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Audi A1 e-tron: Ride report

Audi A1 e-tron

Interesting ride report here with the Audi A1 e-tron.

What’s it like?

Genuinely exceptional. Even though our test drive was on a circuit, it’s hard to believe that the e-tron is not showroom ready. In fact, much of development was completed in virtual reality and real-world trials with members of the public began in Paris this summer.

In pure electric mode it is swift and quiet and handles very tidily. Despite the extra weight of the range extender running gear, the A1 had enough verve to be interesting.

Under hard acceleration it is satisfyingly quick and impressively noiseless. After a few laps of the circuit (which was laid out to imitate town driving) and a few full-bore accelerative runs, I lamented to the engineer in the passenger seat that ‘I hadn’t got the Wankel engine to kick in’.

In fact, it had, four times. It was so quiet, so well insulated and so inherently smooth running I just hadn’t noticed. Audi claims that further refinement improvements are in the pipeline.