The axle design of the new Audi A1 Sportback delivers agile handling and a sporty, poised driving experience with precise directional stability as well as a safe and neutral cornering ability.
The front suspension is a McPherson construction with lower wishbones and cast aluminum pivot bearings. The A1 Sportback is equipped up front with coil springs and telescopic gas-filled shock absorbers. A compact, lightweight torsion beam axle with integrated stabilizer is used in the rear.
The new A1 Sportback is fitted with speed-dependent, electromechanical power steering, which reacts sensitively and works with high efficiency. The electronic stability control (ESC) completes the handling qualities of the new A1 Sportback perfectly.
The configuration of the customer’s choice: three options
Audi offers three different suspension configurations for the new A1 Sportback. Besides the basic suspension, there is an option for a tauter sport suspension. The top version comes in the form of the third option—the sporty suspension with adjustable dampers.
Two dynamic packages bundle equipment options to give the A1 Sportback an even sportier trim. These include the sport suspension, red brake calipers and larger brake discs (except 2.0 TFSI). In addition to the adjustable dampers, the dynamic package “Performance” also features a sound actuator and Audi drive select.
Four modes for an individual driving sensation: Audi drive select
The new A1 Sportback rolls off the production line with the Audi drive select dynamic handling system as an option. With it, drivers can select from four modes that influence the driving characteristics: Auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual. In the base configuration, Audi drive select affects the power steering and the engine characteristic. Optional components, such as the S tronic, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function, cruise control, start-stop system, engine sound and sport suspension with adjustable dampers are connected to the dynamic handling system.
Supreme control: the brake system
The brake system of the new A1 Sportback can be precisely metered and provides a responsive, taut pedal feel. The vented front discs measure 276 millimeters (10.9 in) in diameter; the rear discs 230 millimeters (9.1 in). With the optional dynamic package, the discs measure 312 mm (12.3 in) up front and 272 mm (10.7 in) in the rear. Another option available in the Audi A1 Sportback is the hold assist, which enhances safety by preventing the car from rolling after stopping on uphill or downhill slopes.
Designs in four dimensions: the wheels
Audi offers a broad range of wheels for the new A1 Sportback. Depending the engine variant, 15, 16 or 17-inch wheels are standard. Alloy wheels in four sizes from 15 to 18 inches, including a 17-inch wheel with black or platinum gray inserts are available as options or as part of the “advanced” and “S line” equipment packages.
*Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.