Audi A1 hatchback (2010-2018) - Reliability & safety

The Audi A1 has a five-star crash rating, with impressive technology and great build quality

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Audi A1 has an upmarket price tag, but it seems owners haven’t enjoyed an upmarket ownership experience, according to our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.

Audi A1 reliability

The Audi A1 was rated poorly for reliability in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK. Of the owners who responded, 8.8% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once. Interestingly, the A1's sister cars, the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Skoda Fabia all fared better. The Fabia was the standout here, with a superb relability score. 


Following Euro NCAP crash tests, the A1 was awarded the top five-star rating. All versions are fitted with six airbags, technology to prevent skids and help braking, plus a first-aid kit and warning triangle. There's also a tyre-pressure monitor that alerts you to a possible puncture. Xenon lights and LED daytime running lights are a £765 option on SE and Sport models. Compared to some newer rivals, the A1 is lacking advanced safety technology like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitoring.

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