Getting back to the original discussion, I am not happy that VW lied about some suspicious mapping software but all manufacturers look to bend and push the rules at every opportunity, look at BMW's or any other manufacturer and try and replicate their stated power outputs and or economy figures, rarely do they ever match up in the real world. Its always happened in the motor manufacturers world.
I don't like it and wish it would change but for now I will use this information to batter the dealers into submitting to better deals. As I have said I am in the market for a car in mid size exec Merc is not on my list because I just don't like their C class styling but Audi, BMW are with Jaguar and Alpha as outsiders. The whole point about the thread here is whether the A4 is the new class leader, it would seem that early indicators say yes, I will look at all aspects of the shortlisted cars capabilities, including brand image but ultimately as I suspect will be the same for most buyers in the category, this emissions issue will have very little impact on buying habits.I have owned 3 Audis and 1 BMW both marques have their merits and issues but the recent decisions to lean towards Audi have been based on the reliability and quality of the ones I have owned, which for the most part has been exemplary. I don't spend my time in cars exploring the limits of Quattro or Rear wheel drift, I drive everyday in everyday conditions up and down the UK, so generally good road manners, Good engines (3.0TDI is an excellent example) and well designed interiors play a larger role in my buying considerations. I don't want a manual; I used too, but having driven a few, I prefer well sorted, intelligent Automatics particularly with powerful TDI engines, but I appreciate you do don't.
Brand image is interesting depending on your perspective, mine was further challenged by recent experience of a lease BMW that I had for a couple of weeks. It was a nice car with M sport wheels etc. What was noticeable is the lack of courtesy I received at junctions etc. where I was rarely let out and on the motorways when using the fast lanes, other drivers seemed to assume I was trying to intimidate them or wanted a race. It was very noticeable once I became aware of it. It was pointed out by a passenger originally. I don't think I would want that from my new purchase but I haven't written them off yet.
I hope you continue to enjoy your Bavarian offering but you'd be missing out if you didn't open your mind to the distinct possibility that there are equally good cars out there and some may even be better.
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