Audi A1 review (2010 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Audi A1

review (2010

What – Audi A1

– Berlin, Germany

– £13,145 –

Available – On sale arrives in dealers this

Summary – Audi aim at Mini with the all-new A1. But is design and engine efficiency to make supermini buyers twice?

The more we look at the A1, the more we like what we This is no ordinary hatchback just check the way the roofline short of the connecting with the edge of the car.

It’s like a miniature coupé. The shoulderline, the clamshell bonnet and the way the rear lights stand of the back panel, the rising through the bottom of the door it all smacks of premium design

We hardly need explain the A1 is Audi’s answer to the Mini sales of this new supermini are so well it’s set to become fastest selling model. And before anyone had even it.

Promising every existing brand asset, only in a concentrated’ package, plenty of you have already decided car is a sub-four-metre slice of pure

But does it really represent a choice as an alternative to the ultra Mini? Well, that all what you want from car.

Performance

When the A1 reaches UK dealerships – we should warn you, until November – it be available with a choice of 1.2-litre TFSI turbo 122hp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol or 105hp 1.6-litre TDI

We’re sure there’s a reason why Audi isn’t the 105hp version of the 1.2 already in the Volkswagen Polo, but even the lowest kerbweight of any premium this variant of the A1 just slow.

Most buyers are to opt for the diesel. With an additional ft of torque – 184 lb ft compare to 118 this is much more and muscular; relaxed both and out of town.

Sound levels are controlled on the inside – as are on all Audi A1s – and with its revving nature you loose from the everyday driving The extra engine weight however, mildly blunt the performance.

For a more spirited drive, always the 1.4 petrol. Complete a six-speed manual as standard others only get a five-speeder), is one try-hard little turbo enough on the move shove to much larger cars a

Pairing this with its seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission rather blunts the lively playfulness, but delivers one fuss-free driving experience particularly the way it integrates the start-stop

Every A1 is fitted with as standard, but where you have to the manuals into neutral, the DSG you can simply hold the car on the brake and it cut the engine, even with the set to Drive.

Road noise and noise are all but irrelevant – autobahn speeds barely an eyebrow unless you’ve with seriously big wheels but we did experience some strange at times; perhaps an early issue.

Ride and Handling

though they are, of these engines exactly set our on fire – even if the 1.4 certainly plenty of spirit and it’s a similar story the A1’s chassis.

Audi says it set out with in mind. But it always says and only rarely truly If you want your premium to be super fun don’t stop – head straight for a showroom.

Or consider the Citroen

Where a Mini feels alive and frisky and willing, the A1 lead footed and uninspired. no infectious nippiness, no sharp about the steering, nothing to get you wired.

This isn’t to say the A1 is – far from it. But like Audis it feels more than truly engaging, soft fuzzy turn in and an about the body control cornering hard.

On the plus the A1 is hardly demanding. The electronic slip differential software within the ESP – Audi’s to Volkswagen’s XDS – means got to try hard to really …-up a

The A1 is stable, and it hangs on well, the ride quality is generally forgiving than Mini’s. out for the larger wheels and stiffer options, however, which may nuggety and unsettled in the UK.

Interior and

Still, it looks good, So what about the inside? claims this is supposed to be the exciting bit, with a design influenced by aircraft turbine air vents and a centre modelled after a sailing hind end.

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The quality is you’d expect from an an excellent attribute for a car in this We’re failing to see where the wing comes into it, but you can plenty of extra colour all the dashboard.

Part of the inevitable regime, which will in extend to exterior graphic to compliment the colour variable rails, these highlights are made, and enhance the cabin to personal preference. Just be of the Wasabi Green.

The turbine look and feel great, controlled by the chrome knob in centre. All UK launch trims SE, Sport and S line – get a 6.5-inch screen in the dashtop as six speakers, air conditioning and iPod

The screen really is ‘pop-up’ you press it with a finger to it open and close – and a feature. But to properly impress have to spec the MMI+ system, straight out of the latest Audi A8.

Then there’s the Bose 5:1 sound upgrade, which not just 465 watts, not just woofers, but a mammoth total of 14 speakers. Superminis have never sounded so good.

upholstery options abound we particularly like the houndstooth – and you’ll be glad to there’s more rear space here than in a A worthy feat, but Audi have been hard to do worse.

Economy and Safety

Low start-stop, brake energy direct injection and turbocharging the Audi A1 one clean, green In fact, it goes straight to the top of the compact hatchback class.

The 1.2 0-62mph in 11.7 seconds, 112mph, returns 55.4mpg and 118g/km CO2; the 1.4 almost the eco figures – 54.3mpg, CO2 – while making in 8.9 and hitting 126mph.

The diesel 0-62 in 10.5 and 118mph, yet 105g/km CO2 and 70.6mpg; a less 90hp 1.6 TDI in Europe is a 99g/km car Audi UK is waiting for something better.

Safety wise are the usual six airbags and stability plus the passive reassurance of the five Euro NCAP platform of the latest VW Polo and Ibiza (the A1 hasn’t yet officially tested).

The MSN Cars Verdict

The A1 is an Audi. A of the obvious but also an almost explanation and conclusion: Audis are built, good to look at, and technology capable, but most of are ultimately disappointing to drive.

is plenty to admire about new product – and for time sure to become the must urban centre ride. The A1 is a accomplished all-rounder, but ultimately we see it stealing Mini’s funster

The Mini has such character, infuses everything from the experience to its appearance inside and the A1 seems certain to appeal to aspirationists, but leaves our emotional enthusiasm just too cold.

the A1 is more practical, even premium, highly efficient and with a top quality badge. are going to sell an absolute load, and if you haven’t joined the already we suspect you’ll be at the of a very long line.

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