Considered / test drove the following:
E220d SE Premium - as @sjak92 said it was all floppy and horrible on anything other than straight roads. At the time it only came with the 8.8” screen as standard too, that coupled with the standard dials looked like something was missing.
VW Arteon R-line - one I look back at and think “what if?”. A fantastic looking car in my opinion and absolutely rammed with kit as standard, all under the magic £40k list price before you get stung by the ridiculous tax. I’d have had to get one blind though as I couldn’t have test driven at the time and that’s what put me off. It will be on the list in a couple of years when the 5 is due for replacement.
Audi A5 Sportback Sport - lovely car, but terrible lease deals through LEX meant it was scrapped off the list almost straight away.
Volvo S90 Inscription - again a fantastic car, and in hindsight the one I wish I’d maybe gone for. Tonnes of standard kit, beautifully finished interior, and the best seats in the class by a country mile. But, due to LEX clearly being in bed with BMW the deal just wasn’t competitive enough in terms of pound notes, but perhaps I should have thought beyond that given the amount of kit - I miss ACC and adaptive lane assist so much from my old car.
I love my 5, but I think there’s some questionable things about it - particularly the build quality. It’s been plagued with rattles, and the brakes squeal like a new born baby despite several days in the dealer to try and rectify. It will not be on the list again when I come to renew.