I do find issue with not having enough rear seat room. In many of these smaller RWD sports sedans, I can't fit a rear facing child seat without moving the drivers seat up, which doesn't leave me comfortable. As well, I regularly have adult passengers and it would be nice to have enough room for them. It's pretty sad that my 2002 Protege has better rear seat room than an A4, C-Class, 3-Series, ATS, G37, and IS.
I agree. I know it slightly dampens the spirit of the sport sedan, but for my everyday requirements, I regularly need to transport my three kids (in various stages of child seating) and at other times, 1 or 2 adults. I also require significant trunk space on a regular basis, and I found the ATS' to be too small for me - although it would be fine for many folks.
These things sound trivial when looking at the sport factor in a sedan, but in the end, I'd have to put my money on something I can also live with when it comes to utility. I wish I didn't need those things and I could buy a 2-seat trunkless wonder. But that's not the case right now.
I agree with you 100%.
Anyone with a family (2 or more kids) middle-aged or older will not buy this car.
This car, as good as it may be, is targeted at a younger buyer who isn't bothered by shuttling kids in the back and won't complain about a stiff ride for the sake of corner carving. This car is NOT a family member, it's a fun toy for a younger driver.
(I do take my 3 kids to daycare everyday in my 3-series. It's NOT fun)Question
is - will a younger buyer find $55k
for a toy like this? And if they do, won't they look at the Audi S4 with a proper (supercharged) V6 which will mop the floor with this 2.0T ATS and starts at $53k?
I personally find this review positive to the extreme. In my research, I usually discard both extremes (positive and negative) as not thorough and/or objective. Is the ATS flawless even for its intended purpose? Doubt it.
The car is good on its own but the review is a