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  • Bluetooth (on SE trim)
  • Deselect Sport suspension (on Sport trim)
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Trim level

S1 Competition Nav
Essentially, this adds more visual styling details to the regular S1. It&#39;s not worth the extra, in our view.
S1 Nav
The fastest A1 comes with plenty of standard equipment, including a sporty-looking bodykit, xenon headlights, aluminium flourishes on the door mirrors, part-leather sports seats, climate control and automatic lights and wipers. It also gets two seats in the rear, regardless of whether you order the three-door or five-door Sportback model.
Black Edition Nav
Based on S line, this even pricier trim adds Alcantara sports seats, climate control and plenty of bespoke styling touches. The cheaper trims make far more sense financially, though.
S line Nav
One of the most extreme of the A1’s regular trim levels, S line brings sports-focused styling modifications rather than a much longer standard equipment list. You get a bodykit, 17in alloy wheels, part-leather sports seats and xenon headlights. It has an even stiffer suspension set-up than Sport – although, again, you can go for the softer SE set-up at no cost. We don’t think there’s enough extra useful kit here to warrant the additional charge over the Sport model, so we’d give it a miss.
Our pick
Sport Nav
This is our preferred trim level. It adds Bluetooth, sat-nav, a leather-covered steering wheel, sports seats (including lumbar adjustment) and aluminium interior highlights to SE’s kit roster. You also get stiffer suspension, which is a bit too firm for our liking – but you can revert to SE’s softer set-up as a no-cost option. Sport trim is also available with our favourite engine, the 1.4 TFSI 125.
Entry-level SE trim gets some decent standard equipment, including 15in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, air-con, a 6.5in colour infotainment screen and a DAB radio. There are a couple of caveats; you’ll have to pay extra for Bluetooth and there’s the choice of just two engines – the 1.0 petrol or 1.6 diesel, neither of which is our pick of the range. This is a decent entry point to the A1 line-up, but there are better options if you can afford the extra.
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Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

39.2-74.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

100-99 g/km

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920 litres

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