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
We head off across the city on the urban motorway network. Hmmm, this 1.6 diesel is a bit gruff, and none too lively. In an S-Line car of these ambitions, 0-62 in 10.5secs doesn't really cut it. But at least the torque spread is wide and even, so you can relax about timing your gearshifts. Only five gears in the 'box too, and a slow shift with it. Luckily, things are better on the petrol front: there's a much more agreeable 122bhp 1.4 TSi that has low-down torque, a sweetness high up and easily beats a petrol Mini Cooper for real-world acceleration, thanks to its turbo.