Mini One vs Audi A1

Looking for a stylish and classy small car that won't break the bank? Then these entry-level versions of the Mini and Audi A1 should fit the bill, but which is best?...

Mini One vs Audi A1

Our verdict

Even in entry-level One trim the Mini is surprisingly nippy and comes with plenty of equipment. And while it’s not quite as much fun to drive as the Audi A1, it makes up for that by being more comfortable and cheaper to own. 

We’d still recommend stretching to the more powerful Cooper version if you can afford it, but if you can’t you definitely won’t feel disappointed.

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1st – Mini

Mini One vs Audi A1

For Cheaper to own; more standard kit; smoother ride; bigger in the back

Against Alloy wheels cost extra; not as much fun; smaller boot

Verdict A great buy if you can’t quite stretch to a Cooper

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full Mini hatchback review

2nd – Audi A1

Mini One vs Audi A1

For Sharper handling; better quality interior; more frugal

Against Bluetooth costs far too much; weaker, noisier engine; choppier ride

Verdict Pricier A1s make a lot more sense

Rated 3 out of 5

Read the full Audi A1 review

Also consider:

Specifications: Audi A1 1.0 TFSI SE

Engine size 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

List price £14,530

Target Price £14,149

Power 95bhp

Torque 118lb ft

0-62mph 10.9sec

Top speed 116mph

Gov't fuel economy 67.3mpg

CO2 emissions 97g/km

Specifications: Mini One

Engine size 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol

List price £14,075

Target Price £13,366

Power 102bhp

Torque 133lb ft

0-62mph 9.9sec

Top speed 121mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 109g/km