The Audi A1 is one of the best small cars on the market and a former What Car? Car of the Year – and with good reason. It might share a number of mechanical parts with the more humble VW Polo, but the A1 feels every bit an Audi, with a gorgeous interior that’s nicely screwed together, superb resale values and fun, agile handling.
As with many Audis, it's best to avoid large alloy wheels and more sporty suspension options because they don’t do ride comfort any favours. The diesel engine is decidedly noise, too.
However, if you opt for one of the petrol versions, you’ll be getting a comfortable, quiet and posh small car that’s even more fun to drive than a Mini Cooper. There’s even a five-door edition, called the Sportback, if you need easier access to the rear seats, although rear knee room still isn't anything to write home about.
Every trim level comes with a decent amount of standard equipment, and those strong resale values help to keep down three-year running costs – or, alternatively, to make the A1 look particularly tempting for those buying on PCP finance.