Audi A1 Car Reviews

The Audi A1 was designed to compete with the Mini and Alfa Romeo Mito, and is aimed at a young affluent market. This small family car does that well, and is testament to the reputation that Audi has built for itself, and despite being the cheapest available Audi, nothing about this car appears to be budget.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4/5
Reliable Audi build quality
Well-designed interior
Strong resale values
A little pricey
Suspension can be a bit stiff
Not much headroom in back

Latest Audi A1 Car Reviews:

Audi A1 1.2 TFSI SE 3dr - January 2012
The Audi A1 is a well-packaged ride, providing comfort, quality and luxury at an affordable price. It is the top premium super-mini, giving the MINI a run for its money. Buy the A1 if you want a sm...
Audi A1 1.6 TDI SE 3dr - January 2012
If you are looking for a family car that promises drivers smooth handling, performance, safety and low running costs in a stylish and well crafted body, then the Audi A1 1.6 TDI SE could be the car...
Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport 3dr - January 2012
If you are looking for a stylish family car that gives drivers good performance, high end driving technology and smooth handling then the Audi A1 TFSI Sport could be the car for you. With a beautif...
Audi A1 1.6 TDI Sport 3dr - January 2012
Though the interior is unmatched by any other car in its class, the A1 1.6 TDI Sport is just a mini version of the bigger Audi models. It is the cheapest way in owning an Audi and if you can deal w...
Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S line 3dr - January 2012
If you are looking for a family car that delivers performance, smooth handling, and safety with an attractive exterior, then the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S line could be the car for you. With beautiful bod...

Audi A1 Overview

The A1 is available with three turbo engines – 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol units and a 1.6 litre diesel. All give punchy performance with the diesel offering the best fuel efficiency, although all have an extended top gear, in an attempt to keep revs down and fuel efficiency up. The engines stop-start technology also helps reduce fuel consumption and keeps carbon dioxide emissions low.


There are three trim levels, which offer stiffer suspension and larger wheels. The S Line model can make the ride a little uncomfortable on bumpy roads. The stiffer suspension does help the handling however, which is fun and agile through corners.


The interior is well designed as you would expect from any modern Audi, with a central control unit, which is easy to get used to and gives access to many of the cars functions. The seats are firm and supportive, and easily adjustable to suit any driving position. Space inside isn’t the most generous in the back, due in part to the sloping roof, however there is a larger boot than many other vehicles in the class.

Background

The A1 was introduced in 2010, reaching the UK in November of that year. It is built on the same platform as the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, the Volkswagen Group PQ25 platform. Originally released as a 3-door hatchback, there is now a 5-door sportback variant that provides greater flexibility and practicality.


The A1 was previewed as the Audi Metroproject Quattro concept car in 2007, at the Tokyo Motor Show. The A1 Sportback was a variation of this concept car, featuring 5 doors, unveiled in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. Both these concept models featured hybrid engines, but eventually became the A1 models on sale today.

Summary

The A1 is a small family car that is at home in cities, and rivals the likes of the Mini and other premium car of this size, such as the Alfa Romeo Mito or the Citroen DS3. It is highly revered and received What Car? Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year 2011’ award, as well as a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2010.

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