Well, folks, it’s that time again: ordering my next leased vehicle. I went round and round on what I wanted to do this time and thought I’d settled on the newest instance of the A3 to make it to the States. But the more I thought about getting a little sedan, the less excited I found myself. I’ve enjoyed my S60 and all of it’s sedan-ish-ness, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something so practical and quirky about a European car with a hatch.
As the next A3 Sportback is not destined to make an appearance here for another model year without all wheel drive I figured the Q3 would be my absolute best bet. I’ve liked it since its debut to the world in 2011 and have been struck by it every time I see one on an out-of-country excursion. And it reminds me of the A3 I had in 2009, especially with those weird toggle style temperature controls. Plus, the familiar zippy handling definitely didn’t hurt its case. So a Florett Silver/Chestnut Brown example is being assembled in Wolfsburg for me over these next couple of weeks. Expect much fretting and nerdy levels of tracking in the days ahead.