Best Luxury Small Car 2012
The small but perfectly formed Audi A1 takes the small luxury car spoils for the second year running. Despite facing a raft of talented new rivals in the last 12 months, the classy and luxurious A1 has proved that it's still the best in the business.
Sleek good looks and an incredibly upmarket cabin are at the heart of the Audi's appeal, while its impeccable build quality is second to none. And while it's not as fun to drive as some rivals, the Audi still sets the standard for comfort.
On the move, it feels every bit as solid and composed as Audi's bigger and more expensive models, while the eager petrol and diesel engine line-up delivers a strong blend of performance and economy. And despite its premium image, the Audi won’t cost a fortune to run. Rock-solid resale values, an attractively priced pre-paid servicing package and low tax bills help all help keep running costs to a minimum.
What's more, the arrival of the more versatile five-door Sportback version means the A1 is now as practical as it is desirable. On this evidence, it's going to take something very special to knock the Audi off the top step of the podium in 2013.