Audi A1 hatchback
Price £14,315 - £25,380
- 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."
The Audi A1 is one of the most upmarket cars in its class, with a good choice of engines and a luxurious interior. It's very well finished inside and out, but whether you think it represents good value or not depends on how important you think the premium Audi image is. Yet the same can be said for the MINI, which any prospective A1 buyer will probably also consider.
All the engines in the A1 range are reasonably economical, but the petrols suit the car best. The diesels are a good choice if you’ll frequently use the car on the motorway, however they aren’t as smooth or as quiet as the petrols.
The standout engine in the range is the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol, which, thanks to clever cylinder-on-demand technology, returns impressive economy and good performance. It's actually more economical than the smaller, less powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine, so if you can afford the higher list price, it's definitely the one to go for.
The higher starting price of the A1 relative to other cars in the supermini class means that entry-level SE cars have fairly good standard equipment. Moving up to Sport trim brings you more toys, which give the Audi an upmarket feel and will make the car more desirable when you decide to sell it.
Sport cars also feature Audi's sports suspension, which we think is too firm, but you can ask for the normal SE suspension to be fitted instead at no extra cost. This is not the case in S line cars, which can only be fitted with the firmer setup and larger alloy wheels. While these look good, they make the ride quality significantly worse.
The Audi A1 is impressively cheap to run, but not class-leading
The Audi A1 offers wide-ranging levels of performance 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