Two compact, fun-driving automobiles that pack a big punch with European flair
2016 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD
The FIAT brand has made great strides within the past few years regarding styling, customer satisfaction and price. Their all-new 2016 FIAT 500X Lounge further supports this automaker’s surge, providing drivers and passengers with a plethora of plusses. From the exterior highlighted with curvy Italian allure to an impressively spacious cabin for four adults, leather bucket seats, a 2.4-liter engine under the hood controlled by a 9-speed automatic transmission, remote start, all-wheel-drive, a rear back-up camera, blind spot detection, and 18-inch rims, this crossover will confidently turn heads on the regular.
Other standouts include the 6.5-inch touch screen and navigation enhancing the Uconnect System; a dynamic control selector; remote start; keyless entry; and high safety marks thanks in part to seven airbags and steel frame. Compete with nimble handling, a dual-paned power sunroof, a true “lounge” feel due to its ample roominess, gas at a combined 24 miles per gallon, and a base price of $26,900, this FIAT continuously provides the sensation of hitting the picturesque Venice streets in style.
Base price: $26,900; $31,145 as reviewed with options.
Gas mileage: 21 MPG city/30 highway/ 24 combined
For more information, visit www.fiatusa.com
2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic
To offer a car under $40,000 among the prestigious Audi brand demonstrates their recognition to satisfy a growing market of economical customers who still demand high quality for what they can afford. The 2016 Q3 all-wheel drive compact crossover has been redesigned to stay a competitor in its market with alterations to the grille, bumper, and lights in front and back to name a few. Its standard features are also gracious, including front and rear parking sensors; 18-inch five-arm turbine wheels; a tire pressure monitoring system; panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade; and signature six-speed Tiptronic transmission (creating a more manual feel) powered by a 2.0-liter engine boasting 200 horses.
An optional—and recommended—Technology package ($2,600) includes Audi Connect, navigation, and the safety assuring Audi side assist for oncoming traffic. This fine compact SUV offers prized German engineering, technology enhancements and a reasonable price that will surely satisfy auto enthusiasts lucky enough to drive one. Look for the Prestige package as well, complete with an S line exterior package, full LED headlights, dynamic rear turn signals, 19-inch wheels and BOSE Surround Sound system pumping 465 watts of power.
Base price: $35,800; $40,300 as reviewed with options and destination charge.
Gas mileage: 20 MPG city/28 highway/ 23 combined
For more information, visit www.audiusa.com.