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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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There are 22 Audi A1 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 86 SE 3dr £14,115
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 3dr £15,175
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 86 Sport 3dr £15,955
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport 3dr £16,365
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Sport 3dr £17,015
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 140 Sport ACT 3dr £17,215
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 86 S line 3dr £17,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport auto 3dr £17,815
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 S line 3dr £17,910
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 86 S line Style Edit 3dr £18,450
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S line 3dr £18,560
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 Sport 3dr £18,640
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 140 S line ACT 3dr £18,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 S Line Style Edit 3dr £18,860
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 122 S line auto 3dr £19,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S line Style Editi 3dr £19,510
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 140 Black Edition ACT 3dr £20,010
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 S line 3dr £20,185
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 185 S line auto 3dr £21,420
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 Black Edition 3dr £21,435
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 185 Black Edition aut 3dr £22,670
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TFSI 231 S1 3dr £24,905
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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