Our cars: Audi A1 - December

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Audi A1 1.4 122 TFSI Sport

Week ending December 23
Mileage 4800
Driven this week: 610 miles

The A1 got an early Christmas treat this week: winter tyres.

I live out in the middle of nowhere – my road never gets gritted in cold weather, and the A-road a mile or so away hasn’t always been treated in the past – so the tyres will give me an extra bit of grip if the temperature plummets.

The tyres cost £792 (with fitting plus VAT), but I’d rather pay for peace of mind. The only drawbacks I’ve found so far are the new alloys (which don’t look as good as the originals) and increased road noise.

It’s just as shame the temperature hasn’t dipped below 9C since I got them!


Week ending December 16
Mileage 4190
Miles this week 633

The good news is that the rattle the A1 was in the garage for last week has been fixed. The engine mount was the cause, and the fault was fixed under warranty – so now there are no more worrying noises when moving off.

However, the louder rattle was covering up a slightly quieter one, which the garage noticed on a test drive. They think it’s the window seal on the passenger door, and might be the slightly twisted seal. The garage didn’t have the replacement part, so I might have to wait until the new year for it to be fixed.


Week ending December 9
Mileage 3557
Miles this week 557

The A1 has been in the garage for a few days this week to get a couple of niggling problems fixed (more on that soon).

That meant getting a courtesy car, and I have to admit I was surprised to get this 11-plate A3 hatchback. It’s not a basic-spec one, either: it’s a 1.6 TDI S line, so it has some toys on it as well as stiffer, lower suspension and 18-inch alloys.

I think Audi’s quality has improved between the A3’s debut in 2003 and the A1’s last year: to me, the A3’s interior isn’t quite as good as the A1’s.


Week ending December 2
Mileage 3000
Miles this week 295

I went to Bath and Wells the other week for a short break. I don’t know north-east Somerset very well, so the A1’s sat-nav got an outing, too.

It got me to all the places we wanted to get to without any problems (although I vetoed some directions, and there was some confusion in Bath city centre). The sat-nav lady told me what to do in plenty of time, too.

The screen also shows historical buildings in 3D (that’s Wells Cathedral in the picture). This was fine when they were few and far between, but going through Bath the graphics blocked the sat-nav route. In night mode I couldn’t see it at all.


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