Ride comfort - even over roads complete with gaping potholes and that high-frequency, corrugated road surface that the UK specialises in – is great. Usefully better than that of a Golf GTI. There’s some body float, and a fair bit of noise as the suspension works, but the damping is supple and precise, and keeps you isolated from all but the really gnarly bits of Tarmac.
We did have a go in an A180d on the torsion beam suspension and there’s a big drop in comfort. Even on smaller wheels, the less sophisticated suspension feels, well… less sophisticated. Choppier and more prone to some sloppy wheel control, particularly around town.
And the interior? It looks and feels great, but it’s worth spending the £1395 on the Executive equipment line pack to get the huge media screen; without it, the two small standard screens are lost in a slab of plastic.
Or if you can find yet another £1000, you can have the equally fantastical driver’s display (shown here) and a digital experience that’d feel at home in a top-spec limo. We even found the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control worked well, although regional accents fluster it easily.
Practicality and roominess are just fine, but an Audi A3 will give you better rear passenger space and much better rear visibility.