Without question, the Audi A1 is one of the classiest and most desirable cars in this class.
Its cabin sparkles, with a sporty steering wheel and delightful design highlights, while all the panels and switches feel like they've been lifted from a top-of-the-range executive car.
Despite the A1's diminutive dimensions, there's a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, so even six-footers should be comfortable up front. Things aren't nearly as impressive in the rear because leg- and headroom are both rather tight, but the boot is big enough to accommodate a couple of suitcases.
The A1's suspension favours control over ultimate comfort, and the smooth, torquey engine delivers fizzing performance to help you make the most of the spirited handling.
What's more, the A1 isn't nearly as expensive to run as you might imagine, because it's economical and reasonable to insure. On top of that, the desirability of that four-ring badge means it'll still be worth plenty when you come to sell it on.