Interesting first drive review here of the Audi A1 quattro. Enjoy!
It yields a chunky, postive if not short or super-quick transition between the ratios that are set to keep the 2.0-litre engine bubbling. Its binary power delivery is also retro-rally fayre, best exploited in bursts of grunt, scored by the turbo that fizzes intensely after a moment of lag.
In this car’s context, the only drawback of not pairing the EA113 engine with a dual-clutch gearbox is the lack of the enjoyable upshift ‘blap’ from the exhaust. What you do get beyond the quiet idle is a bassy growl as revs rise, settling to a bearable drone when cruising.
Brake-pedal travel is short but the stoppers are both easily modulated and effective.
As you’d expect, traction off the line is excellent, while Warwickshire in November’s Quattro-friendly slippery country roads laid bare plenty of stickiness on the bends, and made ESP-curbing ‘sport’ mode a perfectly comfortable choice. Unlike other A1s, the Quattro’s traction control can be completely disabled by choosing ‘track’.