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When it comes to German cars, it's your own personal tastes that matter, NOT which is better. You don't buy a German car because you want the best, because as soon as you start having electrical problems that will require $3k to fix, you realize maybe a Lexus isn't so bad after all.
Let me break it down for you:
BMW - The quintessential German car. BMW is the most popular and a lot of sales are based on that fact (sort of how everyone buys Call of Duty games since everyone else is). BMW offers a variety of choices to fit your tastes and needs, whether it's a coupe, wagon, sedan, hatchback, SUV, or sports car. BMW cars all pretty much look the same (except for the 6 & 7 series) and their interiors are also pretty much the same. What's different is the driving experience of all of them. An M3 is the halo car of BMW, and it drives much better and different than a 325i some dad bought for her daughter. BMW's have Manual, automatic, and DCT transmissions.
Mercedes-Benz - MB is almost all about class and luxury. You will find the best luxury, most comfortable ride, and status in an MB. Some of their cars are militaristic and brute, namely any AMG. Some are all about royalty, like the S-class. Either way, their looks are subjective but their class is not. All MB cars are automatic or DCT.
Porsche - Performance. Porsche is all about performance. All they sell is performance cars (except for that stupid Cayenne). Porsche has an amazing racing heritage, and it shows in their products. Even something like an M3 can't compare to the driving experience of a 911. Buy Porsche if you care most about going fast in style. Porsche has manual and DCT cars, with their DCT's being the best on the planet.
Audi - You're a rebel, aren't you? Audi is the "non-conformist" German brand. Their cars have the BEST interiors, and the Quattro AWD tech makes snow look stupid. Audi is like BMW with a variety of vehicles. Audi isn't as popular or respected as some other brands, which ironically has brought them a fanbase. Audi has recently stepped their game up and is now making amazing cars, but they are still an "outsider" brand. Choose Audi if you love AWD and being different. Audi used to have manual cars but has since phased out, now it's almost all DCT or Auto.1