Audi A1 hatchback
Price £14,355 - £25,420
- Stylish looks
- High-quality interior
- Strong resale values
- Firm ride
- MINI is more fun to drive
At a glance
"The Audi A1 is a supermini with the interior quality and technology of a luxury saloon."
If you want a supermini with a bit of class, the upmarket Audi A1 is a great choice. It features a luxurious interior and a wide choice of efficient engines. Quality is excellent throughout – but you do pay for it. The prestigious Audi badge commands a premium over more humdrum brands, so it's up to you if you think it's worth paying more for. In this sense, the A1's chief rival is the equally stylish MINI hatchback.
There's a choice of economical petrol and diesel engines, but we think the former better suits this car. Only choose the diesel if you're a regular motorway user or cover a lot of miles per year, as the petrols are smoother and quieter in everyday driving.
Our preferred Audi A1 engine is the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, which returns impressive efficiency and strong performance thanks to its smart cylinder-on-demand system. The smaller and less powerful 1.0-litre petrol is more economical, but we prefer how the larger engine drives.
When it comes to standard equipment, the entry-level SE car does fairly well and should include everything most people need. Yoy may want to spend extra for the additional dash of style that the Sport model brings, however – and this version may also be easier to sell on in a few years.
Sport cars also have Audi's sports suspension, which we think is too harsh for UK roads, but you can choose the normal SE suspension instead at no extra cost. Beware, however, that S line cars can only be fitted with the firmer setup and larger alloy wheels. While these look nice, they make the car's ride quality significantly worse and we wouldn't recommend this combination.
The Audi A1 is impressively cheap to run, but not class-leading
The Audi A1 offers wide-rangingperformance and competent handling
Premium interior, but sports suspension is uncomfortable
The Audi A1 has a bigger boot than the MINI
Five-star crash rating, with impressive technology and great build quality