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AUDI A1 Diesel Hatchback
What is it?
The A1 is Audi’s supermini and the smallest car in its range. It’s available as a three-door or as a slightly bigger five-door, called the Sportback, and it is known for its classy interior.
What is the Audi A1 like to drive?
Small proportions and low weight make the A1 a nimble little thing and the steering is weighty, which makes it feel a little more involving than your average supermini. The upmarket interior is a scaled down version of the sort of thing you find in larger Audis, so the A1’s cabin is a posh place to sit
What engines are available?
Two petrol engines are available: a 1.0-litre TFSI with 95hp and 1.4-litre TFSI with either 125hp or 150hp. If you go for the high performance S1 model, then that comes with a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with a mammoth 231hp. There is only one diesel option with the A1, which is a 1.6-litre TDI engine with 116hp. A manual gearbox is standard but there’s also a seven-speed S-tronic transmission.
What are the key standard features of the Audi A1?
The A1 has three trim levels, starting with SE, which includes 15in alloys, DAB radio, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 6.5in screen, an aux input, an SD memory card reader, air conditioning, electric front windows and heated electric mirrors.
- Sport adds 16in alloys, sports suspension, Audi’s Drive Select system that allows you to toggle the characteristics of the car, Bluetooth with voice control, USB connectivity, a second SD card reader, a multi-function steering wheel and front fog lights.
- S line adds 17in alloys, S line sports suspension, half leather seats, a leather steering wheel, an interior lighting pack, xenon headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillights and various bits of sporty trim.
What are the key options?
There are plenty of options available including different alloy wheels, trim and sat nav systems but it’s best to go for one of the many packs, which bundle several options together for a fixed cost. They include a technology pack with sat nav and various infotainment features and a comfort pack with the likes of cruise control and rear parking sensors.
How spacious is the Audi A1?
The A1 Sportback is roomier than the three-door, so that’s the one to go for if space is a priority. The Sportback is 6mm taller and 6mm longer than the three-door A1. Both the three-door A1 and the five-door Sportback model have 270-litre boots that increase to 920 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
What will it cost to run?
The lowest emitting A1 is the 1.6 TDI diesel model with the manual gearbox with 92g/km, which is in the 16% benefit in kind band. However, the model in the lowest company car tax band is actually the 1.0 TFSI petrol with 97g/km and is in the 14% band because it doesn’t shoulder the current 3% diesel levy. Emissions increase a little for models fitted with the S-tronic automatic gearbox and for different trim levels with larger wheels.
What safety features does it have?
The A1 scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test and all models come with six airbags, Isofix child seat mounts, a category one alarm and central locking.
The alternatives include the Mini, Citroen DS3, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500, Vauxhall Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Suzuki Swift, Toyota Yaris, Alfa Romeo Mito and the Mazda 2.
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