The Audi A1 is a premium alternative in the supermini segment which pits up against the likes of the VW Polo – but there's a lot to recommend it. In addition to the quality interior, it's also a great car to drive.
The first thing to appreciate is that the engine range for the Audi A1 is excellent with a choice of economical and strong engines. For those who are looking for a small car to perform well around town, the 1.0 litre petrol engine which replaced the popular 1.2 litre unit will suffice while the 1.6 litre diesel unit is a good motorway cruiser. Indeed, the 1.6 litre diesel is the only option for a diesel but it does produce 116 bhp to deliver plenty of power and, Audi claims, a potential economy of 75 mpg. Of the petrol units, the new three cylinder 1.0 litre engine offers sound performance while the 1.4 litre has more power. The engine range for the A1 will return between 56 mpg and 76 mpg. There's also a choice of automatic or manual gearboxes as well.
It might be the smallest model in the Audi range but the A1 offers a lot. It has a solid build, lots of equipment and impressive engines. Even the entry level model has a decent list of equipment including air conditioning, heated mirrors and a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system; the kit list compares favourably with the VW Polo.
Options include satnav, parking sensors and the addition of a middle rear seat. Safety equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring and lots of air bags. There's plenty of space on board for adults and the boot is a useful 270 litres in size.
As with all Audi's, the interior has been well-designed and is well laid out and the cabin has a premium feel to it; it's certainly one of the better interiors for the segment.
Potential owners should also appreciate that the car is not just easy to drive, it's very comfortable too. Visibility from the driver's seat is very good, even though the sloping roofline does intrude and the driving modes help boost performance.
Essentially, the Audi A1 impresses for many reasons and while there are cheaper cars offering similar levels of performance, the Audi is a premium offering that is hard to beat.
Why not have a look at the A1 on the official Audi UK company website and get the latest news about the Audi A1 in the UK at The UK Audi Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the A1 on the Top Gear website.
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