Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Inside is a handbrake operated by an actual hand, and a gearstick connected to a six-speed 'box. The steering is electrically assisted rather than hydraulic, but there's no speed-sensitive nonsense. In other words, this is about as analogue as Audis get these days, and that's a very good thing indeed. Start the engine, and it settles into a fairly mechanical idle, with its new quad exhausts throbbing away. It's bursting with energy, this thing, and delivers its torque in a big dollop between 1,600 and 3,000rpm. You'll need to work through the 'box fairly briskly to make the most of it, shifting up before it runs softly into the limiter. It might be punchy, but it's not overly revvy.