The Audi A1, while compact, received a top score of five stars for crash safety from the Euro NCAP.
“Euro NCAP’s demanding test requirements far exceed the standards of European lawmakers, Audi said in a statement. “The testers gave the A1 scores for adult occupant protection in frontal, rear and side impact collisions that easily earned the vehicle the top rating of five stars. The very good scores for child occupant protection underscore the excellent results.”
To enhance safety, the Audi A1 also comes standard with high-performance ESP stabilization system with electronic limited slip differential, which is one of the first items in the requirements specification for the development of the Audi A1. This system is responsible for the A1’s high stability and very neutral handling in corners. The A1 scores extremely well in independent comparison tests.
Refresher: The 2011 Audi A1 will go on sale in Europe later this year with prices starting around 16,000 euros ($22,062 USD). Power will come from a lineup of 4-cylinder engines, which consists of two TDI diesels and two TFSI gasoline units with output ranging from 84-hp to 122-hp. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission, fuel-economy will range from 44 mpg and 62 mpg. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Audi unveiled the A1 1.4 TFSI powered by a 1.4L direct-injected Twincharger 4-cylinder making 185-hp.
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– By: Omar Rana