those comparsions must be taken with a grain of salt. car and driver just did a similar one except it was a 530i instead of a 545. out of 8 cars the bimmer came in 6th. first was the infiniti m45. would buy an infiniti over a bimmer?
the magazines never mention how these cars will age. take a look at a ten year bimmer (any model) they are distinct, poised, classy automobiles. then, take a look at a ten year old acura, lexus, or infiniti (these makes all edged out the bimmer). they look generic, unintersting, and bland. not classy at all.
it is true that the japanese know how to make a reliable vehicle. we all know that.
they have yet to figure out how to make a car with that extra "spice" that extra degree of elegance that no numbers on the track can measure.