Audi A1 (2015-2017) Review

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  • Quality feel
  • Good interior
  • Not bad to drive
  • Iffy ride quality
  • Cramped rear
  • Expensive
53.3 - 74.3
CO2 emissions
99 - 120 g/km
First year road tax
£145 - £205
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The Audi A1 is the smallest model the German carmaker sells, but it’s been injected with all the qualities that make us love the firm’s larger models – it’s solidly built, boasts impressive features and high-tech engines. It might cost more than the Fiat 500 or a Vauxhall Adam, but then it feels like it does.

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There is one problem, though, and it’s called the Mini hatchback. The British-built challenger is three years younger than the Audi and that shows in its higher-quality cabin and the detailed graphics of its infotainment screen.

It’s also a good deal more fun to drive, but the A1 is still easy to operate and has great all-round visibility. All engines are economical too, with the 1.0-litre petrol the perfect choice for a city runabout, and the 1.6-litre diesel serves as a great motorway companion. Of course, the super-fast S1 isn’t as frugal, but few rivals can match its performance.


A lofty sticker price but low running costs and a premium badge make this a great premium city runabout

Mat Watson
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If you want the kudos of Audi’s premium badge, but in a smaller package that’s ideal for city driving, then the Audi A1 is a desirable model, especially when Mercedes and BMW have yet to launch direct rivals. Arguably its biggest obstacle comes from within its own ranks – the Volkswagen Polo offers broadly the same classy experience but costs quite a bit less.

Want to see the paint finishes on offer? Read our Audi A1 colours guide. To see if this compact car will fit into your life, check out our Audi A1 dimensions guide.

Audi is preparing to launch a new high-performance model before the A1 is replaced in 2018. See the exclusive renders in our Audi RS1 price, specs and release date article.

For more in-depth and detailed analysis of the A1, read through the Interior, Practicality, Driving and Specifications sections of our review over the following pages.

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