Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Head room and interior width in the front of the Audi A1 are right up with the best in the small car class, but you'll find less leg room than in the surprisingly accommodating Mini. That said, even if you’re more than six feet tall, you should not have any problems.
The A1 also has lots of storage space for those odds and ends you might need during a journey. There's a generously proportioned glovebox, a recess for your phone in front of the gearlever, sensibly sized door bins and a couple of cupholders too.
The Audi A1 is not the best small car for roominess in the rear but it's not overly cramped either. You can fit a couple of six-footers behind people of the same size in the front, although their knees will be brushing the backs of the seats and their heads will probably do the same to the roof lining.
There's plenty more space in the back of the A1 than you'll find in a Mini which, due to its narrow rear bench and high central floor hump, can really only fit two passengers in the back. By contrast, and like its Volkswagen Polo relative, the Audi A1 can squeeze in a third adult, although there'll be some shoulder-rubbing involved. The Polo has more head and leg room, though.
Seat folding and flexibility
Few cars in this class do much to gain a high score for seating flexibility. The Audi A1 is another that's strictly par for the course: you get 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which are released by pulling levers near the rear headrests. That’s your lot.
Along with the usual sliding and reclining motions, the front passenger seat is height adjustable on all trims and has manual lumbar adjustment from Sport trim up.
The Audi A1’s boot falls a whisker short of the biggest load-luggers in the class – those being the Seat Ibiza and Honda Jazz. Its sizeable luggage compartment is very usable, though. It's capable of swallowing five carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf (the Mini 5dr fits four) thanks to minimal levels of wheel-arch intrusion.
A height-adjustable boot floor is a cheap option that’s well worth adding. It increases boot flexibility by letting you create a separate lower boot compartment and, in its highest setting, reduces the height of the lip at the entrance of the load bay.
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