Audi A1 hatchback running costs
Compared against its Polo sibling, you’ll pay a hefty price premium to own an A1 and, as you’ll read below, get a lot fewer toys to boot. It’s cheaper than the equivalent Mini 5dr, though. Better news, though, is the A1's promise of dramatically higher resale values. In fact, it has the lowest depreciation in the class.
Strong residuals do wonders for competitive PCP finance, so it's no surprise that the A1 offers decent monthly payments. Take an A1 1.0 TFSI 115 Sport as an example, which is far cheaper than an equivalent Mini 5dr Cooper. Bear in mind, though, that a Polo 1.0 TSI 115 SE L is slightly cheaper per month than the A1 while being more generously equipped.
The 114bhp 1.0 TFSI engine is pretty thrifty with fuel and is claimed to better the MPG you can expect from the Mini 5dr 1.5 Cooper, according to manufacturer figures. If you’re a company car user, the A1’s lower CO2 emissions will deliver cheaper monthly tax payments, too. However, if you can live without the Audi badge, you can get your tax even lower by going for the cheaper and even more economical Polo 1.0 TSI 115.
Servicing costs for the A1 over three years are quite competitive for the class and will cost you less than for a Mini Cooper.
Audi A1 hatchback equipment
As we alluded to above, don’t expect much in the way of standard equipment for your money.
The entry-level SE has the essentials only, with 15in alloy wheels and manual air conditioning rather than climate control.
We’d trade up to Sport, because you get bigger 16in alloy wheels (which don’t ruin the ride), cruise control and the rear parking sensors we mentioned in the visibility section. Sport trim also offers more option choices, and we reckon it’s worth adding climate control and power-folding door mirrors. If you like the idea of front parking sensors and heated front seats, why not go for the Comfort and Sound Pack? It adds both, plus a great sounding B&O sound system, for a combined price that’s barely any more than the cost of the individual options.
Range-topping S line versions are all about sportiness, with bigger wheels, more aggressive looks and sports suspension.
Audi A1 hatchback reliability
Contrary to what you might think, the word ‘Audi’ isn’t the panacea for reliability that you might imagine it to be. In the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, the brand finished 20th out of 31 manufacturers – above Mini but below Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Hyundai and Kia.
So, what cover does Audi give you if things go wrong? The answer is the exact same package as Volkswagen: an unlimited-mileage warranty for the first two years, followed by a third year in which the mileage is capped at 60,000 miles.
Audi A1 hatchback safety and security
At the time of writing, Euro NCAP hadn’t crash tested an A1 to gauge how safe it is. We’ll let you know when it has, but we've every reason to expect it to score at least as highly as the Polo, with which it shares a physical platform.
As standard, the A1 comes with a brace of airbags, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance to nudge you back into line if you drift on the motorway. However, while available on other small cars, useful safety aids such as blindspot monitoring and traffic sign assist aren't offered on the A1.
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