Test drove the 2.4JTDM. Fist impressions, it looked stunning in black with the pepper-pot stlye alloys, simply gorgeous. Some of the pictures i've seen in the press have made it look a bit awkward from some angles, it doesn't in real life though. Great size boot on it at 300 litres, but the back seats are a definite token. I'm 5'9" and with the drivers seat set for me, i could only just get the seat back, but, there's no head room owing to the sunblind for the glass roof, so the back seats are limited to kids or very short journeys. The passenger side has the dash cut away so you could slide that seat further forward to get someone in, but doesn't change the lack of headroom!
In the driver's seat it's very nice. Everything is focussed on you as a driver (not like the cr@ppy flat dash in the new 3 series) and you get an oil temp gauge, boost guage (on the diesel), Water temp (on petrol) and fuel gauge in the middle of the console.
So the drive. Very impressed, didn't seem to ahve any flat spots and pulled well in all gears. I couldn't give it a lot of stick as the dealer principle was with me, but took it upto 90 on the dual carriageway, very nice noise from the engine, but not intrusive. Steering was niceley weighted and whilst i didn't notice the brakes particulalry, when i got back in the focus, the AR brakes were a lot better! THe clutch wasn't heavy and the gearbox had a nice shift to it. Overall i'm very impressed.
No chance of any discount (no surprises there...) but the Brera is very well specced, leather, cruise, parking sensors etc etc. The glass roof is great, a fantastic feature. AR seemed to have lost their cliff drop depreciation with the new models which is good and i'm definately very tempted...
Test driving an A3 2.0TDI and 2.0 TFSI next week. Considered the new TT, but by the time you spec it up it takes it out of my price range. Shame.