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spec me - comfort + economy

Discussion in 'Motors' started by MMD, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. MMD


    Joined: May 22, 2003

    Posts: 381

    Turning to the collective wisdom that is OCUK to see if you can persuade me which direction I should turn in..

    Currently drive a Toyota Celica T-Sport. Whilst the economy is good for a 190bhp car (35mpg), it is really noisy on the road.

    I now travel a lot for work (not every day, but long journeys when I do), so I am now on the look out for something more comfortable with better economy.

    Absolute musts;
    • Budget = £11
    • Quiet at motorway speeds - I loved my old BMW E46 petrol because I turned up to work/meetings refreshed and could also talk on the phone without raising my voice. This is the benchmark for quietness, but would prefer better as I know its possible
    • 40+ mpg (petrol) / 50+ mpg (diesel)
    • Climate control
    • Comfortable - decent interior
    • Hatchback or compact style if possible, I don't have wife/kids/dogs to transport around and I don't play golf - so space is not important

    Cars I don't want;
    • Civic = noisy
    • Focus = bland interior

    Currently I am swaying towards an Audi A3 1.4 T FSI - ticks all of the boxes above. Is there anything else I should be looking at?

    Also thought about the Toyota Auris diesel - but have heard they are noisy at any speed.

    Any pointers much appreciated :)
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012
  2. JaWalks


    Joined: Dec 19, 2011

    Posts: 414

    I think you will struggle with that budget.
  3. MissChief


    Joined: Jul 17, 2010

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    Not sure you will get what you're after for that price.
  4. Bennie-Mac


    Joined: Sep 10, 2008

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    Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland

    Golf? Same engine as the A3 but you will be able to get a better spec/younger model for the same budget.

    If its comfort you're after though my personal opinion is get a saloon. Hatchbacks aren't what I would describe as overly pleasant.
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  5. Matt82


    Joined: Mar 13, 2004

    Posts: 16,548

    Remember bburago? Mine were always very quiet
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  6. rodenal


    Joined: Dec 7, 2011

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    The 1.4 tfsi in 120 form is a nice enough little engine tbh - not sure you'll find an A3 quieter than an e46 though, i've certainly never thought the A3 or Golf were especially quiet inside (though they're hardly rough and ready). Any reason for avoiding an A4 sized car? They're hardly any bigger than the A3 inside but a little more refined

    Oh and I thought about making an £11 joke, but it's too early :p
  7. godinman


    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 7,695

    Wont hatchbacks be noisier in general than saloons? I'd got for A4+ or a 3/5series.
  8. [TW]Fox

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    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

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    Buying a larger car isn't something you only for space. A larger car also gives you better comfort and less noise - they tend to be more refined. I do not play golf either nor do I transport anything around that I couldn't fit in an Audi A1 but I still value the additional refinement and comfort you get from larger cars.
  9. peterattheboro


    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

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    Location: Middlesbrough

    How about a Mini? A bit under budget and I also think you might struggle to fit into it.

  10. wez130


    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

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    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Fox is right, you're more likely to get more comfort and refinement from a larger car, but you'll struggle for £11.
  11. ajstan

    Wise Guy

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  12. Gaygle


    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

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    Location: East of England

    An BMW E39 5 Series? They would fit the £11 budget with money to spare. ;)
  13. melbourne720

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  14. Big Chris


    Joined: Apr 5, 2004

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    Location: Chipping Norton

  15. p1RATE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 29, 2006

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    2 door merc or bmw? a CLK would be nice
  16. GinG


    Joined: Jul 22, 2006

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    When I saw the title the first car that came into my head was a Skoda Superb, it is a shame an estate version isn't in budget as in my opinion is a fantastic looking car.

    Failing that, and from owning one myself I love my Audi A4 (S-Line)
  17. jigger


    Joined: May 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,033

    Volvo C30 D5 R maybe
  18. Minstadave


    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

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    Location: Rutland

    That passat looks like a pretty decent buy!
  19. [TW]Fox

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    I thought that first but actually is it? It's 4.5 years old, base trim level, cloth seats and though it looks nice it's still fundamentally a Passat.

    £10k seems like a lot for an almost 5 year old Passat 1.8T.
  20. Minstadave


    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

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    Location: Rutland

    You might be right, didn't notice the spec, saw it had nav and thought it would have xenons etc but looks pretty boggo spec.