June 26, 2022

Tesla Mannequin Y. Mark Richardson says the most important automotive standing image proper now could be a Tesla.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

I’m within the lucky place that my new job features a firm automobile and my firm insists it should price at the very least $80,000. My automotive might be seen by purchasers as an illustration of my standing. I’ve by no means owned an costly automotive earlier than and I contemplate them a waste of cash – my present automotive is a Mazda3. What would you advocate? – Matthew

Petrina Gentile: Wow – that’s a pleasant job perk. I’ve by no means owned an costly automotive, both. However in that worth vary, you should purchase a automobile that can impress purchasers and make your neighbours resentful.

Mark Richardson: If Matthew’s firm is all about standing, perhaps he can purchase a gently used Bentley or Aston Martin. Their costs plummet once they first drive off the lot – nicely, most of them. Select the mannequin fastidiously and it’d enhance in worth.

Gentile: No manner. He doesn’t want a Bentley or Aston. There are many new luxurious autos in that worth vary. I’m considering of an SUV as a substitute of a sedan. It’ll be extra comfy for his purchasers to sit down within the rear seats. Don’t you agree?

Richardson: Off the highest, the most important automotive standing image proper now could be a Tesla. The least costly Mannequin S is nicely above his vary at $122,000, however he can get a pleasant Mannequin Y for $77,000. It’s going to impress passengers once they marvel the place all of the instrument gauges are.

Gentile: Mannequin Y is a superb suggestion, if he’s on the lookout for an electrical automobile. It’s a very good dimension, with nice acceleration and house for his purchasers. However charging could possibly be a difficulty. We don’t know what his work or residence scenario is like and he could not have entry to cost it in a single day if he lives in a apartment, for instance. Possibly he’s higher off with a conventional gas-powered automobile?

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Richardson: Good level. An all-electric automobile is a headache should you can solely cost it on the general public grid. If he’s going typical, and wishes standing, then it’s often one of many Germans that does the trick: Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Porsche.

Gentile: All good decisions, however you’re forgetting a comparatively new participant on the block, Genesis. It’s not from Germany, however South Korea. It’s as spectacular as any German model.

Richardson: It could be spectacular to the driving force, however does it have that standing image panache for while you roll as much as meet a shopper? You shouldn’t have to elucidate your automotive, your automotive ought to clarify you – or at the very least, what you need folks to imagine about you. That’s why some bold folks go into huge debt to purchase a Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari. It’s concerning the on the spot picture.

Gentile: Positive, the Genesis won’t be as recognizable as a three-pointed star, but it surely impresses, particularly while you sit within the backseat of a G90 full-size luxurious sedan. It’s so elegant and designed with rear-seat passengers in thoughts. Matthew’s purchasers can be blown away.

Richardson: However right here’s the bizarre catch: a lot of the Genesis line-up isn’t costly sufficient for Matthew’s firm. Solely the full-size G90 sedan is available in with an MSRP of greater than $80,000, and the massive GV80 SUV must be totally optioned to recover from the road. Possibly he doesn’t need such a giant automobile.

Gentile: Okay, so that you’re dismissing the G90 in favour of a German model. The place do you need to begin first? Audi?

Richardson: I’m afraid so, although I hate overspending and I despise shopping for a automobile simply to impress different folks. We don’t know what Matthew must do along with his automobile – carry purchasers round, or samples, or simply get himself to conferences – so let’s assume a little bit of all the pieces and go for an SUV, just like the Audi Q5.

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2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback. The 349-horsepower SQ5 Sportback has a turbocharged V6 engine.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

Gentile: That begins beneath $50,000 for the fundamental mannequin.

Richardson: Who buys a fundamental Audi? These costs solely exist to lure folks into the showroom. Matthew can rub his purchasers’ noses in it with the 349-horsepower SQ5 Sportback, although he’ll nonetheless must choice it up a bit to cross the hallowed 80-grand threshold.

Gentile: SQ5 is the way in which to go. It’s sporty and far more enjoyable to drive than the bottom mannequin. I really like the throaty sound from the turbocharged V6 engine, too.

Richardson: Each Mercedes and BMW have equivalents – the AMG GLC 43 and the X4 M40i. They each are available in across the mid-70s and are straightforward to choice up with pricey add-ons. It’ll most likely all come all the way down to every time he can get the automobile delivered. There’s a protracted wait for nearly all the pieces proper now – Tesla says July for the Mannequin Y.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. Petrina Gentile says the AMG GLC 43 affords a pleasant steadiness of efficiency and luxury.Handout

Gentile: I desire the AMG GLC 43 over the Bimmer. The journey and dealing with is nice, and it’s a pleasant steadiness of efficiency and luxury. Plus, there’s extra space for adults within the rear seats of the AMG, except he opts for the coupe version. The X4′s barely sloping roofline compromises head house within the rear seats and cargo house, which Matthew wants.

Richardson: Hey – Matthew’s coming from a Mazda3. I don’t assume he’s that fussy.

Gentile: Between the AMG and BMW, which do you favor?

Richardson: I’ll be sincere, I’ve a gentle spot for BMWs, particularly if my firm is paying for the lease and the upkeep and the premium gasoline. However you understand what I feel can be the most effective of all for Matthew? A Porsche Macan GTS. Final yr’s mannequin, which might be powerful however not not possible to search out on seller heaps, is available in at slightly below $80,000 and it could possibly be a great mix of standing, efficiency and practicality. The 2022 mannequin is $6,000 extra.

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2020 Porsche Macan GTS. Final yr’s mannequin is available in at slightly below $80,000.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

Gentile: YES. My favorite of the German manufacturers. Prepandemic, I drove it on the racetrack in Portugal and it was a thrill. Plus, it is available in cool, daring shades of orange, blue and inexperienced. It’ll positively make an amazing impression on his purchasers. However the rear-seat house is tight in comparison with the competitors.

Richardson: Porsche is aware of the worth of its model, and most of the people can be content material to squeeze themselves right into a Porsche seat. I’d urge Matthew, although, to take a driving course to get the most effective worth from such a automotive. It’s so much totally different from what he’s used to, and purchasers received’t be impressed with a smashed headlight, or worse.

Gentile: You’re most likely proper, purchasers received’t thoughts being squished within the GTS – it’s price it. So what’s the ultimate verdict for Matthew?

Richardson: Bear in mind, on this case, standing is all the pieces. If he desires all-electric, go for the Tesla Mannequin Y. If he desires old-school smart with a splash of devil-may-care, then whichever of the Audi, Mercedes or BMW SUVs is on the market soonest. And if he desires to essentially make a splash, go for the Porsche Macan GTS. He can at all times invite purchasers out for a observe day.

Gentile: I say Porsche Macan, in orange, all the way in which.

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