Thinking about getting rid of the A3 1.8T Sport and getting a company car.. it's not that the A3 is a bad car.. it's not.. it's been perfectly reliable and has sailed through it's MOT's and wanted for nothing more than a battery in the time I've had it... (plus I stuck some decent rubber on it for the bad winters we've had a couple of years ago Bridgestone All Weather A001's - a very good tyre by all accounts! ) - it's just a little dull and boring and a couple of cars keep catching my eye.
Not bothered about depreciation or cost to run etc as all of these will be covered - I'll only need to stick fuel in it.. and the only other stipulation is that it needs to be 5 doors (for ease of getting the wee man in and out the back).
I had initially narrowed down my choices to 4 cars (1 hybrid and 3 diesels):
- Lexus CT200h
- Audi A3
- Mercedes-Benz A Class
- BMW 1 Series (F20)
After looking at the Lexus in the flesh and reading some reports about it not being as economical as stated etc then I pretty much discounted it - it's one of the few cars that probably look better in picture and the only way I'd take one now is if Kylie came stuffed in the boot!!.. that aside the model I was looking at was the Advance (which for a £25k car didn't even have real leather - it was some plasticky, fake, tree hugging crap as it was 40% kinder to the environment!! LOL!). Another thing that annoyed me about the Advance model was the dash screen was solely used for integrated TomTom - not like idrive etc.. what a waste of a screen.. (the reverse camera display was in the mirror).
I then went to my local Audi dealers and had a test drive of the new A3.. it was fine and functional - but very similar to my current car (when you strip away the nicer and more modern look and feel to the cabin). Although an improvement on my current car - I didn't feel the *wow* factor either in terms of aesthetics or drive...
This then brings me to my current dilemma! - I'm pretty much set that my next car will either be a new BMW 1 Series (F20) or the new 2012 Mercedes A Class.. in terms of spec - I'm looking at either the 116d M Sport or the A180 Sport CDI... finding it a lot harder to decide than what I was expecting, so thought I'd ask on here. Chances are there will be someone on here with knowledge/experience of at least one or both - so opinions welcome??
Also any first hand experience or owners input on the 116d M Sport would be great!
EDIT: meant to ask if it was worth getting the M Sport over the Sport? - not sure what additional equipment you get other than the bodykit??...