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For A small car with Audi qualities and the Audi badge can't fail. All the petrol engines are good, and quality is up to the usual Audi standards. The A1 has a far bigger boot than the rival Mini.

Against As you progress up the trim hierarchy, you get firmer suspension, bigger wheels and a firmer ride. The list prices aren’t exactly cheap, either, and the diesel engines are noisy.

Audi A1 Hatchback
44 5stars

The Audi A1 is a sure-fire hit. It has all that's good about the brand in a package less than four metres long. However, unless you can live with a hard ride, avoid the firmest suspension and biggest wheels.

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The full Audi A1 review

There are 7 Audi A1 versions available

Hatchback 1.6 TDI 116 SE 3dr £15,390
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 Sport 3dr £16,690
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 116 Sport 3dr £17,365
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 S line 3dr £18,685
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 116 S line 3dr £19,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 150 S line 3dr £19,480
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TFSI 231 S1 3dr £25,380
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Audi A1 is a former What Car? Car of the Year winner, and it is still one of our favourite small cars. Even so, there are some versions that are better than others in our view.

The best all-rounder is the 1.4 TFSI in Sport trim, because it’s enjoyable to drive and has decent fuel economy, but whichever A1 you pick, it will hold its value well and provide a decent amount of equipment.

SE trim is noticeably cheaper than the rest of the range, but you don’t forego too many of the toys that make the A1 feel a little more special than some of its rivals. If you go for SE, look at adding Bluetooth connection for an extra £300, but don’t get carried away with the lengthy options list.

S line specification brings more equipment, but also suspension that is too stiff for our liking. Sport is a good compromise between comfort and kit, so that’s the one we’d go for.

Reader test team says:

Audi A1 Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 185 S line auto 3dr

Our A1 1.4TFSI 185 sportback has been with us since December. Build and interior quality excellent. Performance fantastic, steering superb. However,…

Anthony Daly

3 out of 5 stars

Audi A1 Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 86 SE 3dr

Purchase: I bought the car brand new in June 2013 in phantom black with the extras of rear floor mats, servicing plan and cruise control. If you do…

Mary Walsh

3 out of 5 stars

Audi A1 Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Sport 3dr

My car is nearing three years and we are looking at a replacement, it is worth giving a long term look back to follow on from my older review. In…

John bradshaw

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A1 Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport 3dr

BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED!! For a reliable and well built manufacturer I was surprised at how efficient this model is, especially considering its a…

Morven Munro

5 out of 5 stars
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