When it comes to cars us Germans seem to have really got the knack, many roads are awash with Volkswagens, BMWs, Audis and Beamers, and it’s not because they are cheap, but because they have got such excellent reputations and are highly sort after. Here are some of our favourites.
BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6-Series is the biggest car on offer from BMW and it has been designed to compete against the Audi S5, Porsche 911 and the Jaguar XK. The first thing that will strike you about the BMW 6-series is how good looking it is! The body shape is awesome and it offers a comfortable amount of room up front for the driver. As you would expect with a car like the 6-series the running costs very much depend upon which engine you opt for, the most efficient of the engines will give you a good 52.3 mile per gallon however if you go for the M6 model the mpg will pretty much get cut in half, though I guess that’s the price you pay for that superb performance.
The BMW X6 is an excellent feat of engineering and it looks like an absolute monster, like a coupe on steroids almost. Ultimately it is a bit of a mix up of a few different types of cars, a coupe a hatchback and a large SUV but it blends the 3 seamlessly as nothing feels forced. The unusual look of the BMW X6 sets it apart from its rivals immediately but it isn’t just a looker, it has a lot of brains too. It packs a lot of power, superb handling and it is fun to drive, yet it is very comfortable and spacious for when you get stuck in traffic.
The Audi Q3 is another big German crossover that demands respect. It isn’t quite as menacing as the BMW X6, it is a little more discrete and perhaps classy. It is a little disappointing in terms of MPG and running costs, especially when you compare it to its main rival the Nissan Qashqai, but the build quality is top notch and really does reflect the German precision we hear so much about. You can adjust the steering wheel and the driver’s seat to your heart’s content so getting comfortable is by no means an issue. You also find plenty of luggage space in the Audi Q3 but none of this practicality sacrifices the quality of the ride with the slowest diesel engine able to hit 60mph in less than 10 seconds.
The Audi A1 is one of the most desirable superminis available today and is a testament to how far Audi has come over the last 10 years. The A1 has some tough competition in the Ford Fiesta, the MINI Cooper and the Citroen DS3 yet we feel that the A1 always comes out on top. You have the choice of some excellent engines which are all efficient and capable of superb performance. It is also a very reliable vehicle and has achieved a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP so there is not much to dislike about the Audi A1. The only thing that might put you off the Audi A1 is the price tag, though you do get something for that money that you don’t get in other superminis on the market, and that is the A1’s level of luxury and quality.
Mercedes Benz A Class
The latest A Class has gone in a different direction to the A Class’ that came before it as it has now moved away from its MPV, high roof hatchback look for a more sporty streamlined body type. We think it is the best looking of its German counterparts, the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The Mercedes Benz A Class is a pleasure to drive and the handling is good though it can be a little unresponsive. As you can probably imagine it is a very practical car though the current generation isn’t quite as good in terms of practicality as the previous generations. What may come as a shock is how low the running costs are kept with the most economical engine capable of 78.5mpg!
The Scirocco is possibly our favourite car to feature on the list, it is a coupe which competes with the likes of the Audi TT and the Peugeot RCZ which you may not have guessed from looking at it as it does have a pretty unique look about it. Volkswagen are not strangers to unique looking cars, look at the Volkwagen Beetle for example, but it has been a while since VW brought something this fresh to the market. The Scirocco is affordable to run for the most part but the top spec Scirocco R looks like it might be pretty costly, in fact we would probably suggest you avoid the R model if you are considering a Volkswagen Scirocco, the lower spec models are more than capable and maybe even better in some instances.