Our cars: Audi A1 - May

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Audi A1
Audi A1
Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport

Week ending May 25
Mileage 12,100
Miles this week 800


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Having done quite a few miles in the A1 – a vast majority of which have been on the motorway – you'd expect a couple of stone chips to appear on the bonnet. There are a few on our car, but it's not excessive.

However, reader Paul got in contact earlier this week to say he had many chips on his A1, even though he got his at about the same time as us (October 2011). His is in Phantom Black, one of the special pearl colours, whereas ours is in Ice Silver.

Has anyone else had a lot of stone chips on their A1? Let us know.

Rosie.McMahon@whatcar.com

Rosie's Audi A1 on video


Week ending May 18
Mileage 11,300
Driven this week: 550


With the amount of rain we’ve had recently, I’ve been glad to have the automatic lights and wipers on our A1. It’s a bit lazy, I know, but it’s one less thing I have to worry about when I’d rather be concentrating on picking my way through the sodden traffic.

The wipers usually speed up or down depending on the intensity of the rain, but on a couple of occasions I’ve had to knock it up to a faster frequency.

However, the automatic lights do bug me: there’s no light on the dashboard to say if the lights are on or not. So, just to be on the safe side, I have to turn the dial to make sure the lights are on.

Rosie.McMahon@whatcar.com

Week ending May 11
Mileage 10,750
Driven this week: 150 miles


The stop-start system in the A1 is pretty good. I don't use it that often – I'm rarely in urban areas for more than a couple of miles, and motorway jams usually rumble forward slowly – but I'm glad it's there when I'm stationary. In fact, I find myself tutting when I drive a car that comes without a stop-start system.

However, the A1's system isn't perfect. If I'm at a junction and there's a gap in the traffic that requires a rapid response, inevitably the stop-start system kicks in. This is annoying, because by the time I'm fired-up again, the gap in the traffic has been and gone.

Rosie.McMahon@whatcar.com

Week ending May 4
Mileage 10,600
Driven this week: 300 miles


On a recent week off, I did quite a lot of miles in a short space of time – enough to want to have a supply of water, treats and change of glasses to hand for my passenger and me.

Happily, the A1’s little cubby at the base of the centre console managed to hold everything we wanted without any problems. Even though I didn’t have to change gear that much once I got on the motorway, the gearstick didn’t get in the way when we wanted to get at some refreshment, either.

Rosie.McMahon@whatcar.com

Rosie's Audi A1 on video

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