Audi A1

Audi has proved its small cars can be just as upmarket as its larger ones, and taken the fight to the MINI Hatch and Citroen DS3. The Audi A1 is available as a three-door hatchback and a five-door version it calls Sportback, which is more practical. Underneath, the A1 is closely related to the Volkswagen Polo but you wouldn’t know it, thanks mainly to its curvaceous roof, which is available in contrasting colours. Turbocharged petrol and diesel engines blend performance and efficiency.

Audi A1 hatchback

Price 
£14,115 - £24,905
3 & 5 Doors
3.7 / 5
Pros
  • Looks expensive
  • Interior quality
  • Strong resale values
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Firm ride
  • MINI is more fun

The Audi A1 is squarely targeted at MINI hatchback customers, but while the MINI markets itself on its cheeky personality and sporting drive, the A1 offers buyers a miniaturised version of the luxury you’ll find in a bigger Audi. The interior impresses with its design and construction and there's advanced technology, with small turbocharged engines offering performance and economy. The A1 is as well-suited to motorway cruising as life in the city.

Audi A1 Sportback hatchback

Price 
£14,735 - £25,635
5 Doors
3.9 / 5
Pros
  • Top-quality interior
  • Superb engines
  • Very stylish
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Uncomfortable ride

The five-door Audi A1 Sportback is a more practical version of the three-door Audi A1 supermini. It costs around £500 more than the three-door, and it's slightly taller and wider, so has more head and shoulder room in the back. However, boot space is the same as the three-door's at 270 litres, which is a lot better than the rival MINI hatchback. The A1 Sportback uses the same range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as the standard A1, all of which come with stop-start as standard.