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1.0 TFSI
This three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine has a respectable 94bhp, and while itโ€™s comfortable enough for urban use, it can feel a little underpowered if youโ€™re trying to make brisk progress on faster roads. It is efficient, with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km with the standard five-speed manual gearbox fitted. A seven-speed automatic is optional.
1.6 TDI
The sole diesel option in therange has enough power and low-down shove to make the car feel brisk โ€“ and you shouldnโ€™t have to work it too hard to maintain normal progress. Thatโ€™s lucky, because this engine is also gruff and noisy. Like the entry-level petrol, it is available with a five-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
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1.4 TFSI
This four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine has plenty of low-rev shove, so it always feels capable of making the A1 go pretty swiftly. Itโ€™s resonably refined, albeit with a sporty, gravelly note under hard acceleration. It shouldnโ€™t use much fuel, thanks to cylinder deactivation technology that shuts down two cylinders when cruising. Acceptably low CO2 emissions mean it doesnโ€™t cost much in company car tax, either. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a seven-speed automatic available as an option.
With 228bhp on tap, the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine gives the S1 outrageous performance for such a small car; it can catapult this four-wheel-drive hot hatch from 0-62mph in less than six seconds. It has a fairly rorty exhaust note, but itโ€™s never noisy to the point of being tiresome. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox available.

Miles per gallon

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39.2-74.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

100-99 g/km

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920 litres

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