2007 BMW 5 Series 530xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I'm a long term Audi owner (have had six), who decided to look around when they dropped the free maintenance. I test drove the new Audi A6 wagon and the BMW 530xiT. The BMW did just about everything better than the Audi and the monthly lease rate was better. The choice was a no-brainer! The 530xiT ride and handling are first rate, as is the build quality. The engine is exceptionaly smooth but could use a bit more low end torque. Winter performance, especially with snow tires, is exceptional. The iDrive is not as scary as expected but could be better. I like my BMW so much that we replaced my wife's Audi with a BMW 530xiT too!
Ride and handling. Front seat comfort. Fuel economy is excellent at 27 mpg average.
More engine torque but I understand that this has been fixed in the 2008s. Standard audio system could be better.