kt8320 saidLooking to replace my 15 yr old Honda CRV. Would like to upgrade a bit since I (obviously) keep my cars a long time. I really love my CRV, but need a change. Been researching BMW X1 (soon to be sold in US), BMW X3, Audi Q3.
If I can't rationalize the incremental cost, I may also just go right back to the CRV.
So all you car guys- give me your advice...
Yes, just a tiny bit more expensive but well worth it: BMW X5M
And yeah it has more power than the E60 M5 in case you were wondering
Uhm the X1 is like 30k...the X5M is nearly 90k.....that's three times more expensive...
It was a joke. I would go with a new CRV, unless you think you've been balling and can afford to shell out a larger sum, or make larger regular payments, for a BMW, Audi, etc. Also keep in mind that the Audi and BMW WILL be more expensive to service, which is a cost. As far as I've heard from people I know who own them, the CRV's are extremely reliable. They've been hugely popular all over the world for years, and parts and servicing are as easy to get as fem guys.
Then you have to think about retirement, opportunity costs... an' all that
So the question is: what REALLY is the premium you want to pay to have a car that is more intricately designed and manufactured, tailored to a smaller group of buyers, but only marginally more functional?
Now, if it were me, I would probably get the new X1, though it's up in the air since its not even out yet as you said. If I wanted to compromise it'd be a gently used X3 with some options I think.