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      03-07-2020, 01:46 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by tooloud10 View Post
I think most of us would like to believe that an entry-level BMW uses better materials than a mid-level Ford, but that doesn't make it true.
Agree. My oldest son has a Mazda6 Signature (~$36k), and honestly, some of the materials and placement of them are much better than a 2 or 3 series of double the cost. To get a "true luxury interior" in a BMW with nice higher quality materials, I believe you have to go for a 5/X5 and up.

The Mazda has leather and stitching lining the outside of the center console where your knees rest, the G20 3er has hard plastic there (Even the 8-series has this if you don't pay extra for Merino). The Mazda has nice suede (although is likely faux-suede) covering a large strip of the dashboard. The 3-series has soft-touch plastic/trim. The Mazda's seats are also nice and smooth Napa leather. Of course the 3-series is better in some areas as well, the soft-touch plastics are more solid and the steering wheel hub is leather stitched, build quality is likely a bit better too and the tech is obviously newer and more advanced, however it does show that these days you don't have to go to a luxury brand to get a nice interior.

Honestly, after driving and sitting in the 6, I could easily get use to it and live with it.
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