Well the A3 2.0 TDi SE Sportback is up for replacement - its been ok I suppose and has covered 115,000 miles with no faults. Initially I was gutted at the amount of road noise, engine noise and understeer, but you get used to that after a while. If you want to see how upset I was look at any post by Jungle... On the plus side it looked great (but its a bit "samey" now), has a classy interior and a decent stereo.
This time I get a little more money to "spend" - £25k this time.
Took an A4 S-Line 170 TDi for a drive (2 days as it was a courtesy car) and loved it; it was refined, had loads of grip, and personally I didn't find the ride too hard at all.
Then I took a 320D SE for a drive... unbelievable. It was so much quieter, steered so sweetly and handled amazingly. You really can appreciate the balance and RWD, even through town. The dash / interior looks awful from outside, but once inside the car it makes perfect sense.
Looks odd (but I'm getting used to it)
Iffy interior (but better than it seems once you're driving)
Drives so much better than the Audi its untrue.
I know a lot of people won't notice the difference, and maybe its because I race motorbikes that I'm more sensitive to some elements of handling (?!) but I've ordered the BMW and can't wait.
Sure, I'll have to put up with the image problem, but when you do 60,000 miles a year, driving pleasure is more important than image etc.
If you have a new model A4 congratulations - its a nice car. But if you are considering a change, you should try the BMW. Some of you may wonder what I'm on about, but some of you will love it!