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
Tempelhof closed a couple of years back, so when we bowl up in the A1 it feels spooky to be at an airport with no security. We park bang in front for a while, then drive down a tunnel into the gate areas. The building's maintenance crews are soon affably asking us about the car.
They like the look of it, and especially the cabin. Which is what most people say as our day in the city goes on. Germans in the street are always a lot more car-literate, and less inhibited about talking to you about cars than Britons. It's a characteristic they share with Italians, though their actual views and priorities diverge wildly. Italians, even the priests and monks, want to know about power and speed. Germans ask you about price, fuel economy and bootspace.