Audi A1: city slacker
There’s been plenty of hype around Audi’s A1, not a little of it coming from Audi itself. We take the new city runabout for a spin in Berlin
Posted: 03 Sep 2010
Then there are the dynamics. A later sprint into the countryside proves what the town has been telling me. This car has a gummy, unenthusiastic suspension. It's got none of the vivacity you find in a Mini or DS3. It's vice-free and stable, feeling more like an A4-sized car really. The steering is accurate but over-damped. And on small bumps the ride's pretty lumpy, especially in the S-Line, though over bigger potholes and ridges it has a travel that the Mini lacks, so never really punishes you.
It turns out Audi took over the Polo's platform and simple suspension system pretty much wholesale. The only suspension components they altered were the elastic parts: springs, dampers, bushes. It sits lower, and the track is wider because of different wheels. But it just feels over-tyred and unsophisticated, grippy but unengaging. I prefer the more fluent honesty of the Polo.