Audi A1 hatchback (2010-2018) - Practicality & boot space
The Audi A1 has a bigger boot than the MINI
The Audi A1 hatchback is a three-door car, so those looking for practicality should consider the five-door Audi A1 Sportback, but owners of the standard A1 will have to accept that the back seats are awkward to access and only really suitable for occasional use. If you want five seats, you'll either have to go for the five-door Sportback, or consider something like the DS 3 which has more space in the boot and in the rear.
The A1 is over 100mm longer than a MINI hatchback, which means there's more legroom and the boot is slightly bigger. The car's small dimensions make parking fairly easy, but you can have front and rear parking sensors for added peace of mind.
Audi A1 interior space & storage
Getting in and out of the back seats awkward is awkward in the A1. However, the two rear seats are more spacious than the ones in the MINI hatchback and offer more legroom – even if headroom is restricted by the car’s sloping roof.
The A1’s boot holds 270 litres, which is usefully bigger than the MINI's 211-litre effort and just behind the DS 3's 285-litre capacity. The rear seats can split and fold to increase luggage space to 920 litres, although they don't fold completely flat. The quattro four-wheel-drive system fitted in the Audi S1 reduces boot space by 60 litres.
The boot lid opens to give reasonably wide access, while the boot floor is level with the load lip. The lip does jut out slightly because of the chunky rear bumper, though. The A1 has a puncture repair kit as standard, but we'd recommend the optional space-saver spare if you want to make sure you're never stranded by a puncture.
While a supermini like the A1 is unlikely to be top of your list if you’re after a tow car, the A1 has a surprisingly high towing limit of 1,200kg – better than a Skoda Fabia Estate. It is, however, worth noting the Audi S1 quattro can’t be fitted with a tow bar.