10년동안 현대차만 벌써 4대째다. 

① 첫번째 차 : 2002년식 아반테 5도어 해치백 1600cc 가솔린 (실버) : 7만3천km 정도 뛰었고, 580만원정도에 SK엔카에 중고로 판매...

② 두번째 차 : 2005년 NF 소나타 2000cc 가솔린 (실버) : 2100만원 정도에 구입해서 3만km 정도 뛰었다. i30사면서 현대 대리점에 1380만원에 넘김...   

③ 세번째 차 : 2008년 i30 1600cc 디젤 프리미어 : 1950만원에 구입, 5만6천km 정도 뛰었고, 1230만원에 중고 판매 --> [이전글] 2008/01/05 - i30 디젤 구입기 및 시승기 / 장단점 분석...

네번째 차로 독일산 해치백을 고집하는 집사람의 주장으로 골프나, 미니, A3등을 수차례 시승해보긴 했으나, 올 초 등장한 신형 i30 시승 한방으로, 결국 i30 재구입 완료... (개인적으로는 레이가 너무 귀여워서 끝까지 레이를 밀어붙였으나 기아 대리점 어디에서도 시승을 해 볼수는 없었다. 차값도 1600만원이 넘는데, 시승없이 그냥 사라는 것도 마음에 들지 않았지만, 실제 운전을 해볼 수가 없으니, 더더욱 집사람을 설득시킬 수도 없었다. 경차니까 그냥 대충~ 사라??)

★ 가솔린 1.6 GDi 블루세이버 오토 차량 가격

- 기본가격 1965만원 + 옵션 (인텔리전트 내비게이션 + 후방카메라 + 가죽시트) 155만원 = 2120만원

- 기타 부대 비용 : 단기의무보험료 3,200원 + 취득세/등록세 1,214,370원 + 공채 124,800원 + 증지대 2,000원 + 차량번호판 28,000원 = 약 140만원

- 총 가격 : 약 2260만원

★ 출고 : 블루세이버 트림 + 산토리니 블루 칼라 + 풀옵션을 선택했더니, 계약후, 인수까지무려 3주나 걸렸음... 

★ 기본 제원 비교

 

 구형 i30 가솔린

 신형 i30 GDi
블루세이버

구형 i30 디젤

신형 i30 디젤

 전장 (mm)

 4245

4300

 4245

4300

 전폭 (mm)

 1775

1780

 1775

1780 

 전고 (mm)

 1480

1470

 1480

1470 

 무게 (kg) 
자동변속기

 1247

1210 

 1328

1290 

 연비 (km/l)

 13.8

17.3 

 16.5

20.0 

 최고출력
(ps/rpm)

 124/6200

140/6300 

 117/4000

128/4000 

 최대토크
(kgm/rpm)

 15.9/4700

17.0/4850 

 26.5/2000

26.5/1900~2750 


★ 구형에 비해 확실히 좋아진 점

1) 디자인 : 역동적이면서도 지저분하지 않고, 스타일리쉬하다. 폭스바겐 골프등과 비교해 봐도 월등한 느낌이다. 국내에서 구입가능한 어떤 해치백과 비교해도 밀리지 않는다.

2) 승차감 : 전체적인 느낌은 독일차처럼 단단해졌지만, 승차감은 더 편안해졌다. 과속방지턱을 넘을때도 구형은 조금 꿀렁(?)거려 은근히 신경쓰였는데, 신형은 그렇지 않다. 부드럽고 빠르게 훌쩍 넘어선다. 베리굿...

3) 가속력 : GDI 1.6은 구형 디젤 1.6과 비교해서 전혀 뒤떨어지지 않는다. 조용하면서도 힘이 넘친다. 현대자동차 특유의 초기 가속력도 매우 좋다. 살짝만 밟아도 부웅~ 나간다는 얘기... 

4) 주행시 안정감 : 이부분이 특히 독일차스러워졌다. 코너링할때나 고속주행시, 운전자 의지대로 조종이 가능하다는 믿음감이 조금(?) 생겼다. (그렇다고 골프정도의 수준은 아님...) 가속시나 감속시의 위화감도 없다. 그저 물흐르듯이 부드럽다. 너무 과한 칭찬인가 싶지만, 일단 지금 생각은 그렇다. 다만, 120km/h 정도가 넘으면서 부터는 조금씩 불안해진다.  

5) 정숙성 : 어떨 땐 마치 전기차나 하이브리드차를 운전하고 있는 것처럼 조용하면서도 민첩하다. 물론, 바로 이전까지 승용디젤을 타고 있어서 더 그럴지도 모르겠다. 저속에서나 고속에서나 흠잡을때없이 조용하다.  

6) 전방시야 : 구형보다 많이 시원해졌다. 프리우스와 느낌이 비슷하다.

7) 오르간 타입 악세레타 페달 : 부드럽고 편안하다. 구형대비 완전 마음에 드는 부분...

8) 깜빡이와 와이퍼 조작 스위치 : 절도감이 확실히 좋아졌고, 단단해진 느낌이다. 사실 구형은 너무 장난감같은 느낌이라 조금만 힘을 줘서 조작해도 부러질것만 같은 느낌이었다.

9) 콘솔 : 수납공간이 훨씬 깊어졌다. 역시 만족스럽다.

10) 하이패스 리어뷰 미러 : 더이상 하이패스 단말기를 윈드쉴드에 부착할 필요가 없다. (하이패스 카드만 끼운다고 되는게 아니고, 블루핸즈 A/S 센터가서 기기등록을 해야 한다.)

11) 후방 카메라 : 필요 없을 것 같았는데, 실제 써보니 나쁘지 않다. 다만, 후방 주차 카메라에만 의존하여 주차시 실제 사이드미러로 보는 것과는 느낌이 조금 달라, 아직 어색하긴 하다. 

12) 시트 : 역시 구형대비 더 단단해졌고, 몸도 잘 잡아준다. 천연 가죽시트 옵션 굿~  

13) ISG : 연비개선에 초점을 맞춘 블루세이버 트림답게 정차시 자동으로 시동이 꺼져 연료를 아낄 수 있는 Idle Stop & Go 기능을 제공한다. 다만, 조건이 조금 까다롭다. 일단, 엔진이 일정온도 이상이어야 하고, 시트워머, 에어컨, 서리제거기능등을 사용중에는 동작하지 않을수도 있다. (결국, 한여름, 한겨울, 우천시에는 쓸모없다는 얘기... ㅡ,.ㅡ;;) 게다가, ISG가 동작하지 않으면 왜 정차중에 시동이 자동으로 꺼지지 않는지 궁금해서 은근히 신경이 쓰인다. 어떻게 하면 다시 ISG가 동작한다고 클러스터 LCD에 설명을 해줬으면 좋겠다. 

※ ISG기능과 블랙박스 카메라와의 관계 : 주차녹화기능을 사용하게 되면, 배터리가 계속 소모되어 ISG기능이 제대로 동작하지 않는다. 블루핸즈에 문의해보니, 70% 이상 배터리가 남아있어야 ISG가 동작한다고 함. 따라서, 주차녹화기능을 꺼놓거나 아예 시거잭에 전원을 연결해야 원활한 ISG 사용이 가능하다. 

14) GPS : 그동안 외장형 사제 네비만 써왔었는데, 순정으로 매립하니 이렇게 편하고 깔끔 할 수가 없다. 특히 GPS가 순간에 바로 연결되어 깜짝 놀랐다. 네비뿐만이 아니라 전반적인 AVN시스템의 동작속도 또한 무척 만족스럽다. 이래서 다들 순정네비를 쓰나보다. 굿~

15) HID헤드램프 + LED 포지셔닝 램프 : 구형대비 램프가 훨씬 밝아졌고, LED 포지셔닝 램프는 특히 밤에 멋지다.

16) 사이드 미러 : 걸윙도어처럼 살짝 위로 접혀져 은근히 멋지고, 구형보다 날렵한 모습도 나쁘지 않다.  





★ 거의 단점을 찾아볼 수 없지만, 굳이 사소한 몇가지 언급하자면... 

1) 스티어링 휠 : 단단한 느낌은 구형보다 확실히 나아졌다. 다만, 조금만 더 묵직했으면 좋았을 뻔 했다. 스티어링휠의 느낌을 스포츠, 노말, 콤포트, 이렇게 3개로 선택할 수 있는 신기능을 집중적으로 광고했었던 기억인데, 노말, 콤포트 2가지는 너무 가벼워서 사실상 유명무실하고, 그냥 스포츠모드로 고정하고 타면 된다. (물론, 이것은 지극히 개인적인 의견이고, 가벼운 휠을 선호하는 사람들한테는 꽤 만족스러울 수도 있겠다.)

2) 시계 : AVN 옵션을 다니, 외장시계가 따로 없고, AVN 내부에서만 시계를 표시하는데, 눈에 잘 띄지 않아 좀 불편하다. 게다가, 네비에서는 시계위치가 좌측으로 옮겨지고 크기도 작아져서 더 눈에 띄지 않는다. 그냥 디지털 외장시계 하나 달아줬으면 참 좋겠구만...  

3) DMB 버그 : DMB를 볼륨/파워 knob으로 OFF하면, 화면이 네비로 진입하게 되는데, 갑자기 DMB가 다시 켜지고 백그라운드에서 소리가 나오기 시작한다. ㅡ,.ㅡ;; 좀 황당한 버그이긴 하지만, 큰 문제는 아니다.

4) 연비 : 블루세이버 트림의 공인연비는 리터당 17.3km인데, 생각보다 만족스럽지 못하다. 예전 디젤때보다 공인연비는 더 높은 반면, 실연비는 훨씬 덜 나오는 듯한 느낌이다. 현재까지의 평균연비는 12.5km/리터 정도... (600km 주행)

5) 뒷 문짝 : 살짝 밀면 잘 닫기지 않는다. 생각보다 힘껏 밀어야 제대로 닫힘... 구형은 안 그랬음...

6) 운전석 유리 : 낮에는 대쉬보드 끝쪽 바람구멍이 유리에 비쳐 좀 난감하다. 선팅필름 때문인가...

7) 듀얼존 오토에어컨 : 운전석, 조수석의 온도를 각각 따로 세팅할수 있는 기능인데, i30에는 좀 과하다. 가뜩이나 공조버튼 많아 지저분하고 복잡한데 이 작은 차에 왜 넣었는지 모르겠다. 

8) 직진성 : 스티어링휠을 반듯이 유지해도 좌우로 조금씩 흐르는 듯한 느낌은 역시나 좀 아쉬운 부분...

9) 변속충격 : 감속이나 가속시 악셀에서 발을 떼면 조금 울컥하는 게 있다. 예민한 사람이라면 은근히 신경쓰일 수도 있겠다.


★ 결론 : 개인적으로 현빠라고 하기엔 좀 억울(?)하고, 아무래도 수입차를 살 용기가 없다고 하는 게 맞을 듯 한데... 일단, 가격대성능비로는 어떤 해치백도 따라올 모델이 없다. 가장 큰 경쟁자라고 생각되는 골프 1.6 TDi 블루모션 디젤 보다 무려 1000만원 정도 저렴한 순간 이미 게임 오버... 게다가 성능까지 엇비슷하니... 해치백 좋아하고, 가격에 민감하다면 여러모로 합리적인 선택이 될 것이다.

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  1. 김성수
    2012.05.03 08:56 신고
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    잘봤습니다
  2. 고냥
    2012.05.03 11:53 신고
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    i30 뽐뿌 땡기네요.
  3. 정지원
    2012.05.04 16:26 신고
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    잘 읽었습니다..
    마지막 글이, 제 생각과 같네요...
    현빠는 아니지만.,,현.기차를 구매할 수 밖에 없는 현실...ㅋ

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2010 뉴욕 오토쇼에서 포르테의 5도어 해치백 버전이 공개되었다. 리어 스타일이 너무 평범하지 않나 싶기도 하지만, 단단해 보이는 포르테의 포스만큼은 그대로이다. 엔진라인업은 1.6리터 기본에 156마력 2.0리터, 173마력 2.4리터 가솔린 (북미에만 출시)까지 탑재될 예정... 변속기는 6단 자동/수동... 기존 세단에 비해 약 7인치 정도 길어졌다고 하는데, 높이, 폭, 휠베이스등은 기존과 동일하다.

2010년 8월 국내 출시 예정이다. 야호~



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  1. BMW M3
    2010.04.06 09:45 신고
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    음....제발.....

    1.6 VGT 꼭 달고 나와야해요~!!

    휘발유는.....아니야~!!! 해치백에는 디젤이다1!!!ㅋㅋㅋ

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2010년 제네바 모터쇼 등장후, 바로 시판 예정이라는 알파 로메오의 쥴리에타 5도어 해치백... 1.4 가솔린엔진과 1.6(105마력), 2.0 (170마력) 디젤엔진등이 선택 가능하며, 마티즈 크리에이티브와 비슷하게 뒷좌석 손잡이가 창문쪽에 숨겨져 있고, 순정휠도 무척이나 근사하다... 전체 길이 4350mm, 폭은 1800mm, 높이는 1460mm... 해치백이 이정도는 되어야...

※ 아래는 오리지널 알파 로메오 쥴리에타 (1954년에서 1965년까지 생산)
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[이전글] 2008/07/10 - 귀여우면서도 섹시한 Alfa Romeo Mi.To



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렉서스 최초의 프리미엄 콤팩트 세그먼트 진입을 알리는 LF-CH 해치백 컨셉이 등장하였다. 5도어 하이브리드 (2.4리터 147마력 4기통 엔진 + 245V 배터리팩 = 총 187마력)인 LF-CH 컨셉은 전통적인 L-finesse 디자인 철학의 파워풀한 진보를 보여주고 있고, 새로운 형태의 대담한 그릴과 커다란 에어댐 역시 근사한 밸런스를 보여준다. 상세한 정보는 9월 15일 시작되는 프랑크푸르트 모터쇼에서 공개될 예정...



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    좌석 뒤쪽 스크린으로 아이폰이 붙어있네요 ;;

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아우디가 2007년 도쿄 모터쇼에서 선보였던 A1 메트로프로젝트 콰트로 (아래 동영상)에 기반한, 엔트리 모델 A1의 5도어 스포츠백 컨셉 스터디를 2008 파리모터쇼에 선보인다.



3.99m 길이에 1.75m의 너비 (미니 클럽맨과 전체 사이즈는 비슷함)를 지닌 A1 스포츠백은 아우디의 최신 하이브리드 파워트레인을 얹어 동급 최고수준의 연비를 자랑한다. 커다란 원프레임 그릴에 날카로운 헤드램프를 붙였고 18인치 휠과 와이드 보디를 살려 아우디 아이덴티티를 이어갔다. 

직렬 4기통 1.4L TFSI 150마력 엔진에 27마력 전동모터와 듀얼 클러치 방식의 S트로닉 변속기를 붙여 최고시속 200km/h, 0-100km/h 가속 7.9초의 고성능을 낸다. 서스펜션과 속도감응식 전동 스티어링 휠은 수퍼카 R8과 비슷한 구조다. 더욱 놀라운 것은 리터당 25.6km에 이르는 뛰어난 연비와 92g/km에 불과한 이산화탄소 배출량이다. 한편, 80마력의 1.2리터 엔진이 탑재된 버전도 출시예정.

내년초 벨기에에서 생산 진행 예정.



※ 아래는 아우디 공식 프레스 릴리즈

Audi unveils the Audi A1 Sportback concept study at the 2008 Paris Motor Show (October 2-10, 2008). Following on from the Audi A1 project quattro, the three-door show car presented in 2007, this is a concept for a five-door four-seater for the sub-compact class - once again exhibiting all the characteristics of a genuine Audi. The 3.99-meter long (13.09 ft) and 1.75-meter wide (5.74 ft) vehicle combines cutting-edge, dynamic styling with optimum economy of space and supreme quality. At the same time, a series of visionary technical solutions take efficiency, dynamism and motoring pleasure into new territory as only Audi knows how.

Audi is presenting another version of the innovative hybrid technology in the drive unit for the Audi A1 Sportback concept. At work under the hood is a 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 110 kW (150 hp), whose power is directed to the front wheels by means of the S tronic dual-clutch transmission. A 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor integrated in the drive train is able to deliver up to an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft) when the vehicle is accelerating. During the boosting phase, i.e. when the TFSI engine and electric motor operate simultaneously to enable a sporty driving style, the two power packs deliver impressive propulsion. The tried-and-tested front-wheel drive - supplemented by the newly developed, ESP-controlled active front differential lock - ensures optimum transfer of power to the road.

The electric motor is furthermore capable of powering the vehicle alone for zeroemission driving in residential areas, for instance. The capacity of the lithium-ion batteries gives the vehicle a range of up to 100 km (62.14 miles) in pure electric mode; the motor can be recharged from any power socket. The automatic start/stop facility, energy regeneration and phases of purely electrical operation reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of the Audi A1 Sportback concept by almost 30 percent compared to when it is running on the combustion engine alone. Despite its sporty performance, with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h (124.27 mph), the Audi A1 Sportback concept requires only 3.9 liters of premium fuel per 100 km (60.31 US mpg); CO2 emissions are an efficient 92 g/km (148.06 g/mile)

Exterior

The difference is not down to the two extra doors alone: the styling of the fivedoor concept vehicle is a consistent development of the three-door study, the Audi A1 project quattro from the year 2007. Surfaces and lines are distinctly tauter and more masculine.

The basic proportions, with a high vehicle body and a flat window area bordered by a coupe-like roof line, produce a virtually classic look for a vehicle bearing the four rings. The rear end is rounded off by a two-part spoiler with a striking centre groove, integrated into the rear window.

The side-on view presents another typical coupe attribute in the form of doors with frameless windows and a glass-covered and thus homogeneously integrated B-pillar. The bold segmentation of the study's side paneling with its gently rising shoulder line accentuates the styling.

The shoulder line of the Audi A1 Sportback concept with its Daytona Grey paint finish is a new interpretation of yet another trademark feature of the current Audi design. Here, the prominent double lines continue around the entire vehicle as a curvaceous band that links the front end - from which it seems to emerge - with the vehicle's tail, which rises to create a slightly wedge-shaped effect.

The aerodynamically designed single-frame grille indicates the sporty ambitions of the study, which are further emphasized by the flared fenders - a tribute to the legendary Ur-quattro design and the current Audi RS6.

The design of the three-dimensional main headlights in innovative LED technology is especially eye-catching. The completely new styling underlines yet again the amount of freedom that this technology has afforded to designers. All light functions - low-beam and high-beam headlights, daytime running lights and turn indicators - have been located in one flat housing, in concentrically arranged, parallel and squared-off strips.

The layout, with light segments of varying sizes - the low beam taking up most space - completely changes the character of the front section, the "face" of the Audi A1 Sportback concept.

The rear lights, too, continue this theme and combine the function of tail and brake lights, turn indicators, reversing and rear fog lights into an unmistakable design. The interplay of acute and obtuse angles and the clear and colored glass areas create a particularly dynamic look. A large-dimensioned, transparent cover over the entire width of the vehicle additionally combines both light units and emphasizes the horizontal design of the rear.

Like the three-door version, the body of the four-door Audi A1 Sportback concept makes optimum use of the small road surface area available to a vehicle from the premium compact class. Measuring 3.99 m long (13.09 ft) and 1.75 m wide (5.74 ft) with a wheelbase of 2.46 m (8.07 ft), it succeeds in combining sporty looks with impressive economy of space thanks to its short overhangs. The transverse installation of the engine also has a significant role to play in this respect. The third dimension of this compact, sporty car - i.e. the height - comes in at 1.40 meters (4.59 ft).

Interior

The interior, with its four individual seats and a surprisingly generous amount of spaciousness for this class, has a tidy, no-frills appearance. The curved, wraparound section combines the doors and the sporty cockpit into one single unit. The dashboard and center console are designed entirely around the driver.

Ergonomics and aesthetics unite to create an ambience of clear-cut architecture and high-class appeal. Details such as the turbine-look air vents and air conditioning controls seem to be straight out of a jet plane. This is where advanced form and precise function are combined in typical Audi fashion: air flow direction and volume can be regulated simply and intuitively by turning or pressing the control button in the centre of the vent.

The center console accommodates the integrated selector lever, only extended in drive select dynamic mode, the start/stop button for the engine, the switch for Audi drive select and the armrest with an integrated mobile phone pocket.

The sporty seats with integrated head restraints offer levels of comfort and ergonomics that far exceed the customary standards in the sub-compact class and live up to the expectations of a typical Audi. A transparent, mesh-like fabric covers the lightweight seat apertures, which further accentuates the airiness of the design.

The materials used for the interior trim appeal with their high-class looks and feel. The contrasting color scheme for the interior - white and red - emphasizes the feeling of spaciousness.

Audi mobile device - the second generation

Whereas the Audi A1 project quattro study featured its own mobile control unit for infotainment and vehicle systems, the Audi A1 Sportback concept takes one step further into the future: the driver can use his commercially available mobile phone (equipped accordingly) as a car phone, address database, navigation system and audio/video player. At the same time it can be used as a control unit for numerous vehicle systems in the Audi A1 Sportback concept. Several phones that are suitable for these functions are already available from various manufacturers.

All that is required is some additional software, which Audi will provide on the internet for the driver to download and install. He can then enter his route plan or adjust the sound system to his individual preferences, all from the comfort of his own home, for example.

The mobile phone and vehicle communicate via a fast WLAN connection, even over considerable distances.

The system also offers the user a security function: within the range of the WLAN it can constantly monitor the current status of the vehicle, for instance whether all windows and doors are closed. What's more, the additional software offers numerous comfort and convenience features such as continued destination guidance on the mobile device after the vehicle has been left in a car park. If the user sets a maximum parking time with the device, its navigation software leads him back to the Audi A1 Sportback concept - in good time of course, allowing for the current distance from the vehicle.

During the journey the mobile device demonstrates its strength as a portable media player. If the user listens to a song in a certain driving situation - on the motorway, for example - it is entered in an appropriate playlist. The software registers when and where the user prefers to listen to particular songs. The music is then available at the right moment.

The MMI control unit in the vehicle is a further development of the familiar design. In terms of feel it is easier to operate, particularly while driving. Grouped around the central rotary pushbutton are four fixed-function hardkeys for the Navigation, Telephone, Car and Media basic menus. Four additional, backlit softkeys have variable functions which change within the individual menus.

The projected softkey labels combine with the bold softkey colors that identify the corresponding menus to ensure swift, intuitive user orientation.

All system information appears in the central display in the instrument cluster. This is designed in its entirety as a digital, freely configurable display with no mechanical elements. Superimposed glass elements make the graphics stand out with a three-dimensional look, producing a level of depth which could never be attained using a standard display.

As well as the virtual, large circular dial of the analog speedometer, which is always visible on the right-hand side of the instrument cluster, numerous other displays can be called up on request, and can be selected via control buttons on the steering wheel. These include infotainment, classic navigation by pictogram or map, a rev counter, information on how to drive as efficiently as possible and a current status report on the hybrid drive.

The layout of the infotainment display features icons arranged in a semicircle. As the driver turns the central MMI rotary pushbutton, the icons mimic the movement until the desired function is selected by pushing the button. Content can therefore be communicated visually, enabling it to be grasped faster and more intuitively than pure text.

Audi drive select

The Audi A1 Sportback concept features Audi drive select, which is also available as an option in the current generation of the Audi A4 bestseller. This enables the driver to pre-select one of two specially adapted configurations for the drivetrain, shift characteristics and magnetic ride shock absorbers.

The default setting is the "efficiency" mode. In this mode, the engine and transmission respond gently to use of the accelerator and shift paddles. This setting is ideal for a relaxed driving style, as well as offering tremendous potential for effectively lowering fuel consumption, and therefore emissions too.

In the "efficiency" mode the Audi A1 Sportback concept can be used for distances of up to 100 kilometers (62.14 miles) in purely electric mode - and it is quite speedy, too: thanks to the powerful battery it is possible to reach a speed of considerably more than 100 km/h (62.14 mph). The combustion engine only cuts in again once battery capacity has dropped to below 20 percent of maximum.

In this mode, the electric motor is not deployed as a source of additional torque; instead it is run selectively as the sole power source to bring about a tangible reduction in consumption. For this purpose, the system makes use of a host of parameters which can be fed to it via the navigation system. In the "efficiency" mode, for example, with a fully charged battery and a distance of less than 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) the vehicle is operated in principle on purely electrical power.

Thanks to the navigation system's ability to detect differences in altitude along the route, regeneration phases as well as the increase in energy requirements on inclines can be computed before the journey has even started. This makes vehicle operation even more efficient through optimum utilization of the electric motor.

The sport mode is designed to produce the dynamic yet comfortable driving sensation that is so typical of the brand and that Audi drivers have come to expect of their car. In this mode, the vehicle's electronics also harness the torque available from the electric motor to achieve extra-sporty acceleration along with excellent lateral dynamics.

The drivetrain

Characteristic Audi sportiness plus a whole new dimension in efficiency - it is all down to the combination of a state-of-the-art turbocharged FSI engine with an electric motor and innovative control electronics.

Under the hood of the Audi A1 Sportback concept sits a four-cylinder TFSI with a capacity of 1.4 liters and a turbocharger. This engine is an advanced version of the unit that made its series production debut in the Audi A3. Whereas the 1.4 TFSI musters 92 kW (125 hp) in the A3, it delivers 110 kW (150 hp) at 5,500 rpm in the study. Its peak torque of 240 Nm (177.01 lb-ft) is on tap over a broad rev band from 1,600 - 4,000 rpm.

The Audi engineers have long since proven the performance potential of turbocharged FSI technology, both on race tracks around the world and out on the road. Indeed, a jury of experts awarded the accolade of "Engine of the Year" to the 2.0 TFSI for the fourth year in succession in 2008.

The new 1.4 TFSI builds on this very same concept in order to maximize efficiency and performance. Multi-hole injectors result in very homogeneous mixture formation and extremely efficient combustion. This is also an effective means of helping to cut pollutant emissions.

The integrated turbocharger promises optimized responsiveness and even more harmonious torque build-up. 80 percent of peak torque can be summoned up from as low down as 1,250 rpm, in other words barely above idling speed. And despite its power, the 1.4 TFSI sets new benchmark standards in its class for its acoustic output too.

Powertrain

Power transmission to the front wheels is the task of the sporty Audi S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. It allows the driver to change gear in fractions of a second without the use of a clutch pedal and with no interruption to the power flow. If required, the transmission performs the gear changes fully automatically, too. If the driver wishes to change gear manually, he can do so by using the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Reverse gear and neutral are engaged via the gear knob on the centre console. The park position is automatically selected when the electric parking brake is engaged.

Between combustion engine and transmission sits the 20 kW (27 hp) electric unit, which cuts in automatically depending on the selected operating mode - or propels the vehicle alone. The battery unit - a package of compact lithium-ion batteries - is installed at the rear of the vehicle, which makes for a good weight balance.

When powered solely by the combustion engine or purely by the electric motor, and when both are used in the boost mode, the Audi A1 Sportback concept operates as a front-wheel drive vehicle. The high torque of 390 Nm in total (287.64 lb-ft) - 240 Nm (177.01 lb-ft) from the 1.4 TFSI plus an extra 150 Nm (110.63 lb-ft) from the electric motor - is transformed into the required level of tractive power when accelerating.

Overrun, or the so-called regeneration phase, is one of the most important instruments of this vehicle concept for optimizing efficiency as it transforms the braking energy released during deceleration phases back into electrical energy, instead of it being wasted and released as heat.

The Audi A1 Sportback concept can in principle run self-sufficiently, using mixed operation of the combustion engine and electric motor. Thanks to the intelligent management of both units, energy regeneration as well as the automatic start/stop function, fuel consumption is almost 30 percent lower compared to a vehicle running on the gasoline engine alone. Although the components of the electric motor add around 40 kilograms to the overall weight, the study still only burns 3.9 liters of premium fuel per 100 km (60.31 US mpg) in mixed mode, while CO2 emissions average just 92 g/km (148.06 g/mile).

Pure electrical operation over shorter distances, however, is a particularly attractive alternative offered by this vehicle that benefits the environment and the wallet alike - all the more so considering that the performance achieved in this mode and the range of over 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) are perfectly satisfactory. "Refueling" the Audi A1 Sportback concept from power sockets alone, therefore, produces an unequivocal result: even allowing for the relatively high costs of domestic electricity in Germany, it is still possible to achieve a saving or more than 80 percent compared with the price of premium fuel. Thanks to "zero emissions" the benefit to the environment is even greater, particularly in congested urban areas.

The chassis

The fundamental ingredient for outstanding driving safety and handling dynamics is supplied by the sophisticated chassis design, comprising McPherson front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension. Large 18-inch wheels with size 225/35 R18 tires boost both driving pleasure and safety. Thanks to the newly developed active, ESP-controlled front differential lock, propulsive torque is distributed according to the driving situation, thereby achieving enhanced steering precision and superior directional stability as well as improved traction and dynamic handling when cornering.

The dynamic chassis is tuned for sporty, agile handling combined with excellent stability, and makes cornering a particular delight. What's more, the chassis excels with a level of ride comfort befitting of higher vehicle classes.

The braking system with its large-diameter discs (measuring 312 mm across (12.28 in) at the front wheels) is more than a match for the drive power. Bred on the racetrack, the system promises outstanding, fade-free stopping power.

The electromechanical steering with speed-sensitive power assistance is also a boon for agile handling. The system boasts optimum steering feel combined with low sensitivity to road surface excitation and a considerable reduction in energy consumption.

The specific strengths of the four-link suspension stem from the way in which it splits the functions for absorbing longitudinal and lateral forces. This permits a high level of lateral rigidity on the one hand for optimum dynamism and driving safety, while offering a great degree of longitudinal flexibility on the other to improve ride comfort.

The shock absorbers deploy a highly innovative technology in the form of Audi magnetic ride, which has already made its mark in the Audi R8 high-performance sports car and in the Audi TT. Here, the conventional shock absorber fluid is replaced by a magneto-rheological fluid whose qualities can be controlled by means of an electromagnetic field. This effect enables the damping characteristic to be influenced electronically at will by applying a voltage to the electromagnets.

Audi magnetic ride capitalizes on this quality to make the appropriate damping forces available in any driving situation, thereby optimizing both ride comfort and performance dynamics. A computer linked up to a system of sensors interprets the current driving situation with split-second speed. Here, the driver can choose between two driving programs, depending on whether he wants to drive with a sportier style - with the magneto-rheological fluid requiring a low yield stress - or with a greater emphasis on ride comfort.

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