Should I specify the Standard or Sport suspension when I order my new Audi A1 TFSI Sport?

I'm tempted to order an Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport DSG but can't find one to drive. Your review gave me a lot of confidence, but could you please answer two queries for me. Would it be appropriate to specify the Standard SE) suspension on the Sport (a no cost option), or is the Sport ride on 16-inch wheels ok (ie a lot more compliant than my MX5RC)? Secondly, possibly like yourself, I'm a left-foot braker with autoboxes and I wonder with the RHD car if you found the pedal position well positioned for this (or did you only drive the manual box)?

Asked on 22 October 2010 by MR, via email

Answered by Honest John
I had very little time and only drove an A1 S line on 45-section R17s (same as the wife’s car). The ride quality of the A1 was okay, but the wheels and tyres were as harsh on ridges as you would expect from that amount of rubber between the rims and the road. This test of the Ibiza FR Twincharger with the same DSG box gives you a good idea of what the A1 14TSI DSG will be like:

The problem with all DSGs is nothing to do with left-foot braking. VAG insists that you have to brake to move the lever from N to D, and that can often leave a hangover memory in the ECU to cut revs because the car is being braked. There is always some fuel in the engine that lets you jerk maybe two metres into the junction before the ECU cuts off fuel for a heartstopping second or two.
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