On the face of it, the Audi A1 is not a cheap small car; its prices definitely sit a notch above those of the VW Polo, let alone the Ford Fiesta or any of the more mainstream opposition. However, it is priced broadly in line with most Minis – especially if you take our advice and pick one of the more modest trim levels from the A1 line-up.
The good news is that the A1’s resale values are strong. If you’re buying the car outright, this means you can look forward to getting a decent percentage of your purchase price back when you sell the car on in, say, three years. This trend is also reflected in the A1’s finance offers, which look particularly appealing; it’s a strong proposition on the types of PCP deals that are so popular in the small car market.
On paper, the cheapest petrol A1 to run is the 1.0-litre three-cylinder model, since it emits less than 100g/km of CO2 (with a manual gearbox). The 1.4-litre TFSI’s emissions are still respectable, although you just need to bear in mind that the figures go up as you bump up the wheel sizes.
The 1.4 TFSI 125 scored an impressive 46.9mpg in our True MPG real-world fuel economy test, which wasn’t too far off the official figure. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the 1.4 were actually a little more economical than the 1.0 in everyday use, simply because you don’t have to rev the engine as hard.
Curiously, the higher-powered 1.4 is actually more efficient again; this is because it’s a more sophisticated engine that can shut down cylinders on the fly to save fuel when you’re cruising along.
Almost all diesel A1s emit less than 100g/km of CO2; you have to choose an automatic version on 18in wheels before it nudges above the magic figure.
Depending on the type of driving you do, service intervals can be up to every two years or 19,000 miles. Also, it’s well worth considering the Audi Service Plan, which covers the cost of routine servicing for five years or 50,000 miles.