What Car? says
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. Diesel engines are noisy.
Verdict The Audi A1 makes a fine used buy. 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.
Go for… 1.4 TSI Sport
Avoid… Anything Sportline
- 1. All the A1's engines are up to the job, while fit and finish meets the usual Audi standards of quality.
- 2. As you progress through the trims, you get stiffer suspension, bigger wheels and a firmer ride. Don't expect any bargain basement deals.
- 3. The A1 is all that's good about the Audi brand, in a package less than four metres long. However, unless you can live with a firm ride, avoid the stiffest suspension and biggest wheels.
- 4. The A1 is the quietest premium supermini there is. The diesel engine can rattle when pulling away, but the petrols are always smooth and quiet, and you’re always well insulated from wind- and road noi
- 5. The A1 has proved durable, but electrical gremlins can cause warning lights to appear for no apparent reason.