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For The Audi A1 Sportback has a high-quality interior, a range of good engines and is great to drive and own.

Against As you progress up the trim hierarchy, you get firmer suspension, bigger wheels and a firmer ride. List prices aren’t cheap and other five-door superminis are roomier in the back.

Audi A1 Sportback
55 5stars

The Audi A1 Sportback is the classiest of superminis and proves you don't have to scrimp on quality when buying a small car. More useable than the three-door, but still not a match for the best five-door superminis on practicality

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There are 20 Audi A1 versions available

Sportback 1.2 TFSI 86 SE 5dr £14,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £15,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 86 Sport 5dr £16,575
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport 5dr £16,985
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 Sport 5dr £17,635
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 140 Sport ACT 5dr £17,835
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 86 S line 5dr £18,120
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 S line 5dr £18,530
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 86 S line Style Editi 5dr £19,070
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 S line 5dr £19,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 143 Sport 5dr £19,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 140 S line ACT 5dr £19,380
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 S line Style Edit 5dr £19,480
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 S line Style Editi 5dr £20,130
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 140 Black Edition ACT 5dr £20,630
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 143 S line 5dr £20,805
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 185 S line 5dr £22,040
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 143 Black Edition 5dr £22,055
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 185 Black Edition 5dr £23,290
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TFSI 231 S1 5dr £25,635
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

A 138bhp four-cylinder 1.4-litre engine that can close off two of its cylinders when cruising to save fuel is due in the Audi A1 Sportback in the summer. It has the power, economy and emissions similar to the 2.0-litre diesel (due to arrive at the same time), but will be cheaper.

Until then, four engines are available – three turbocharged petrols with 85bhp, 120bhp or 182bhp, and a 1.6 diesel with 104bhp. The mid-range petrol is our favourite, providing the best blend of power economy for an affordable price. However, we suspect it could well be ousted once the clever 138bhp engine becomes available.

We'd advise opting for Sport trim – you get all the goodies you'd want with a suspension set-up that's not too firm.

Audi's five-year servicing plan looks good value and the other option we'd recommend would be the contrasting roof paint job. It makes the A1 Sportback look smart and it should help resale values when it's time to sell the car on.

Reader test team says:

Audi A1 Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 S line 5dr

Have had this car five months and have just traded it in today. Mine is a 2012 model and I have just found out after paying 20k for the car that it…

Natasha Hardie

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport 5dr

I have just taken delivery of my 1.4 TFSI Sport 5 door in Samoa Orange. I opted for the sun roof and the gloss black roof and what a site it is, heads…

Kenn Bertram

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport 5dr

I listened to the good advice given about which model to buy. The 1.4 TFSI is the engine to have and Sport is the trim level if you want to balance…

Chris Ward

5 out of 5 stars
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