I found on www.drive.com.au an interactive car comparer. It is interesting to see the minor differences in equipment and engineering specs between cars that vary widely in pricing - for instance, for an extra A$14k you can upgrade from a corolla conquest sedan auto (which I have) and get an Audi A3 or an Mecedes A-Class auto. Only thing is, the german cars have only maybe $4500 worth of extra features. Sure they may be better on the road etc. but my guess is 90% of the time most normal people will not notice this much. Or, for A$50k we can get a top of the range camry that has the same equipment level as an Audi A6.
My question for you all is - if you had the money, would you go for a luxury auto and seemingly pay big $$$ for some brand image (or even actually a great automobile?) ? or would you keep your 'rolla?
Reason I ask is on my walking route I pass a dealer that sells VWs, toyota, mercs and mitsubishis. I noticed that the fit and finish on toyotas was as good as, if not better than, say VW Golf or Merc A-Class. They had an E-Class there that looked super, but I figure that it would not look so inviting once I had it for a few months, it would just get dirty like any Japanese car and the novelty would wear off.... I began wondering why people would shell out the equivalent of an average salary to get basically a car of the same quality, in a real everyday sense?