Review of Audi A1. Little car with big heart.

Audi A1 - compact class car in the premium segment, presented on March 4, 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. Hatchback Audi A1 is based on the three-door Volkswagen Polo V.

Design

Design-car project was submitted on 19 October 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, and was shaped like a Audi A3. Audi A1 shorter than Audi A3 about 25 cm It is also decorated with recognizable grille Audi Single frame. However, the Audi A1 is it different beveled upper corners. Around the body passes line, called the "line of the tornado".

With the xenon headlights mounted LED daytime running lights, familiar from other models of Audi. The rear lights, like Audi Q5, fully integrated into the trunk lid. Since its launch in Germany, xenon headlights and LED tail lights are only offered as an option (in the different sets of lighting fixtures).

Engines and suspension

However, Audi would not be themselves, if satisfied with a striking design and a premium level of equipment. The task was ambitious - to create a car that would be the most athletic in the class.

When creating a great deal of attention was paid to A1 chassis tuning, in particular, the distribution of axle load. Thus, the front axle is necessary from 61 to 63% of the weight of the car - a relatively low figure. This ratio reaches a certain design decisions - such as the battery is installed under the luggage compartment. The front suspension used MacPherson construction with lower triangular wishbones, but the back - traditional for this class of beam with stabilizer bar.

The initial version of the gasoline engine, the new 1,2 TFSI (85 hp), is paired with a five-speed manual transmission and accelerates up to 60mph of 11.7 seconds. His main factor - cost. However, the more powerful 1,4 TFSI (122 hp), which can work in pair with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and with "robot", is endowed with quite modest appetite - just 5.3 liters per 100 km for the manual transmission and 5.2 for S tronic.