Price £13,965 - £22,805
Audi is aiming the A1 directly at the ever popular MINI. But while the MINI offers sporty handling and a compact design, the A1 offers big-car luxury in a pint-sized package and is currently the cheapest way into Audi ownership. Unlike the MINI, the driving experience is centred more around comfort than excitement, but a range of peppy engines and well-weighted driving controls ensures that the A1 is one of the most capable cruisers in this class.
Price £14,585 - £21,930
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 rival MINI. The Sportback uses the same range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as the standard A1, all of which come with stop-start as standard.