2013 Audi A1 Review | Expert and user reviews | carwow.co.uk

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Smart looks

Excellent interior

Grown up feel

Not great to drive

Ride quality could be better

Little character

The Audi A1 reviews are largely positive. It may be the cheapest model in the Audi range, but the experts reckon it feels just as good as Audi’s more expensive offerings.

The critics are impressed with the car’s class leading build quality, along with its tidy handling and grown-up feel. However, the A1 isn’t the best car in its class, and it certainly isn’t the cheapest.

Interior

Just like every other Audi on sale, the A1’s cabin is beautifully built, it looks smart and is one of the best in any small car. There’s decent adjustability in the drivers seats and steering wheel, and there’s a fair amount of room up front.

However passengers in the back may feel a bit cramped, with limited head and leg room, plus there are only two seats in the back. That being said, the boot is bigger than in almost any other small hatchback.

Quality is excellent throughout, with many similar parts used that are in the big A4 and A6 cars.

Driving

Thanks to a low weight and a short wheelbase, the A1 is one of the most entertaining Audis currently on sale – critics like the sharp steering and the darty front end. However, though the gap isn’t as broad as you might believe, most testers reckon that cars such as the MINI are more fun to drive.

The A1 does start to redeem itself with its impressive overall refinement – the ride may be on the firm side, especially on the super stiff S-Line models, but it’s still comfortable enough on most surfaces, and noise is well suppressed at higher speeds. Visibility all-round is also good, so it’s easy to manoeuvre and park.

Critics say the stop/start system, which cuts the engine off when stationery, works well and isn’t intrusive.

Engines

There’s a broad range of impressive engines on offer in the A1, ranging from a 1.2 turbo petrol right up to a top-of-the-range 2.0 diesel.

Most of the testers are impressed with the petrol engines, especially the peachy 1.4 – whilst the smaller 1.2 engine feels a bit underpowered at times, the 1.4 has a fair bit of poke across the rev range yet returns decent fuel economy and suits the car’s character quite nicely.

However, for the best running costs, you’ll want to have a look at the diesels. They’re not as zesty or as eager as the petrol motors, but they’ve still got enough go to be useful and return very impressive mpg figures. The super-economical 1.6 TDI is a bit slow, but offers seriously low running costs.

If you want an automatic gearbox then you’ll need to go for one of the 1.4 TFSI engines, only manual gearboxes are available on the 1.2 TFSI and 1.6 TDI.

A super-quick limited edition version, called the Audi A1 Quattro. went on sale in 2012.

Value for money

Compared with some other rivals, the Audi A1 can look quite expensive. However, the phenomenal build quality and the desirable badge do go some way to justifying the premium, and there’s a decent amount of kit that comes as standard. However, being an Audi, there are plenty of tempting options that can turn the A1 into a very pricey car indeed.

Audi A1

Running costs, though, should be fairly low, thanks to the efficient range of engines. Also, thanks to the car’s desirability, it’s expected to hold its value quite well.

There’s a really good value 5 year servicing package that’s a must.

Standard equipment is fairly generous for all models. The base SE A1s come with air-con, 15 wheels and iPod connections. The next level is the Sport, which gives sportier seats, Bluetooth and 16 wheels.

Then there’s the S-Line trim, with 17 wheels, a subtle bodykit, sportier suspensions and part leather seats.

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Worth noting

SE, Sport and S-Line trims all have different suspension, with increasing levels of firmness and also increasing wheel sizes (15 for the SE, 16 for Sport and 17 for S-Line). If you’re not after a sporty set-up then go for the more comfortable SE models. Quite a few testers reckon the Sport and S-Line grades are a bit too hard and fidgety on rougher surfaces, so we’d recommend the normal SE trim if handling and dynamics aren’t a major concern to you.

If you’re interested in the A1 but think it’s not practical, then there’s always the A1 Sportback model. For a slight price increase, you get two extra doors, an ever so slightly bigger cabin and the option for three seats over the normal A1’s two seats.

Conclusion

Overall, the Audi A1 is a capable supermini with plenty of things going for it. The build quality is superb, there’s a great range of engines and it’s impressively refined for such a dinky little car. However, it is one of the more expensive cars in its class, and there are equally capable cars in the market for significantly less money.

That being said, the A1 is still a desirable and very good all-rounder, and is easy to recommend.

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