Audi A1 hatchback (2010-2018) - Interior & comfort

The Audi A1 has a premium interior, but the sports suspension is uncomfortable

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

Only the latest MINI rivals the Audi A1 for interior quality in the supermini class. Before these models came along, you had to buy a car costing several times more to find such attractive materials, upholstery and finish.

Audi A1 dashboard

The steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake and the driver's seat for height, so it's easy to get comfortable. Plus, you can customise almost every aspect of the interior, choosing the seats, steering wheel, upholstery and colours you desire to achieve the sporty or luxurious A1 of your dreams.

We'd recommend avoiding the more lurid optional colour schemes, though, as conservative shades make the car easier to sell on. You'll need to consider the fact that money you spend on a particularly personal or unusual interior may actually cost you twice as much in the long run if it affects the price of your car on the secondhand market.

The SE model, with softer suspension and smaller alloy wheels, is much smoother than the Sport and S line models, which have stiffer suspension and bigger alloys. It's important to test them both in order to decide which you’d prefer: some people like the sporty feel and improved handling that comes with firm suspension, while others will want their car to be as comfortable as possible.

It's worth remembering that Audi can fit softer SE suspension to Sport and S line cars if you want the extra kit but not the firm ride. Forward and rear visibility are good, but you’ll need to be aware of an over-the-shoulder blind spot caused by the thick door pillar behind your head.

Equipment

SE trim is reasonably equipped, with a stop-start system, alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while Sport adds larger wheels, sports suspension, a Bluetooth phone connection and sports seats. S line comes with 17-inch alloys, a bodykit and LED interior lights. The S line Black Edition has bright xenon headlamps and features such as painted air vents, colour-coded exterior trim and improved speakers.

Options

Audi A1 options include a Comfort and Sound Pack (which adds rear parking sensors, hill-hold assistance, heated front seats, LED interior lighting and a Bose stereo with 14 speakers for £995) and a technology package (which includes sat nav, a 40GB hard drive, a three-year Audi Connect subscription for online services and in-car wi-fi for £1,495).

Customisation options include a contrasting roofline for £350, while having the entire roof painted silver, grey or black costs £400. Inside, the door handles, air vents and lower console can be finished in the same colour as the car's bodywork for £500.

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