Gay Car Geek: 2016 Audi Q3

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More proof that sexy things do indeed come in small packages

Size matters. It really does. Anyone who tells you it doesn’t is lying.

I’m talking about cars, of course (what were you thinking of?) and for most people looking for a new ride, one of the most important considerations beyond its looks is size. How many butts do I like to have around me? How much car can by garage take? And of And of course, there’s that pesky matter of money. Now more than ever, bigger is not always better.

Bigger is usually sexier, though, so it’s remarkable to come across—not that way, dirty birdy—a car like the Audi Q3, a versatile and handsome crossover that manages to be both very small and very sexy. Shrink-wrapping most of what’s good with Audi’s other crossovers, namely the Q5 and Q7, the Q3 is fully equipped with tons of technology, including Google Maps-equipped navigation and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also coddles with optional leather—a must in my book.

Apart from its looks, the advantages of small cars like the Q3 are relatively obvious. Parking is a cinch, especially when aided and abetted by beeps and cameras to mitigate blind spots. Indeed, if you knick or bump into stuff in this car, you’re not paying attention and should probably get out and take an Uber. The Q3 is also spacious, but not so big that your Miata-driving friends will be asking to borrow your car on moving day. And being so small, the Q3 is far less thirsty than its larger siblings.

That said, its turbocharged engine is far from slow. Handling is light and nimble—another hallmark of midget motorcars—yet it retains much of the high-speed stability and viscerality that makes German cars the envy of the industry.

 

2016 Jaguar F-Type V-6 S Coupe
Base Price: $78,295
Power: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (380 hp, 339 lb-ft of torque)
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy mpg (EPA est): 15­–19/24­­–27

Or you could buy:
BMW X1
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Mini Cooper S Countryman

 


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