2013 Audi A1 quattro - Road Test [XCAR]

The idea of stuffing a giant engine into the most inappropriate of spaces has been floating around for ages, with the Audi A1 Quattro this idea has been taken to something of an extreme.

The Audi A1 is a lovely little car. It’s small, unassuming, popular, well made and really good to drive. Its build quality is up there with Audi standards, as are its engines. Like the cars it shares its platform with (the SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia & VW Polo, in case you didn’t know) it’s perfect for the hustle and bustle of the city.

However, unlike its VW Group stablemates, it doesn’t have a properly ‘hot’ variant. Yes, the 1.4TSI has the same engine as the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, VW Polo GTI and Skoda Fabia vRS, but it’s just another car in the line up. There’s no S1 lurking in the wings.

This is where the A1 Quattro comes in to play. Its tiny engine bay has been stuffed with the 2.0-litre turbo motor from the last generation Audi S3. Its 252bhp makes it, unsurprisingly, rather sprightly. It’ll see off the 0-62mph dash in 5.7seconds and hit 152mph.

Audi A1 quattro:
Engine: 2.0-litre four cyl turbo petrol
Power: 252bhp
Torque: 258lb ft
0-60mph: 5.7seconds
Top speed: 152mph

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