Re: What premium car brand
BMW - good engines but weird design
Audi - VERY boring to drive
Jaguar - don't like the new design, too much Ford in there
Would probably stick to something Italian (used Maserati, new Fiat Bravo)
As we get Lancia over here, that might be an option. Had two Kappa (2.0 5-cylinder and 3.0 Arese V6), they were really excellent although the design was not that great. A Lancia Thesis would be nice, although very hard to sell as it was a complete flop.
Lexus aren't bad either. Drove a new GS300 which was really very comfortable, but not sporty at all. Maybe an IS, although I'm not sure that its engines are that great.