Audi A1

The Audi A1 is the baby of the Audi range, this sleek three or five door supermini is aimed squarely at the young affluent set, the people who can’t walk along the street without a cup of coffee. We like it a lot, it has great engines and is very pleasing on the eye, we still prefer the Alfa Mito but can fully understand why people would fancy the little Audi and not just for the badge and bit of Vorsprung durch Technik as they say in Munich. The A1 is as sleek as a Mini and as well built as a Bentley and 2011 car of the year at Whatcar.


The A1 is available in three trims, the SE, Sport and S-line, The SE is adequate we feel, 15″ alloy wheels, electric front windows, Manual air conditioning, floor mats, fully adjustable steering wheel, front side and head airbags, electric wing mirrors and a six speaker Audio system with full connectivity for memory cards and mp3 players and a 6.5″ pop up information screen which really is a delightful piece of usable technology. The Sport and S-Line add larger wheels, sportier seats and badges and phone connectivity to the media system.


The engine choice is between the 1.4 litre petrol, the new 1.0 litre and the 1.6 litre diesel, the TFSI 1.4 litre 125bhp petrol engine will reach 62 miles per hour in 8.8 seconds and reach 127 miles per hour and return an impressive 55.4 miles per gallon as a six speed manual, the three cylinder 1.0 litre offers 94bhp and has enough pep to reach 62 in an impressive 10.9 seconds and can return 67.3 miles per gallon.  The 114bhp 1.6 litre diesel is slower than the larger petrol but more frugal reaching 62 miles per hour in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 124 miles per hour and economy is 80.7 miles per gallon as a five speed manual. All engines can be paired to 7 speed dual clutch s-tronic automatic which has no affect on performance and only a small amount on the fuel economy.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Audi A1 1.0 litre Sport petrol  3 or 5dr  manual  – Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms) 

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Audi A1 1.0 Petrol SE 3 or 5dr Automatic  – £99 Advance Payment (£59.73 wpms)