened to see a Karoq and loved it but theyíre so rare and still relatively new since people have likely not driven much in the pandemic; this one got snapped up before I could think twice about it.
So thatís the background. However, just looking at listings I started to find few low run 2016/17 BMW 320d LCI F30s listed at in the mid to high 20s. Similarly, a couple of 2017 Audi A4 35 TDIs listed in the high 20s. I saw a couple of Q3s as well but seem to be pretty high priced and somehow although I love the exterior form, the interior just seems quite outdated.
This got me thinking; would I Ďoutgrowí my earlier more modest Octavia/ Tucson choices after say 2-3 years? Would I want to upgrade to a pre-owned BMW/Audi at that point and then find that I havenít really derived enough value from my recently acquired Octy/ Tucson?
We have had a beautiful E90 320d in the family earlier and currently have a 4 year old X1 which is my dadís daily car, he lives a short while away and I occasionally drive it on weekends, etc.
Iím debating with myself whether or not I should stretch myself to the mid 20s and try to get a 3 series F30 LCI or an A4. I know from past experience the 3 series are great fun to drive and quite reliable too. The 2017 onwards A4s are not just elegant on the outside but also feel plush inside.
Would love to hear thoughts from youíll about making a choice between the F30 LCI 320d and the 2017 A4 TDI? What factors would you consider whilst comparing them, especially when buying pre-owned?
Also whatís a fair price you think for either of these, 2017, 30k km first owner cars considering the crazy market right now? If anything I find that these cars are more decently discounted from their original prices rather than many others including used Tucsons and Octys which are bizarrely priced!
I found this thread whilst browsing the forum which offers some thoughts but itís a 2012-16 thread and buying them new. https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/luxur...s-audi-a4.html (BMW 320d (F30) vs Audi A4)