What you think you’re getting: Comfort and Respect inspired by the old Grosser Limousines for the dictators of the world
What you’re actually getting: Overtly electric luxury vehicles which will force you to change to the next generation every few years to keep your image as a person who always has the very best. These overcomplicated electronics mix with a “why did you build that?” theme as the company tries to fill every niche car market available. “A cheap Mercedes will soon become an immensely expensive one with time” is not a comment on appreciation.
Mercedes Grosser 600 Limousine
What you think you’re getting: Stylish and Modern take on German luxury
What you’re actually getting: Besides the RS rage you effectively have someone internally screaming “Its not a Passat I swear..”. The A3/A4/Q3/Q5 are the most susceptible to this and suffer the most from mass reliability issues
2009 Audi A4
What you think you’re getting:German Engineering and prestige of a European Car
What you’re actually getting: A car that screams wanting to be middle class by shunning Japanese models that offer better value and reliability
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
What you think you’re getting:A piece of racing heritage and fine craftsmanship. You want the 911 DNA
What you’re actually getting:(not applying to a high performance 911(Turbo or GT3) or a 918 Spyder) You’re feeding money to Volkswagen group by paying for SUVS, SUV inspired sedans(Panamera), and for that yellow seatbelt option that you desperately need.
2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive
What you think you’re getting:A little bit of everyday performance with quality to match.
What you’re actually getting: Mass produced cars with dubious reliability and a brand losing its hallmark steering feel and composure with each successive model. Being the top selling luxury brand for so long has meant the breakeven point of what makes a performance luxury vehicle has fallen by the wayside.