Audi A1 Sportback Side/Back View (2012)
Audi A1

Ride and Handling

This car has the same suspension set-up as the A1 three-door. It is engineered with MacPherson struts at the front end and torsion beam at the rear. On standard 16-inch wheels the A1 rides comfortably and the handling is quite grippy and assured. Calling this car a Sportback, Audi likes to portray it as something quite sporty, and while it is a pleasingly fun drive, it is not really as sporty as the marketing might have you believe.

Ease of Use

The extra doors bring s significant benefit in terms of convenience and ease of use, while making little difference to the car’s aesthetics. Back passengers have just a little more headroom and shoulder space than in the three-door. The impression when sitting in the back is a little less claustrophobic than in the Hatch, thanks to having a door on either side of you instead of fixed bodywork. Rear seat legroom is the same as in the three-door, and it is big enough for adults, although you probably wouldn’t welcome a long journey seated three abreast in the back. For the external dimensions, kneeroom inside the car is quite reasonable. A six-footer can sit in the back behind a similarly lofty driver, but will have his knees touching the seat-back.

Although a four-seater version of the A1 Sportback is offered in mainland Europe, all of the cars for the UK will have five seats. The boot size is exactly the same as in the A1 Hatch, at 270 litres, but in the Sportback there is the bonus of back seats that fold down to let you extend the carrying capacity to a more useful 920 litres. The towing capacity is 1,200 kg.

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