Audi A1 hatchback (2010 – ) first drive – Auto Trader UK

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Audi A1

hatchback (2010 ) first drive

Wednesday 16 2010

Prior to the introduction of the A1, car buyers would have a new Audi as beyond their

But with prices for the A1 starting just over £13,000, the of owning a new Audi is now achievable for more motorists.

Here Trader gives its verdict on the model in the Audi range.

A new for just over £13,000? that means cutting corners?

Not according to Audi, claims it has “shrink-wrapped everything it for to create the new A1”.

The A1 is a three-door, hatchback pitched as a rival to the Hatch. Alfa Mito. 500. Citroen DS3 and 500 Abarth and is as the first “premium” car in its class.

The smallest member of the Audi aims to introduce a whole new to the all-conquering marque which has its model range from 17 to 36 in the past 10 years.

The A1 will be with a choice of three and three trims running the entry-level 1.2 TFSI SE at £13,145 to the 1.4 TFSI S Line with S tronic gearbox topping the at £18,280.

The big seller is expected to be the pragmatic 1.6 TDI which starts £14,180.

Looking good

impressions at the international launch in were of a very smart-looking car no visible compromise to the Audi for build quality.

The A1s featuring the roof contrast line the standouts but all models looked and modern with the continuous line running from the grille to the horizontal rear The A1 looks like an Audi and it look cheap.

The interior goes even to support Audi’s premium for the cheapest model in its range.

The has the robust quality feel from the German manufacturer, the aeroplane-inspired design, with round air vents and central sat-nav and entertainment screen, satisfy Audi’s style-conscious, motorists.

The initial range of provides a broad choice frugal motoring from the and performance and affordability from the two models.

The key points for each are:

1.2-litre TFSI mated with a five-speed gearbox

•    0-62mph in 11.7

•    Top speed 112mph

•   of pulling power

•    55.4mpg

•   CO2

1.4-litre TFSI 120bhp mated with a six-speed

•    54.3mpg

•    119g/km CO2

1.6-litre TDI diesel mated with a manual gearbox

•    0-62mph in seconds

•    Top speed

•    184lb/ft of pulling power


•    105g/km CO2

The A1’s sporty are further supported by an ESP system electronic differential as standard. initiates brief, controlled to the inside front wheel cornering while transferring to the outer wheel to increase

After an hour behind the of the entry-level 1.2 TFSI, we came very impressed by Audi’s car.

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It feels zippy to that turbo input being unexpectedly refined at speeds. It feels like the car has a engine. It is also well-balanced corners.

Audi’s claim that is a very competitive price to pay for a car is justified.

As expected, the 1.6 diesel easier work of cruising and increased comfort and more motoring.

In both cars the are well-made and there is plenty of room for a driver and front passenger. Space is not so generous in the with tight headroom an of the aerodynamic design. But it does the job of two adults in the back.

The A1 boot can 267 litres of luggage in a boot is easy to access. The load is quite shallow but measures up against rivals and flipping the rear seats opens up a up-to-the-roofline capacity of 920 litres.

The A1 will be available in SE, Sport and S trims aside from the 1.4 model which offers no SE Sport is expected to be the big seller only ten per cent of buyers to go for the entry-level trim.

Standard include 15-inch alloy air conditioning, electric front and mirrors and CD/radio with connection.

Opting for a Sport adds £1,800 and buys alloy wheels, sports sports seats, Bluetooth and multi-function steering wheel.

for S Line adds £1,515 to the and adds 17-inch alloy S line body and interior cloth/leather upholstery and LED interior package.

Options include sound system featuring DAB the Multi Media Interface system incorporating satnav and 60 hard drive (20 gigabytes is for music), cruise and parking controls.

As with rivals the Mini and 500, Audi offers personalization opportunities for the car, 800 combinations available for the exterior alone.

Technology, Comfort, Style and Competition line can also be specified while distinctive Audi touch of headlamps and LED daytime running can be specified as an option on S Line

Audi is confident the A1, with 500 placed already, will be a and from what we could see it is be to disagree.

The Audi A1 is available to now with the first models to hit the UK in November 2010.

Key facts:

tested: Audi A1 1.2 TSI

On the road £13,280

Price range: – £18,280

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