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    BMW or Mercedes Hatchback?

    If you had the money and you could only pick one which one would you pick and why? Both hatchbacks prices are around the same but I can't decide which one to get. I have saved up for 10 years lol... I know I'm poor as ****.

    I like the Mercedes appearance it looks more posh outside and inside and the BMW looks plan? I dunno

    55 Comments

    BMW all the way if looking 1 series size. The merc is way over priced for a hatch back and the beemer drives very well

    Spend all your savings on high class hookers and buy a Fiat.

    If its a class your lookin at be careful some have renault engines

    Audi A3

    which model / specs are you looking at

    Merc all day long. Had 2 bmws and now on a merc. Everything on the BMW is an extra, even fold down seats on the three series were classed as an extra.

    Definitely Mercedes

    If you have the cash, you can't go wrong with either really. We had a 1 series and it was a little beauty, but the A-class looks just as good now. Both solid German cars.

    123batman321

    If its a class your lookin at be careful some have renault engines



    That's just the smaller diesel engines for Mercedes, if you're going for a 2l diesel or petrol you're fine.

    Edited by: "bixbarton" 26th Jan

    I tend to think of mercedes as class and BMW as boy racer type so depends on whether you want to look chic or look cool

    I prefer chic but i have got bored with cars for their looks. Now it is about how practical they are.

    As MrWhiteLabel says, it depends on the model. BMW undoubtedly have the more high end hatchbacks, I think Merc only do the A-class and CLA shooting break and neither are remotely comparable to a 5-series GT.

    If you're talking about the A-class/1-series then neither would be my personal car of choice. I'd be going for a nice DS5 which has far more style inside and out than either of them (if you're looking second hand then be sure to get the facelift version with the new dampers).

    Not had a BMW, but have had two Mercs and wouldn't have another. Believe me there no where near as reliable or well built as they were thirty years ago.

    On my 2nd 1 series. Test drove the 2.0d merc fairly recently and it was very nice. I would say better in the cabin. But it didn't feel so great to drive on the twisty bits and felt less relaxed on the motorway and didn't feel quite so solidly built, so I got another BMW.
    Done nearly 60k between the two cars, very little has gone wrong. Cheap to run,insure and tax.
    Funny old thing, my older one had a smoother gearchange!

    Mercedes every time, wouldnt buy another BMW unless it was x drive as it was useless in bad weather than the Mercedes coped in. Plus BMW charge you extra for almost everything

    The 1 series is a ball ache in the snow, rear wheel drive!

    depends how much you've saved

    EndlessWaves

    As MrWhiteLabel says, it depends on the model. BMW undoubtedly have the … As MrWhiteLabel says, it depends on the model. BMW undoubtedly have the more high end hatchbacks, I think Merc only do the A-class and CLA shooting break and neither are remotely comparable to a 5-series GT.If you're talking about the A-class/1-series then neither would be my personal car of choice. I'd be going for a nice DS5 which has far more style inside and out than either of them (if you're looking second hand then be sure to get the facelift version with the new dampers).



    Not keen on the a class or the 1 series tbh too small but omg that ds5 is one ugly car. Something would have to go horribly wrong to go shopping for a merc or a beamer and end up driving home in a s**troen lol

    Bmw 5 series everyday . For what it's worth my mate delivers for both and says bmw are the better of the 2 and the 5 series estate is class. Depends what model and budget you got I suppose .

    Infinity q30
    Same car as Mercedes GLA but cheaper ?
    Edited by: "mrwhitelabel" 27th Jan

    Also you say you've saved 10years
    New or used?
    How do you intend to fund it /how long do you intend to keep it?

    You may be better pcp financing it and change for a new one in 3/4years time, won't need to wait another 10years then, get to keep part of your cash back and can change it without too much faff if you fancy a change to another brand

    Diminishing satisfaction for money spent applies more to cars than anything.
    Buy used.

    EndlessWaves

    As MrWhiteLabel says, it depends on the model. BMW undoubtedly have the … As MrWhiteLabel says, it depends on the model. BMW undoubtedly have the more high end hatchbacks, I think Merc only do the A-class and CLA shooting break and neither are remotely comparable to a 5-series GT.If you're talking about the A-class/1-series then neither would be my personal car of choice. I'd be going for a nice DS5 which has far more style inside and out than either of them (if you're looking second hand then be sure to get the facelift version with the new dampers).


    Lol

    deborahbarry6

    The 1 series is a great laugh in the snow, rear wheel drive!



    Fixed

    One of the reasons we chose the 1 series over the A class was because of the servicing intervals & costs.

    A Class - something like 12,000 or every year.
    1 series - 18,000 or every 2 years.

    ......and if the the threat of snow worries you on the BMW, get an x-Drive version, simples
    Edited by: "airbus330" 27th Jan

    Mercs don't bother they are crap.
    Bmw 1 series your just buying for badge. They are also crap.
    Now Bmw 3 series they are a different story Totally better car and more fun to drive. Snow winter tyres they make a huge difference.
    Cant comment on Audi never had one.

    Having owned all 3 that is my opinion.

    Dyslexic_Dog

    Not had a BMW, but have had two Mercs and wouldn't have another. Believe … Not had a BMW, but have had two Mercs and wouldn't have another. Believe me there no where near as reliable or well built as they were thirty years ago.



    As you'd expect, given that thirty years ago the cheapest Mercedes was the 190 which cost the equivalent of £40k.

    Spend it on a cheaper car, service plan with some money kept away for consumables/repairs then take the rest of the money and either pay of a chunk of the mortgage or a few good holidays.

    shauneco

    Lol



    I think lol is the only sane response to that suggestion lol

    EndlessWaves

    As you'd expect, given that thirty years ago the cheapest Mercedes was … As you'd expect, given that thirty years ago the cheapest Mercedes was the 190 which cost the equivalent of £40k.



    that was our old family car oO should have kept hold of it!

    123batman321

    I think lol is the only sane response to that suggestion lol



    Tell me, have you actually been in one?

    Whatever floats your boat I suppose. I find the fake carbon fibre in the A-class rather chavvy, to say nothing of the sports pedals on the AMG Line. although I suppose the 00s-style CD player and vent mounted tablet look outdated enough (those bezels!), that that in five years time they'll look nicely retro.

    The 1-series does a fairly plain design well. Industrial proportions but with enough curves and soft materials to make it feel safer, with the red trim for a bit of doominess. Good for 'a driving machine', as BMW puts it, but if you're more interested in having a car that's a nice place to be then it's the wrong vibe.

    Judge for yourself:
    http://parkers.bauercdn.com/PageFiles/155455/Merc_AClass_080413%2844%29.jpg
    http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/gallery/CITROEN-DS5-4589_34.jpg

    Granted the exterior isn't to everyone's taste, especially the blade, but the same could be said of the unusual proportions of the 1-series.

    Caulcano

    One of the reasons we chose the 1 series over the A class was because of … One of the reasons we chose the 1 series over the A class was because of the servicing intervals & costs.A Class - something like 12,000 or every year.1 series - 18,000 or every 2 years.


    That's an oil change every 18000? .. Not sure I would leave any car running on oil that's done 18000 .. For the sake of £50 get it done every 10000 max .






    Caulcano

    One of the reasons we chose the 1 series over the A class was because of … One of the reasons we chose the 1 series over the A class was because of the servicing intervals & costs.A Class - something like 12,000 or every year.1 series - 18,000 or every 2 years.


    You service that 1 series every 2 years or 18000 miles and Your in for a shock especially if its got a turbo.
    Most people would recommend 10000 miles or every year
    Edited by: "VCB-160" 27th Jan

    SENNYO1

    You service that 1 series every 2 years or 18000 miles and Your in for a … You service that 1 series every 2 years or 18000 miles and Your in for a shock especially if its got a turbo.Most people would recommend 10000 miles or every year


    Yeah that's what I thought . It sounds a good marketing idea saying 18000 but leaving the car to click over 18000 then taking it in is bonkers... Esp as you say if you got a turbo . Fully synth and filter is only about £50 to change . 10000 max

    plodging

    Yeah that's what I thought . It sounds a good marketing idea saying 18000 … Yeah that's what I thought . It sounds a good marketing idea saying 18000 but leaving the car to click over 18000 then taking it in is bonkers... Esp as you say if you got a turbo . Fully synth and filter is only about £50 to change . 10000 max


    It has caused quite a stir over on some dedicated BMW websites.

    SENNYO1

    It has caused quite a stir over on some dedicated BMW websites.


    A bit like the mpg they quote 70mpg and the emissions .. Be engines on a test bed in a factory .. Not in real situations . Very misleading .

    EndlessWaves

    Tell me, have you actually been in one?Whatever floats your boat I … Tell me, have you actually been in one?Whatever floats your boat I suppose. I find the fake carbon fibre in the A-class rather chavvy, to say nothing of the sports pedals on the AMG Line. although I suppose the 00s-style CD player and vent mounted tablet look outdated enough (those bezels!), that that in five years time they'll look nicely retro. The 1-series does a fairly plain design well. Industrial proportions but with enough curves and soft materials to make it feel safer, with the red trim for a bit of doominess. Good for 'a driving machine', as BMW puts it, but if you're more interested in having a car that's a nice place to be then it's the wrong vibe.Judge for yourself:Granted the exterior isn't to everyone's taste, especially the blade, but the same could be said of the unusual proportions of the 1-series.


    Granted it looks nice but you can't polish a turd, It's a Citroen and I doubt someone who is in the market for German engineering/reliability is likely to entertain something that's going to be in the garage every other week having some electrics fixed etc.. Probably drives like a 3 wheeled Lada too but with more rattles and bangs.

    EndlessWaves

    Tell me, have you actually been in one?Whatever floats your boat I … Tell me, have you actually been in one?Whatever floats your boat I suppose. I find the fake carbon fibre in the A-class rather chavvy, to say nothing of the sports pedals on the AMG Line. although I suppose the 00s-style CD player and vent mounted tablet look outdated enough (those bezels!), that that in five years time they'll look nicely retro. The 1-series does a fairly plain design well. Industrial proportions but with enough curves and soft materials to make it feel safer, with the red trim for a bit of doominess. Good for 'a driving machine', as BMW puts it, but if you're more interested in having a car that's a nice place to be then it's the wrong vibe.Judge for yourself:Granted the exterior isn't to everyone's taste, especially the blade, but the same could be said of the unusual proportions of the 1-series.



    I havent mate no had ds3 etc in for mot not had any ds5 yet. I personally dislike the a class and im not a fan of the 1 series either far too small.

    Put it this way i make my living out of repairing cars For this reason i absolutely love french cars they make me money.

    Having said that if you lease a car french or ford pound for pound is probably ur best option as youll not be paying for repairs and you can get very good deals

    Buying one out of warranty forget it theyre cheap to start with for a reason

    plodging

    Yeah that's what I thought . It sounds a good marketing idea saying 18000 … Yeah that's what I thought . It sounds a good marketing idea saying 18000 but leaving the car to click over 18000 then taking it in is bonkers... Esp as you say if you got a turbo . Fully synth and filter is only about £50 to change . 10000 max



    Reason for this is to make it attractive to people leasing. Look at the new transit for example 20k is its first service. Say you have a fleet of 50 vans in your business the difference between servicing every 10k or 20k is thousands of pounds. I pity anyone owning the current transit in 8 years engine wont be in good shape. I include vw audi etc in this theyre all at it

    Not worth spending 10 years of savings on a car.
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