Did anyone see Top Gear? Their survey was about peoples' perception of prestige. It said that people rate the Lexus IS200 higher than the A4 in terms of prestige. In fact I believe the A4 came last overall except for the Passat. At the top of the table I was certain that the winner would be the Mercedes C Class (or possibly the BMW 3-Series if enough chavs voted)but they came a distant second and third behind the X-Type! I have no problem with it's Mondeo underpinnings - 'cause they're good - but the press has made such a big deal about it, when the public obviously don't care. I chose an A4 because I wanted the quality of a "premium brand" without looking like a poser. I've always considered Audi to be a reasonably tasteful choice, whereas I regard BMW as the obvious posers choice with an aggressive image. I think of the Mercedes as overpriced and nowhere near as good as most people think. The Lexus as well equipped and built, but with a boring bodyshape and woefully under-powered engine (considering it's fuel consumption). The X-Type as a good car, which looks far too "old man" and which needs a big diesel.