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Audi A1 (2015-2017) Review

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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Quality feel
  • Good interior
  • Not bad to drive
  • Iffy ride quality
  • Cramped rear
  • Expensive
47.9 - 76.3
CO2 emissions
97 - 139 g/km
First year road tax
£125 - £205
Safety rating

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
carwow expert

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.

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.