Which Audi A1 should I buy?
A reader wants to replace his 2017 Audi with a new A1. Should he go for the 1.0 or 1.5 petrol engine?...
Audi has removed the 1.4.-litre engine from the A1 line-up and the only choices now are a 1.0-litre engine or a 1.5.
My local Audi garage says the direct replacement for the 1.4-litre model is the 1.0 30 TFSI, stating that the power output of the two engines only differs by 9bhp; the 1.4 has 125bhp and the 1.0 116bhp.
Does you agree with this, or do you think I’ll miss the power of my 1.4-litre engine if I go for a 1.0-litre instead of the 1.5?
What Car says…
The Audi A1 engine line-up kicks off with the 25 TFSI, which is a 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol, followed by the 30 TFSI, which has 114bhp rather than the 116bhp you've been quoted.
The latter has more than adequate performance for urban and motorway driving. It pulls well from around 2000rpm and, if you let the revs build to 6000rpm before changing gear, 0-60mph takes a respectable 9.1sec. In comparison, the 1.4-litre engine completes the 0-60mph dash slightly quicker - in 8.6sec.
However, if you want an engine that doesn’t need to be worked as hard to get the best performance from it, you might want to consider the 1.5-litre 35 TFSI instead. This has an output of 148bhp and gets into its stride earlier, at around 1500rpm, so not only is it faster outright but it's also more flexible than the 30 TFSI, so you won't need to change gear as often to keep the pace up.
Our advice would be to test drive cars with both engines and see which suits your driving requirements best.
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