The Audi A1 hatchback has proved popular since it launched back in 2010. Although the premium supermini shares many parts with the Volkswagen Polo, it stands out as a classic Audi thanks to its high-end style. It is a strong competitor in a popular class, for those who like a compact car but prefer an extra bit of style and performance.
The Audi A1 is available in three basic trim levels, the SE, Sport and S-line, all offering a top of the range performance. The SE is the entry-level trim of the range, with the most modest engine and classic style. If you want something more powerful, there’s the Sport and S-line trims with more powerful engines and added specifications.
The A1 also offers a range of engines and the choice of a 3-door and Sportback 5-door, along with a large range of specifications to choose between, including interior design, parking features and colour options. The added customisations to this model means you can create the car you want.
Fans are likely to notice the similarities in performance between the Audi A1 and the Volkswagen Polo, this is because they are largely made with the same parts. Particularly the entry-level SE with the softest suspension in the range and 15-inch wheels for a comfortable ride. However, there is the option to opt for a stiffer suspension to create a more fun and exciting performance with the Sport and S-line trims.
The A1 has superb control, especially when taking corners. Its light steering makes it ideal when driving around town. All engines are smooth, particularly when paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic auto and its compact size makes it pretty easy to park too.
The A1 range is equipped with a good range of engines to choose from, including the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine and the rapid 2.0-litre turbo engine. Which engine you choose will depend on how you want your car to perform.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, then the 1.6-litre TDI diesel or the 1.0-litre petrol could be the best options, as they are the most economic engines. If it’s power and performance that you want, then the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with a 123bhp may be your preferred choice.
However, there is also a limited range of Black Edition cars. At the top of this range is the S1 with a high-performing 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 228bhp with four-wheel drive. For a compact hatchback, Audi provides plenty of options to offer something for everyone.
The Audi A1 doesn’t just look good but it feels good. The interior is designed with quality material so the refined detail matches the premium badge. There are many options to customise the car including colour variants, adjustments to the centre console and even various options for the armrest.
Audi has a good technology package to improve the experience of the A1. It features the Audi Drive Select on Sport Nav models, which allows you to switch between Dynamic, Comfort and Efficiency driving modes putting the driver in control of the way the engine works.
A secret screen is hidden in the dashboard when not in use. It is a 6.5-inch touchscreen that can be used as an infotainment system and a sat-nav.
Additional technology that helps make this model stand out is the keyless entry and ignition feature. It lets you start your car or open your car doors without reaching into your pocket or purse. It has parking, rain and light sensors to aid driving and has smart phone connectivity in the glovebox.
Small, compact cars can sometimes struggle with practicality but the Audi A1 combats this stereotype. It has a spacious 270-litre boot with a false floor for added space. The rear seats can be folded flat to provide a large 920-litre loading bay for all of your luggage.
Inside the cabin is just as practical. The A1 is complete with ample storage space, a fully adjustable steering wheel to alter the height and reach and adjustable seats for improved comfort.
Audi hasn’t held back on the design of its smallest model in the range. The A1 is a stylish supermini with a sporty edge, sharp lines and iconic features that have become recognisable for the brand. If you’re looking for a small hatchback with bounds of style, then the Audi A1 will definitely tick plenty of boxes.
The A1 can be customisable on the exterior as well as the interior, depending on which trim you select. Each trim comes with the option of wheel arch sizes. The SE has 15” wheels, the Sport has 16” wheels and the S-line has 17” wheels, each of them will offer different levels of driveability and comfort.
The large grille that features across the Audi fleet is included on the A1, along with narrow piercing headlights and a creased and curved body, making the A1 just as sleek as the saloons and coupés in the range.
The Audi A1 has been a popular model for years and can often be spotted on UK roads, so there’s no surprise that there are many positive reviews from industry experts. The model has been described as having “a genuine premium feel”, with “sharp looks, a high-quality finish and good refinement.”
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