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BMW, Merc or Audi? 20 cars to choose from

Last updated on: October 29, 2010 16:51 IST

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The country's three major luxury car makers are fighting neck to neck to get a pie of the growing high-end car market and have laid out an elaborate portfolio for their customers to choose from.

Coupled with attractive offers and promising economic trends the carmakers are here to leave a mark.

So, let's take a peek at what they have in the showrooms this festive season:

Cars by BMW

BMW 3 Series

It comes with four variants out of which BMW 320i and 330i have petrol units while the BMW 320D Corporate Edition and 320D Highline have diesel engines.

The BMW 3 Series 320i has a four cylinder 2.0L inline engine offering 115KW while 330i variant of the car has a six-cylinder 3.0L, inline engine generating 190KW.

Both diesel variants have a 2.0L engine with four cylinders that offer horsepower of 130KW.

The car is priced between Rs 24.40 lakh and Rs 33.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW X3

It is a compact luxury SUV and its single trim level called the X3 3.0si comes with a 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder engine which gives 260hp.

It comes with xDrive, the latest four-wheel drive configuration that allow the X3 to achieve greater degree of stability and control and make it a perfect off-roader.

Its price ranges from Rs 27.00 lakh - Rs 41.80 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW 5 Series

The all new BMW 5 Series is available in four variants 523i and 535i, which are petrol variants, and 525d and 530d, which are diesel powered.

The 525i generates power of 158 kW at 6500 rpm and maximum torque of 246 Nm at 4000rpm.

The 530i delivers power of 190 kW at 6500 rpm and maximum torque of 300Nm at 2400rpm. The 520d gives 130 kW power at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm.

The 530d and 530d Highline, both give similar power of  173 kW at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of  500 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm.

The 525i offers an acceleration of 100kph in 7.9 sec and top speed of 242Km/h. The 530i offers great acceleration of 100kph in  6.7sec and top speed of 250Km/h.

The variant 520d offers an acceleration of 100kph in 8.4sec and top speed of 226Km/h. The 530d gets to100kph in 6.8 sec and top speed of 248Km/h.

The 530 highline reaches 100kph in 6.8sec and has a top speed of 248Km/h.

Its price ranges from Rs 38.90 lakh - Rs 45.90 lakh(ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW X5

It is available in two variants in India that are X5 xDrive 3.0d and X5 xDrive4.8i. Both the variants are equipped with the same powertrain and more or less same features.

The base variant xDrive 3.0, is powered by a 2933cc, six-cylinder, common rail direct injection engine that is able to pump out max power of 218 bhp at 4000 rpm and produces a peak torque of 480 Nm at 1700-3000 rpm.

It is mated with six-speed automatic gearbox combined that helps do the 0-100 kmph sprint in 8.4 seconds.

The X5 4.8i comes with a 4.8 litre, 4799cc, eight-cylinder petrol engine that generates a top power of 355 bhp at 6250 rpm and has a peak torque of 475 Nm at 3400-3800 rpm.

The same six speed automatic transmission is mated in the powertrain that propels the car from 0-100 kmph in 6.5 seconds.

Its price ranges from Rs 52.99 lakh - Rs 69.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW 7 series

The 7-series is luxury sedan is offered in regular and extended wheelbase versions powered by either a 4.8-liter V8 engine or a 6.0-liter V12 engine.

It comes with new features including iDrive, making it very high-tech vehicle.

All vehicles in the 7 Series have dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, dynamic traction control, and dynamic brake control.

Safety systems are deployed via an Intelligent Safety and Information System and include dual front-impact airbags and supplementary bags.

Its price ranges from Rs 73.60 lakh - Rs 1.24 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW 6 Series

The 6 Series offers two engines - a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine which generates 272hp and a 4.8 liter V-8 which gives 367hp.

The BMW 650i sports coupe offers a Voice Activation System that can control various features in the automobile including navigation and phone.

iDrive is another technological advance that controls and displays settings on a console mounted button and monitor including cabin temperature, navigation and communication.

Aiding in the superior performance profile of the BMW 6 Series is the Valvetronic technology which replaces the traditional throttle.

It is priced at Rs 79.70 lakh - Rs 87-90 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW Z4

This is powered by a 3.0L, 2979cc engine with six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with four valve technology with high precision fuel injection system and with six-speed manual transmission gearbox.'

It offers mileage around 6kmpl in city and 11.5kmpl on highway.

Z4 is a two-seater stylish convertible model with spacious passenger room.

It comes with a price tag of Rs 59 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW X6

It is available in India in three variants - BMW X6 xDrive50i (petrol), BMW X6 xDrive30d (diesel), and BMW X6 M (petrol).

These crossover body type luxury cars are positioned in the D-Plus segment.

The top end variant of BMW X6 is equipped with a 4.4 litre TwinPower Turbo engine with peak power of 408 Kw at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Nm at 1,500 to 5,650 rpm. It goes from 0-100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds.

It carries a price tag of Rs 66.90 lakh - Rs 1.3 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Cars by Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz New C-Class

At present Mercedes Benz C-Class is available in three models - Mercedes Benz C 220 CDI, Mercedes Benz C 200 Kompressor and Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG.

The Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG is equipped with a V8 engine capable of displacing 6,208cc and generating 336kw or 457 hp at the rate of 6800 rpm.

It delivers a torque of 600Nm at the rate of 5000 rpm.

The car is priced at Rs 25,14,628 - Rs 30,30,806 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes Benz E Class

The variants include E 250 petrol and diesel and E 350 petrol and diesel.

The base variant of this car comes with an in-line 2143cc engine and five-speed power transmission.

It offers all the comforts as enjoyed by its top end model except that the top variant comes with more powerful V6 2497 engine.

It has a 7G-TRONIC automatic power transmission with touch-shift and offers DIRCET CONTROL speed sensitive steering (hydraulic).

The top end petrol variant of this car offers V6 3498 cc engine and other better features as Coil springs, twin-tube gas-filled with SDD/coil springs, single-tube gas-filled with SDD suspension.

The car is priced at Rs 41.56 lakh - Rs 64.51 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Available from L4 to V8 engine versions, it is capable of delivering a power of 224hp to 382hp and comes with a seven speed automatic transmission (AT).

AT is available in the ML 63 AMG version of the car, which is a powerful model and it is capable of delivering power of 510 hp or 380 kw and torque thrust of 630 Nm or 465 lb.ft.

It is priced at Rs 54,96,062 - Rs 60,86,062 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes Benz R Class

It is loaded with a 3498cc, 24 valve, V6, DOHC mill pumps out max power of 272 bhp at 6,000 rpm and belts out 350 Nm torque at 4500 rpm with the help of seven-speed automatic transmission.

The higher engine output is delivered with the latest technologies like variable timing on both the intake and exhaust valves coupled with a dual-stage intake manifold that helps the DOHC V-6 provide peak torque.

This makes the car very responsive.

It is priced at Rs 58,79,000 - Rs 58,79,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes Benz GL Class

It is equipped with an all new V6, three litre, 2987 cc, GL 350 CDI BlueEfficiency engine that has competency to produce the maximum output of 224 hp at 3800rpm and maximum torque of 510Nm at 1600-2800 RPM, along with off-road engineering package that helps in performing on any driving condition whether roads are not there in the path.

It also offers 7-G-tronic automatic gearbox.

The car comes in two variants called GL- Executive and GL-Luxury.

The variants are priced at Rs 63.75 lakh and Rs 68.48 lakh respectively.

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Mercedes Benz CLS-Class

The car comes in three model variants - CLS 320 CDI, CLS 500 and CLS 63 AMG. The CLS 63 AMG has a V8 engine of the cylinders that offers a displacement of 6,208cc and generates 378kw or 514 hp power at the rate of 6800 rpm.

It offers a torque of 630Nm at the rate of 5200 rpm.

It has a drive system with AMG speed shift 7G-tronic transmission.

The car is priced at Rs 68,50,768 - Rs 82,18,846 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes Benz SLK Class

There are four variants available with Mercedes Benz SLK Class.

The various models include Mercedes Benz SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR, which is available with a power output from 15kw or 21 hp to 135 kw or 184 hp.

It gives out CO2 emissions of 182 to 196 g/km. The Mercedes Benz SLK 280 and Mercedes Benz SLK 350 provide even much sportier ride with the six-cylinder engines they have.

Mercedes Benz SLK 280 generates power of 170 kw or 231 hp while Mercedes Benz SLK 350 gives power out-put of 224 kw or 305 hp.

The third model Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG comes with a powerful V8 engine.

This engine is capable of delivering 265 kw or 360 hp, along with a max torque of 510 Nm.

It is priced at Rs 47,57,569 - Rs 66,64,414 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Cars by Audi

Audi Q7

The Q7 is available in both gasoline and diesel engines in two versions - base and premium.

The petrol versions are powered by 3.6 l V6 and 4.2 liters V8 engine, whereas the diesel version is powered by a V6 engine.

Audi introduced a new six liter V12 engine, which can do 0 to 100 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds.

All Q7 models are available with four wheel drive and can seat seven passengers.

It is priced at Rs 52 lakh - Rs 66 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Audi A8

The car comes with both petrol and diesel engine units.

The 3.0 V6 Tdi diesel engine delivering 240bhp is fitted in Audi A4, A6 and Q5. The 4.2 V8 Tdi diesel unit with 350bhp powers the Audi Q7 SUV.

And the petrol V8 version has a 4.2 DOHC V8 FSI and the range topping W12. A8 has an eight-speed automatic transmission which has paddles on the steering wheel and Quattro four-wheel drive as standard.

The Audi A8 is loaded with reclining rear seats, massage, and foot rests, active cruise control with a low speed stop and go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane assistance and night vision, a power trunk lid, four-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, additional aluminium interior trim, ambient interior lighting, and full-LED headlamps as well as tail lamps.

It is priced at Rs 72.50 lakh - Rs 1.26 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Audi A4

It is available in five variants out of which 3.2 FSI quattro, 2.0 FSI and 1.8 FSI have a petrol engine and the 2.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro have diesel units.

The 2.0 TFSI yields 132 KW power at 4000-6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1500-3900 rpm.

The Audi 3.2 FSI quattro generates 195 KW power at 6500 rpm and a torque of 330 Nm at 3000-5000 rpm.

The 1.8 TFSI produces 118 KW power at 4500-6200 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm while the 2.0 TDI with the 2.0 L turbodiesel engine, common rail injection system, has a maximum torque of 320Nm at 1750-2500 rpm and a maximum output of 105 KW at 4200 rpm.

On the other hand the 3.0 TDI quattro comes with a common rail injection system and renders a maximum output of 176 KW at 4000-4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm.

It is priced at Rs 29,71,400 - Rs 31,66,400 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Audi A6

The car comes in both diesel and petrol engines .Its four variants include Audi A6 2.8 FSI, Audi A6 3.0 T, Audi A6 2.7 TDI and Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro.

Audi A6 2.8 TFSI that is a petrol variant generates 162 KW power at 5750-6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 3000-5000 rpm.

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI which is another petrol variant churns out 213 KW power at 4850-6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 420 Nm at 2500-4850 rpm.

The car's diesel variants generate 140 KW power at 3500-4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 380 Nm at 14000-3500 rpm in A6 2.7 TDI and a power of 176 KW at 4000-4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm in A6 3.0 TDI Quattro.

The car is priced at Rs 38.28 lakh - Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Audi Q5

It is available with two variants: Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro petrol and Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro diesel.

The petrol variant is powered by four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with exhaust gas turbo charging and charge air cooling, DOHC 2.0L, 1984 cc engine delivering the maximum output of 155 KW at 4300-6000 RPM and maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1500-4200 RPM.

The diesel variant comes with a V6-cylinder diesel engine with turbo charger and common rail technology producing the maximum output of 176 KW at 4000-4400RPM and maximum torque of 500NM at 1500-3000 RPM.

The petrol engine touches the 100 kmph mark within 7.2 seconds and acquires the highest speed of 222KMPH while the diesel engine breaks the 100kmph barrier in 6.5 seconds and can achieve the top speed mark of 225kmph.

The car is priced at Rs 38.94 lakh - Rs 44.94 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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