The Audi A1 is a former What Car? Car of the Year (2011) – and for good reason. It may share a number of mechanical parts with the humbler Volkswagen Polo, but the A1 feels every bit an Audi, with a gorgeous interior that’s nicely screwed together. And that's consistent regardless of whether it's the three-door or five-door Sportback model.
Yes, the little A1 is proof that buyers are willing to pay a premium for a high-end small hatchback.
However, the A1 has been around for a long time now and, to remain a true premium contender, it must do more than just look the part and wear the price tag. It needs to be as good to drive and as classy as the competition, which includes the Mini hatchback, among others.
So does this small but aspirational car still have the wherewithal pull that off? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for which trim and engine to choose.