You might not be quite sure what to expect here: the handling of a cutting-edge electrified sports car with instant vectored-torque-per-corner dynamism or of a 2.3-tonne lump with a Volvo chassis that still needs to look to its front axle for the lion’s share of traction at speed. Both characterisations describe this car accurately, up to a point; and yet, in practice, neither does.
The 1 certainly doesn’t handle like such a heavy car – or, at least, like cars this heavy used to handle. We tested it with those adjustable Öhlins dampers in their factory settings, and while there is just a hint of softness and laziness about the way it turns into corners and rotates through them, it’s nothing that doesn’t suit a modern GT car.
Lateral and vertical body control are generally very good, and so if you do feel minded to manually adjust the suspension (it’s a wheels-off job at the rear axle made much easier with a vehicle lift or pit), it’s more likely to be with a view to improving the low-speed ride.
When driven through a fast bend, the 1 commits to a cornering line very securely and smartly enough, but it only seems to use its torque-vectoring capacities to remain steady and true, and to stick to the path you’ve chosen for it. Pour on as much power as you like; the car neither oversteers nor understeers and keeps tabs on body roll even as lateral forces build. It’s easy to drive quickly, then, but not quite as poised-feeling or as much fun as you might have hoped.