Overall, the A1 is a darned fine car. At least, the version we’ve driven so far is, being comfortable and tidy to drive and reasonably roomy, while it should be no more expensive to run than non-premium rivals. However, while it offers a better premium small car package than the Mini 5dr, the Volkswagen Polo has all the same virtues, plus it’s roomier and has a slightly smarter interior. Oh yes, and more equipment, for a much lower price tag. So while the A1 is a very good small car, it’s hard to see what, other than those four rings on its bonnet, you’re getting for your extra cash.read the full model review
The fastest A1 comes with plenty of standard equipment, including a sporty-looking bodykit, xenon headlights, aluminium flourishes on the door mirrors, part-leather sports seats, climate control and automatic lights and wipers. It also gets two seats in the rear, regardless of whether you order the three-door or five-door Sportback model.
Engine:S1 TFSI Quattro Competition Nav
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 it’s never noisy to the point of being tiresome. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox available.