The Citroën DS4 has been voted European Gay Car of the Year 2012. The title was awarded by website Legorda.fr, which devotes itself to promoting gay and gay-friendly car clubs and events around the world. Past European Gay Car winners have included everything from the wildly expensive Aston Martin DB9 Volante, which starts at more than $200,000, to chic urban runabouts like the Mini Convertible and Fiat 500. In France, the entry-level DS4 costs approximately $27,500.
Based on the Citroën C4 hatchback, the DS4 includes more upscale features, a slightly sportier exterior, and a posh cabin with leather seats and metallic trim sprinkled on the dash and center console. This is the first time a four-door has won European Gay Car honors, rather than a more traditionally seductive coupe or convertible. Citroën nearly took top honors last year with its DS3 hatchback, but fell one point short of the curvaceous Peugeot RCZ coupe.
According to Legorda.fr, “Citroën does help a bit by calling the DS4 a 4-door coupé and by concealing the (handles of the) rear doors.” At a glance, the DS4 has all the style of a coupe, yet with the added functionality that comes with those extra doors and rear hatch. There are six engines available, three gasoline and three diesel-powered, and the most economical models deliver more than 50-mpg during highway driving.
Visit Citroën’s (French) website and “configurez” your own DS4 here.