Space & practicality

Audi A1 Hatchback review

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11 Dec 2015 14:18 | Last updated: 27 Sep 2018 09:38

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Audi A1 hatchback front space

There’s enough space for tall adults in the front of the A1, with adequate head, leg and shoulder room, but many rivals offer more generous proportions.

There’s not a huge amount of oddment space on offer, mind you; you get a couple of cupholders in an awkward place behind the gearlever, while the door pockets can cope with decent-sized drinks bottles – but that’s about it.

Audi A1 hatchback rear space

This is one of the A1’s weakest areas because, regardless of whether you choose the three-door version or the five-door Sportback, the swooping roofline doesn’t do much for rear head room. Throw in knee and leg room that are worse than average and you end up with two rear seats (three in the Sportback) that are really best suited to children.

Only the shortest of grown-ups are likely to undertake anything more than a brief journey in here without complaining – and, even then, they’re unlikely to find the near-vertical rear seatbacks particularly comfortable.

There’s not a lot of oddment space, either – just a cubbyhole at your feet between the front seats, plus small side pockets.

Audi A1 rear seats

Audi A1 hatchback seating flexibility

All three-door A1s get ‘easy-entry’ front seats as standard; they move up as well as forward to open up a larger gap through to the rear seats, and they return to their original position when you slide them back into place. In all versions, the rear seats split and fold, so it is possible to still have one rear passenger on board when you’re carrying larger loads. The rear seatbacks don’t lie totally flat, however.

All A1s get a height-adjustable front passenger seat and all but entry-level SE models come with lumbar adjustment for your front passenger, too.

Audi A1 hatchback boot space

The A1’s boot capacity, in both three-door and five-door versions, is 270 litres; that’s enough for a decent-sized load of shopping, but not quite enough for a full set of golf clubs or one of the bulkier baby buggies. Indeed, in our suitcase test, we managed to fit just four cases, and it was tight. A five-door Mini or Ford Fiesta is a better load-lugger. To add to the A1’s failings, there’s a fair-sized boot lip to lift heavier items over.

The S1’s boot is even smaller with the rear seats up or down, due to the extra gubbins of the four-wheel drive system.

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