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Would you buy an Audi A8L for less than a Nissan Versa?

Sometimes, when searching in the second-hand market, or even third and fourth-hand, you can find some real gems. Buying a preowned car can be very beneficial over buying a brand new car, depending on the situation. Sometimes it’s worth looking into what you can afford on the used market before going and buying something brand new. For instance, a brand new 2015 Nissan Versa’s lowest MSRP is $11,900. That’s incredibly low for a new car, but it also incredibly little car for the money. But why buy that when you can have a slightly newer luxury car from one of Germany’s most prestigious brands?

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This 2005 Audi A8L is only ten years young and has 104,000 miles on it, which means it has around 10,000 per year. that’s not bad at all. Being the ‘L’ variant, that also means it’s the long wheelbase version, making it extra capacious in the rear. While its 4.2 liter V8 isn’t anywhere near as economical as a Nissan Versa’s 1.8 liter four-cylinder, it makes up or it with gobs and gobs more power. Mated to a six-speed auto and Quattro all-wheel drive, it’s also far better in the winter months than a Versa.

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This A8 is Audi’s second generation A8, the D3. The D3 A8L is still a fantastic looking car, even by today’s standards. Its shape is simple and elegant, yet powerful and aristocratic. This Night Blue Pearl model is especially good looking and looks like a true luxury car of the highest quality. The tan leather on the inside is in fantastic condition and looks supremely comfortable. It has a popup navigation system, though the average smartphone’s is probably better than a unit from 2005, and heated front and rear seats. The seats also have what seems to be million-way adjustments and it even comes with Bose audio. This Audi A8L is a proper luxury car.

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Sure, at 100,000 miles, a ten year old German luxury car is probably going to cost you a couple more thousand dollars in maintenance over the next couple of years. But it’s worth it over the drab and dreary driving experience that a Versa, or any other equally cheap car, will provide for those same years. The Audi A8L will provide sumptuous and luxurious comfort for many years to come and that 4.2 liter V8 is one of Audi’s best ever.

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Obviously, this 2005 A8L and a 2015 Nissan Versa don’t share the same customer clientele base and wouldn’t be cross shopped, but it’s fun to take a look. It’s interesting to think that for less than the cheapest brand new car on sale, you can have one of the best luxury cars of a decade passed. So if you’re in the market for a Versa, or anything else, check your local classifieds and see what’s for sale. Who knows, you might find a gem.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.