New Audi A1 vs new Mini 5dr
The original Audi A1 was small but luxurious and great to drive. Has it repeated, or bettered, that trick with this all-new model? The recently updated Mini 5dr is the best point of reference...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
Almost whichever way you slice it, the Mini will cost you more. It’s the more expensive to buy with cash, it will cost a company car driver in the 40% band over £1,000 more in benefit-in-kind tax over three years, and it demands more on a three-year PCP finance deal. It will also be thirstier, according to the official average economy figures, and pricier to service.
You get more kit for your cash in the Mini, though. As tested, it gets extras such as 17in wheels, climate control and heated seats. The A1 comes with no such trinkets; in fact, it’s pretty sparse.
If you’re comparing safety kit, however, it’s the Mini that looks parsimonious. While the A1 gets automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance as standard, you have to spend on the Driving Assistant Pack to get these safety aids on the Mini. That also adds adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition, though; the former is an upgrade on the A1, while the latter isn’t available.