Audi A1 hatchback (2010-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Audi A1 is impressively cheap to run, but not class-leading in this respect
The combination of the Audi A1's small size and efficient engine range makes it a good choice for buyers who value excellent fuel economy. But while the most efficient A1 returns very competitive figures, it still trails the most economical cars in the class – the MINI hatchback and DS 3.
Because Audi is considered a premium manufacturer, its cars usually have strong resale values. There's plenty of demand for secondhand A1s, so most models hold around 50% of their value after three years of ownership. This compares favourably to the DS 3, which'll only make back about 40% of its original price after three years.
The most popular A1 model is the 1.6-litre TDI in SE trim, which retains 54.2% of its value. The more luxurious (and expensive) 2.0-litre diesel Black Edition depreciates the fastest of all A1 hatchback models, yet still retains just over 49% of its value after three years.
These impressive used prices have to be offset against the Audi’s high list price, but you do get an upmarket interior and generous standard equipment for your cash. So, whether you find the A1 good value for money or not depends largely on where your priorities lie.
Audi A1 MPG & CO2
The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the most economical, capable of 76.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 97g/km. For comparison, the most economical diesel versions of the DS 3 and MINI hatchback both manage 83.1mpg.
Petrol engines are well suited to the A1, improving refinement compared to the slightly noisy diesels. There’s a 94bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol, plus a 1.4-litre with 123bhp. Each can be chosen with automatic or manual transmission.
The entry-level 94bhp 1.0-litre turbo engine can return 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 97g/km, while the 1.4-litre petrol can return around 56mpg (the exact figure varies depending on the size of the wheels fitted) and will emit between 115 and 120g/km of CO2. Automatic models’ CO2 emissions are fractionally lower.
After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Audi A1s cost £140 a year to tax.
As you might expect, the cheapest A1s to insure are the ones with the least powerful 1.0-litre petrol engine, which fall into group 15. Most of other versions fall into groups 19-21, apart from the 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol, which is in group 25.
Audi offers two types of fixed-price servicing, both lasting for five years or 50,000 miles. The first is a long-life scheme recommended if you drive over 10,000 miles a year, costing £289. The second fixed-price scheme costs £450 and suits those with a lower annual mileage. Both plans cover servicing for the first five years or 50,000 miles of motoring, whichever comes first.
All Audis come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is exactly the same as you get with a Volkswagen Polo. MINI's cover is slightly better, covering you for unlimited miles over three years.