How to spec an Audi A1
Our guide to Audi's small hatchback covers which version to buy, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...
The Audi A1 Sportback is the smallest car its maker sells. It's a rival for everything from the Mini hatchback to the Volkswagen Polo; indeed, it shares many of its mechanical parts with the latter, as well as the Seat Ibiza. And both of those cars are excellent starting points for the A1 – after all, the Ibiza is our former favourite small car, while the Polo is the reigning champion.
Our full 16-point review can tell you what the A1 is like to drive, how easy it is to live with and how much luggage it can hold, but here we're going to focus on which options you should choose when you're ordering one. And there are a lot to choose from, so knowing how to add those extra luxury touches without completely blowing your budget is a real bonus.
Go for our recommended 30 TFSI model and you'll have a peppy 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine at your disposal, while our favourite Sport models give you a decent amount of equipment too, adding 16in alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors to the entry-level SE cars. Still, here's what we would choose.
Metallic paint (£575)
If you don't upgrade to one of the other options, your A1 will come with solid white paintwork as standard. To jazz things up a bit and add future resale value, choose from one of the five metallic options instead. Each costs £575.
Front centre armrest (£150)
Make longer drives that bit more comfortable with this armrest. It's height-adjustable, so you’re guaranteed to find a position that suits you. It also includes an extra storage compartment for your phone or wallet.
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