"A unique and special experience if practicality not essential"4.0 starson by JP2525
Pros: design, feel, performance
Cons: minimal rear seats and abysmal ipod integration, no spare tire
Summary: 1. The feel. This is a very special car to drive and just makes you feel good.
2. Driving experience - Exciting ! Especially given lack of a clutch, 4 choices of interchangeable transmission controls allow one to switch back and forth effortlessly between fully "automatic" for urban traffic to more aggressive sports mode and/or total control 6 speed paddle shifting when you get the chance. Some people miss the clutch - I don't. Never a shortage of power for anything that you need. The brakes are superb in emergency (as I discovered this week when someone in front of me stopped on the highway without warning - my previous cars would've plowed straight into the fellow)
3. Cabin. Totally stylish and plenty of room in the front ,even for a 6ft2 friend of mine. Getting in and out is a bit awkward though. The rear seats are almost pointless but sort of fit my dog (she's not happy there though). Storage space for the cabin is terrible - this is particularly a problem asleaving your stuff on the seat just spoils the look of the magnificent interior lines.
4. Entertainment/GPS console. The ipod integration is a sham, unless you can remember that song 32 on track 4 is the one you want to listen to. However, two SD card slots behind the sliding console are great and provide track information. The bose sound system is excellent. The GPS is accurate but has some idiosyncracies e.g. some major stores are not on the points of interest (e.g. homeDepot)whereas it lists all the courthouses in the land (? for contesting the speeding tickets this car encourages). Also, the technology feels dated compared to many others BUT reception is excellent with no loss of signal found yet.
5. some great options eg xenon directional lighting, magnetic suspension, rear parking radar, tire pressure monitor in dash (surprisingly useful as rear view is limited despite huge rear window), etc.. plenty of trunk space but no rear tire or even jack included in some models (mine included).
Summary: Though looks small it is actually bigger than it appears. After 9 months of driving my 3.2 coupe s-tronic quattro through a snowy northeastern winter and now a summer confirm this as a safe, exciting year around fun vehicle that has so far proven very reliable. An excellent choice if practicality is not essential