Looking for an affordable way into the world of Audi ownership? The A1 is your answer. It’s got the great characteristics Audi are renowned for – refinement, style and efficiency – but at a reasonable price. It’s the philosophy of the range – to bring the dynamic looks and advanced technologies of larger models to the compact A1.
What you need to know about the Audi A1
Audi’s reputation is built largely on efficient and world-leading engineering. In almost all areas Audi is the stand-out choice for those looking for refinement, power and economy.
Some say it’s boring, but who can really complain when you’re cruising along in effortless style? You’ll pass by those who favour of a more traditionally exciting drive, without feeling you’ve compromised on performance or efficiency.
The A1 is Audi’s first-ever entry into the supermini market – and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s got all the elements you’d expect from the upmarket manufacturer, including:
- High quality cabin including DAB radio, alloy wheels, electric windows, start-stop and air con
- User-friendly infotainment system – A1s get a 6.5in multimedia screen
- A range of efficient engines including the 1.6 turbo diesel, with free road tax thanks to 97g/km of CO2 and a combined mpg of 80, or the nippy 1.0-litre petrol with 94bhp
All in all, the A1 is a car you’ll enjoy driving. What you get is an upmarket feel and interior which feels better-built than many saloons.
What to watch out for
On the road, there are few grumbles with the performance as the A1 feels tied to the road with plenty of grip. For driving enthusiasts, though, they’ll be looking for something more. That’s why our review suggests the four-wheel drive S1 hot hatch as the most fun. Reaching 60mph from rest in 5.9 seconds, it’s a hoot to drive.
The A1 might be a pricey proposition when compared to some rivals, but it’s rapid, engaging and aspirational. Without a doubt, it will continue to be one of the most popular high-end small hatchbacks.
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