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Re: A1 Handling

Postby Mattwilkins92 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:24 pm

I find the my 185 handles good for 9/10 situations i chuck at it. However when seriously pressing on ive found the A1 is very easy to get lift off oversteer. People have reported that 35mm springs all round improves it by a lot. I will be purchasing some soon as for £135 its a fairly cheap yet improving mod.
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby kwakaman » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:54 pm

Mine handles fine. Even on dynamic suspension. Yes ok, it is a bit soft and rolls a bit compared to my previous zetec s fiesta.
Think its all about how you drive and not about the cars handling. I prefer to be slower into a corner and power out rather than plough in and get understeer.
Most cars should handle perfectly fine at the legal speed limits.

I have lived in the country all my life so have got fed up with pushing a cars suspension/handling now.
Expect its a novelty for town people who actually find a twisty B road and can get out of 2nd gear town driving. Beats drifting around roundabouts. :lol:
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby ajk1972 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:55 am

I am happy with the way mine handles ........ not having had a mini before helps ;-)

Remember that the A1 has got quite good traction control ...... try pushing it a little harder and you will notice it kick in and stop you doing anything silly. I have had mine kick in a few times to the point I switch it off when I feel like having a blast, as it was slowing me down ;-)
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby Flipper » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:37 am

Mine arrived with the steering wheel off centre which was annoying
Dealer had it for three days! fixed now :D
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby KiwiRob » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:03 pm

ajk1972 wrote:I am happy with the way mine handles ........ not having had a mini before helps ;-)


I think it depends on what MINI you had, I went from a Clubman (awesome car) to Countryman (complete POS) and now to an A1, which I'll get in 6 weeks, the demo car I had was a Sportsback with 18inch wheels and sports suspension, it destroys the Countryman, it feels far more secure around fast corners, it doesn't roll and I feel more confident. It's a good thing I can't remember how awesome the Clubman was.
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby goalhanger » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:33 pm

My wifes R50 Mini Cooper wipes the floor with my A1 S/back . The steering just doesnt load up at all , the car just keeps going round . The ride is also better than my A1 on sport susp. and that is because she is on sensible 175mm tyres . Also her traction control is a million times better . Mine wheelspins like mad , then the TC decides its gonna do something and kicks in , by which time I've got embarressed and lifted off , only to be nearly hit up the back by a Transit van. TC is the worst thing on the car , and no the dealer says it correct for DSG .
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby Trantor » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:39 pm

Since acquiring my car in November I've yet to experience the handling limit! My car is equipped with two traction control systems - a silicon based one under the bonnet and a carbon based one located on the passenger seat ;)
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby AndyMac » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:16 pm

Well my Mini, 1988 Mayfair, which is stuck in the garage is lucky if it gets outside twice a year. It corners on rails and so does the A1. You must be really pushing it to find a difference between the A1 - Mini - Fiesta - Polo or owt else
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Re: A1 Handling

Postby Afoggo » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:30 pm

AndyMac wrote:Well my Mini, 1988 Mayfair, which is stuck in the garage is lucky if it gets outside twice a year. It corners on rails and so does the A1.


+1 on the classic mini :D

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Re: A1 Handling

Postby goalhanger » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:17 am

I dont think handing is about the limits , its about how the car feels at any speed . Ive never driver either the Mini or the A1 off the road , but the difference is the steering feel is quite big . The A1 loads up quite a lot in tighter bends whereas the Mini never feels heavy and keeps tracking into the corner . Just drive a RWD BMW after a Mondeo and you will see what it means .
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