It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the A1. All models have a steering wheel that adjusts for reach as well as height, along with a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Even the basic seat has decent side support (Sport versions and up get a more supportive one), so you won’t slide across it if you’re corning quickly. Step up to Sport trim and you also get adjustable lumbar support.
The dashboard is simple, the instruments are big and clear, and an easy-to-use central control unit gives access to many of the car’s functions.
Audi A1 Hatchback visibility
The A1 has quite small side windows, so you could be forgiven for thinking it’s going to be a struggle to see out. However, there’s still a relatively generous glass area, so it’s easy to position the car’s extremities. The rear window is relatively slim – and thick rear pillars don’t help the view over your shoulder – but rear parking sensors are a relatively cheap option on all models. You can also add front parking sensors, although you don’t really need them on such a compact car.
Audi A1 Hatchback infotainment
Even entry-level SE trim brings a 6.5in colour display mounted high up on the top of the dashboard, plus DAB radio and a single CD player. Pay the extra to add Bluetooth phone connectivity and you could argue that you’ve got all the infotainment equipment you need.
The system itself is easy to use; it’s controlled via a rotary dial and a few buttons in the middle of the dashboard, and the interface is slick and quick to respond.
Stepping up to Sport trim does add a few nice touches; as well as Bluetooth, you get audio controls on the steering wheel and Audi’s Music Interface, which allows you to connect your device (via an iPhone socket or USB) and control it through the car's infotainment screen. You also get a black-and-white display between the instrument dials; it can show information such as the song and artist, the radio station you’re listening to, or data from the trip computer.
Satellite navigation is an optional extra on all A1s. There are two systems (one with the sat-nav information stored on an SD card, the other on a hard drive) and both are easy to use. The hard drive-based one is particularly sophisticated for a car of this size, too.
There are also two types of upgraded audio system available, including a Bose version that pumps out seriously impressive sound quality, even though it isn't exactly cheap
Audi A1 Hatchback build quality
The A1 might be the smallest and cheapest model in the company’s line-up, but you'd never guess from looking at its interior. There are densely padded, squishy plastics in all the right places, and while a few more rugged finishes are present, they’re generally kept down low and well out of sight. The switches and buttons on the dashboard don’t let the side down, either; they look and feel expensive.
Sport-spec A1s and above come with aluminium and gloss plastic interior highlights, so look even more upmarket than entry-level SE versions.