So I’ve started car shopping for my wife’s new ride and have been desperately searching to find something that fits this extensive list of requirements.
-“Luxury” SUV, preferably German and black
-New or slightly used
-Anything up to and including 65k
2015-2017 Landcruiser - I love this thing, but the wife nixed it for being too big.
2019 X3 M40i - We both loved the vehicle, but I have a tough time paying 63k for a new X3 that doesn’t have anything “special”. Also considered the upcoming X3M, but that may be too far out. I have experience with the dealer and they are fantastic, which is partially driving me in this direction.
2010s MB G500/550 - Her dream car, but I think the ride is awful and the image is even worse. Can’t swing the new model yet.
2017-2018 Macan S - A very planted ride, but I honestly wasn’t that impressed inside or out. Maybe it wasn’t the right spec, but the X3 felt nicer and more exciting. It’s also very cramped inside. We don’t have kids yet, but my lowly Golf R felt bigger. Maintainance costs would add up.
2018 MB GLC63 - We both loved the looks and the sound(!!!). A bit out of the budget and no used ones available yet. I think the depreciation on a brand new Mercedes would keep me up at night.
2018 Evoque - Neither of us were terribly impressed with the build quality for the money; perhaps the new one will remedy that. It wasn’t slow, but it was far from exciting (and I drive an HR-V right now...)
2018 XC60/90 - We went to sit in one and came away unimpressed. The dealership experience was also very subpar.
2018 SQ 5 - She doesn’t like the design.
Lexus/Acura - She doesn’t like the brands.
After all of that, our potential answer is getting a used....GLK 350. They look great with that AMG-lite body kit. We can easily find them for 25-30k in great spec. Seems like a solid choice that would tide us over until something exciting hits the market in a few years.
Does anyone have experience with these, or what to watch out for when buying used?