What car would you own beside BMW?

Interesting, Others | March 21st, 2015 by 14
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All German cars rest their reputations on a core foundation of values; quality, performance and innovative engineering. However, each individual brand sets itself apart by …

All German cars rest their reputations on a core foundation of values; quality, performance and innovative engineering. However, each individual brand sets itself apart by focusing different specific values from one another. For instance, Mercedes-Benz prides itself on making hilariously over-engineered luxury vehicles. Porsche makes machines capable of baffling levels of performance. BMW is quite a bit different, at least in my mind.

What sets BMW apart are all of the intangibles. Sure Audi’s and Mercedes can perform quite similarly to BMWs, but none of them feel like a BMW, and feel more important than any number on a spec sheet. BMWs just feel more connected, more balanced. There’s just something intangible about the way BMWs drive that makes them so different from any other car. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that every other car is an abomination to drive. Many other cars have desirable qualities. So, if you had to choose any other car company from which to buy a car from, which would it be?

There are many car companies that are sure to give you the fizz when you drive them. Just in a different way that BMW.

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Porsches, for instance, feel as if every part about the car was designed perfectly. Harmonious is a good word to use for how Porsches feel. They feel as if the entire car is in perfect harmony. Everything just feels so right. And that’s not to mention the incredible performance all Porsches can put down. However, all of the excellence and perfection can become a bit boring after awhile. While Porsches are fantastic, there’s something about them that seems a bit sterile and serious. I bet not one Porsche engineer knows a single joke.

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Mercedes cars have almost bank vault levels of solidity. They feel incredibly well built and superbly luxurious. While many Mercedes don’t have the handling chops that BMWs do, they are able to charm in their own way. With quite, comfortable and luxurious cabins, most Benzs have an aristocratic feel to them. On the flipside of the Mercedes, luxury coin is AMG. The folks in Affalterbach know how to make one hell of a car. AMG Merc’s are about as hardcore as anything else on the road. With mighty, hand-built engines and exhaust notes that could scare dragons away, AMGs are dripping with character. The only problem is, that AMGs are the only Mercs dripping with character. Despite Mercedes’ extreme luxury and solidity, many of its cars come away a bit cold.


Audi is an interesting option, coming from BMWs. Audi is a car company that seems obsessed with loading its cars to the eyeballs with screens and gadgets and LED lights, that it seems to have forgotten how to make cars fun. Don’t get me wrong, Audis are usually fantastic performance cars. With spectacular engines, transmissions and the brilliant Quattro all-wheel drive system, most Audis can hang with the highest performers on the market. But there’s something very clinical about the way they drive. Something seems to be missing, and that’s the intangible bit that BMW seems to get so right, yet Audi seems to miss. Not that Audi is incapable. The original Audi Quattro, the RS4 and R8 are all proof that Audi, at one point at least, had an imagination and could touch drivers on an emotional level. Aside from the R8, though, it seems as if current Audi has lost that fizz.

These are just some of BMW’s closest competitors. Other car companies, such as Cadillac, Lexus and Volkswagen, are good rivals for the Bavarian brand. Yet despite all of these offerings many of us here tend to choose the Blue and White Roundel. BMW has something that the others don’t. I don’t want to go ahead and say that BMW is definitively better than any other company. Just that BMWs drive differently than any other brand and the characteristics of BMWs make them more appealing to you and I.

But if you had to pick, say, a second favorite, a car company outside of BMW that you’d choose to drive everyday, what would it be?

14 responses to “What car would you own beside BMW?”

  1. Tinky-Winky says:

    It would probably be a fun RWD family car. Maybe some American like Cadillac or Dodge muscle cars. Mercedes would definitely be in the list and Jaguar has some cool cars in the lineup. I’m also looking forward to the future RWD Alfa Romeo models.

  2. Icebreaker says:

    i also own a merc c200 amg sport

  3. jason bourne says:

    A 911 or a Cayman.

  4. Michael says:

    If I was verboten from buying another BMW or a BMW Group vehicle, I’d buy a Merc again but I’d do so whilst kicking and screaming. I’ve owned them in the past and they’ve been extremely reliable and of comparable quality. My Audi however, felt very much like a VW with leather seats and four rings. It was underpowered and the brakes were far too small for a vehicle of its weight.

  5. Magnus says:

    Lotus Evora 400.
    A non electric hydraulic steering from one of the greatest “steering feel”-companies in the world.

    But sadly I need rear seats and with 2 kids rear doors would make picking up/leaving kids easier.

    4 door, rwd, manual, sporty car. Only car I can think of is BMW.
    Even though they have electric steering with not great feel ( for example the f20 lci got no new hw/sw in the steering system ) they are still the best option.
    All IMO.

    A bit interested in the soon to be announced new Alfa Romeo though it will be between 3 and 5:er in size and to me even the 3:er is to big.

    Dream rwd M2 GC or more realistcly M235i/M240i.
    Also a M220i/M223i (or call it 223 ti if you dont want to dilute M, just give it a proper chassis) with a 3 cyl 200 bhp would be cool. The sound of the 3 cyl by far more sporty than a 4 cyl to me.

  6. Anon says:

    With all respect, you must be American. You have no clue what are you writting about. Greetings from Germany.

  7. Francisca Radu says:

    Ford Mustang (2015) and the Lamborghini Huracan :)

  8. IceDree says:

    A Cadillac.

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  10. BMW sucks says:

    I’ve owned four BMW cars and eight motorcycles. The most flawed unreliable cars and motorcycles I’ve owned were BMW s. I’ve been driving and riding for 52 years and have never experienced the arrogance and excuses given by BMW dealers. I’ve been told the problem with my vehicle was caused by bad American gas, bad American roads, bad California air quality and always you. Yes, you are doing something wrong. It couldn’t possibly be are perfect master race vehicle. Don’t tell me how great your BMW is, because some are better than others and you are lucky. Or, I find many owners are in denial or fibbing when I question them. Hey! Stop drinking the kool aid!!!!

  11. Reino-five-five-oh says:

    Porsche is the obvious answer. But if I had to pick a brand as a whole, it would be Honda. They are to the standard brands what BMW is to the premium brands: each may look very similar to it’s competitors on paper–but once you get behind the wheel, you can appreciate that little extra driver-focus put into their vehicles.

  12. Michael says:

    There is no other car manufacturer quite like Mercedes-Benz. With a storied history unlike any other, beginning from quite literally the very birth of the automobile, they are in a league of their own. Regardless of your personal prejudices towards certain auto makers, the longer you are involved with in the car scene, the more you realize you owe to Mercedes. My obvious choice is Mercedes-Benz.

  13. James Brown says:

    Wrong question. Besides desireability for BMW there is also massive poor quality and design record for this brand – not only BMW but all german breed cars.”Innovational” technology of engine block manufacutring nikasil – later dropped due to US market warrany claims and now manufactured -alusil is one of the biggest failures of all time in the car manufacturing industry. Americans experimented with those engines in 70s and quickly dropped it due to reliability, but in germany that junk is still a heart of ” ultimate driving machine” and more! You probably heard about abnormal oil consumption, engine sludging and instant engine destructions due to overheat – If you didn’t do your own research, internet is full of nightmare stories and “ultimate repair bills” . On the top of engine failures comes : horrible electronics, falling apart aluminium suspensions or Audi junk transmissions. Just do not rely on my opinion – DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE YOU OWN ANY CAR!

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