Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi A1 hatchback?
Check the alloy wheels of your potential purchase. Due to the Audi A1 being designed for urban dwellers, the previous owner may have mounted or brushed up against a kerb or two during their ownership and damaged the surface of the wheels.
Check the spec sheet of your car with an Audi dealership if you need a car with sat-nav. The onboard screen doesn’t come with it as standard, but it can be activated by purchasing an up-to-date SD card – although this is only the case if the car is set up for it. Some owners didn’t specify it and it's not possible to retrofit it. The dealership should be able to tell you if your car has it if you provide them with the chassis and registration number of the car.
Some owner have also reported that the Bluetooth system misbehaves from time to time, which means you are not able to connect your phone to the car. There have been some niggly electrical faults, but nothing truly major.
Is a used Audi A1 hatchback reliable?
The A1 was quite reliable, doing better according to the most recent reliability surveys than nearly all its competitors. In fact, in our most recent one, it came in mid-table in the small car class, an unusually disappointing result as the A1 normally finishes in the top three. Audi as a brand finished in 21st place out of 31 manufacturers.