Need a small but sexy car that can keep pace with your life? There’s a new kid on the block now that Audi has launched its “baby A1” – designed to take on the Mini Cooper and Citroën DS. So at 3.95m long, how does this compact car size up?
Ride And Handling
The ride is responsive and there’s decent power for overtaking. When driving a zippy car, you also want to feel snug. A clever ESP stabilisation program with electronic limited slip differential has your back. But you can also turn the traction control off, which hands control over to you.
Style and Space
Although it lacks the imagination of its counterparts, for a hatch it’s pretty roomy and the boot is decent – twice the size of the Mini’s.
The low fuel consumption (you won’t pay CO2 tax on three models) and the eco stop/start technology: it shuts down the engine once the car has come to a stop (like in a traffic jam or at the traffic lights) and comes to life as
you push the clutch in again.
No more scrabbling around in your bag for keys! A sensor picks up that your keys are
somewhere in that black hole and unlocks the door when you touch the handle. Once inside, just press “start”.
Prices from R253 000