The Audi A1 will surprise you with how roomy it is in the front, but it’s more cramped in the back, and if you regularly carry rear-seat passengers, the five-door A1 Sportback may make more sense
By small-car standards, the Audi A1 is decently spacious up front. Head and legroom is reasonable enough, but the same can’t be said for the comparatively cramped rear. There, headroom is really tight thanks to the low roof and the seating is really upright – so not great for tall adults on long journeys.
Fitting a child seat is a bit of a faff in the A1 because it’s a two-door car, so access to the rear seats is already compromised. However, there’s more – once folded, the front seat doesn’t want to stay folded, so it keeps hitting you in the back while you attempt to locate the isofix points which are more difficult to spot than contact lenses dropped in the sea.
Another drawback is that, unlike cheaper rivals such as the Renault Clio and Toyota Yaris, the Audi A1 only has two rear seats. That can be rectified by choosing the £620 more expensive Audi A1 Sportback which gets a full-sized bench.
For such a small car, cabin storage areas are pretty good, but then again this is an Audi and not a Citroen DS3. This means you get a full-size glovebox, storage for many water bottles and an infotainment screen that can be tucked away into the dashboard when not in use. This may be a city runabout, but it’s still an Audi, so there is a mountain of options you can add and one of them is called the Storage Pack. Costing £110 pounds, it adds a storage compartment under the front passenger seat, a net on the side of the centre console and a storage tray with three cupholders in place of the middle rear seat.
The A1 is a great little car, but that's the problem: it really is quite a little car
At 270 litres, the Audi A1’s boot is a fairly good size, being about on par with competitors such as the Citroen DS3. It also has plenty of hooks, tether points and storage areas, and an adjustable boot floor is yours for £205. However, owners of the hot hatch S1 model will have to make do with 60 litres less (due to its all-wheel drive system), and all Audi A1 models suffer from a small step when the rear seats are folded, so it’s not as practical as the capacity suggests. Have a look at our Audi A1 dimensions guide to see exactly how big the A1 is.