Soooo… For a variety of reasons, all of which make sense to me but, likely, to no one else, I’m thinking seriously of getting a new car in the spring (no way I’m getting a new car right before winter here). I really like my current ride (a Golf R), but I really, really want a two-door, sportier-looking, and, yes, more upscale car. I’ve never owned anything but economy cars or mainstream family sedans (two eighties-era muscle cars, a Stang and a Camaro, were sort of exceptions, but not exactly luxury cars either). I’ve also always, always wanted an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. I have zero interest in Japanese cars simply because, as good as they are, the styling and general vibe don’t do it for me (and, um, there are no Lexus or Infiniti dealers here anyhow). The US makers have exactly, um, zero cars I want, given that AWD is mandatory; the car will be my only vehicle, a daily driver that will see at least five months of snow tire winter-style driving.
So I’m in a position where this can happen, and I’m wondering if anyone has experience with any of the models that are on my short list. Oh, I’m also sort of limited by of all things my garage, which is pretty small due to the kitchen being expanded by the last owners into the garage space. My current car is around 165" long; I can fit in up to maybe 185-ish (though at one point I had a Ford Fusion which supposedly was 192", but I have no idea how I did that). And it’s not the widest either, though I don’t think that’s an issue really. I could swap with my wife’s SUV in the other bay, but that would put her in a position of having to be very very precise each time she drives in, and that’s kind of unfair. So length is actually a factor.
So, relatively small (I love small cars in general), relatively short, German, two doors, AWD. Not…a long list. My short list is:
BMW 240i xDrive Small, fast, sexy, but interior is meh for the cost, no Android Auto, but it does get adaptive suspension.
BMW 440i xDrive Modest size, uber-sexy looks, nice color options, solid performance, same other issues as the 2-series, with the added annoyance that sure as shootin’ there will be a refreshed version based on the new 3-series…sometime in the next few years
Audi A5 Modest size, stellar interior, very good performance from a 4-banger, infotainment system very nice and would let me keep my SD-card based music and Android Auto; downsides are color choices for the interior are limited, no adaptive suspension option, same engine (EA888) that I have now, though the AWD system ins different
Audi S5 Amazing six, gorgeous interior with the colors I want, steep price considering I don’t really need mid-300 HP oomph, but does have the adaptive suspension option
Audi TT/TTS The base TT is a sweet, light, sports car with modest (220 HP) but very light weight and a beautiful cockpit; no adaptive suspension, color choices on the interior are limited, and would I be ok paying that much for what is essentially an AWD GTI with a sexy body? The TTS is a legitimate speedster, but it has nearly the exact same drivetrain as my current car (sans manual), yet costs a hell of a lot more. It is drop-dead sexy, and has the adaptive suspension at least.
I really am not considering a C-class because, while the interiors are quite nice, to get all the Mercedes-level stuff the price comes out uniformly more than the Audis, and the actual performance specs are not as good. The exception is the C43, but the cost gets stratospheric fast.
So, anyone with any first-hand experience with these cars? I drive maybe 8000 miles year and am looking for fun a sporty./luxury balance that is definitely more on the casual performance side. I like cars to be precise, tight, and responsive, as well as quick and nimble; I plan to test drive these in the spring, assuming our one dealer per brand (and the BMW and Mercedes dealer is one and the same) actually get in anything remotely like what I want. I am probably going to end up having them get one from somewhere nearby, in NH or MA or NY, most likely.
But input would be appreciated, from anyone with experience.