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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Desirable Audi is still the premium supermini choice

Audi A1 Hatchback (10-18) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Stylish and classy
  • Strong residual values
  • Feels beautifully made

CONS

  • Unforgiving ride
  • Others are better to drive
  • Not great value 

At a glance

New price £14,115 - £29,075
Used price £3,485 - £18,270
Used monthly cost £86 - £451
Fuel economy 39 - 76 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £235
Insurance group 9 - 38 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Stylish and classy
  • Strong residual values
  • Feels beautifully made

CONS

  • Unforgiving ride
  • Others are better to drive
  • Not great value 

Audi A1 Hatchback rivals

DS
3
3.6 out of 5 3.6
Alfa Romeo
Mito
3 out of 5 3.0

The Audi A1 appeals for its intangible strengths – brand values, build quality and strong residuals

A small Audi is big news in the car world. Signalling the brand’s first ever head-to-head battle with MINI – a car made by Audi’s arch enemy, BMW - the new A1 takes a very different, grown-up approach.

Read: 2018 Audi A1 Sportback news, specifications and launch date

Instead of focusing on fun, the A1 smacks of classy sophistication. There’s the usual soft-touch materials and leather dotted around the cabin along with some excellent technology on offer too.

Quite frankly, nothing in its small premium class looks and feels so expensive behind the wheel even though underneath the smart-suited A1 is the humble Volkswagen Polo’s underpinnings. Its closest rivals are the Alfa Romeo Mito and DS 3.

Audi A1 diesel and petrol engine lineup

As well as the general core, the A1 has also borrowed a number of Volkswagen Group engines with a wide choice of fuel efficient turbocharged petrol engines and cheap-to-run diesel models to pick from.

There’s even a rather boisterous 184hp petrol model if you’re after something with a little added spice.

The range of petrol engines kick off with the 86hp 1.2-litre and then the larger 122hp 1.4-litre. The range-topping petrol engine is the 182hp turbo- and supercharged version to challenge the Mini Cooper S. This will deal with the 0-62mph sprint time in just 6.7 seconds and comes with the company’s excellent seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Audi A1: the bestselling diesel options

Among the diesel options is the 1.6-litre TDI that is capable of achieving 74mpg, according to Audi, as well as CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

This means annual tax costs are low as well as making it a more viable option for company car drivers.

Facelifted in 2015 – Audi A1 improvements

A welcomed facelift came in 2015 with a wider grille, new bumpers and alloy wheel designs. These models also feature more equipment, as well as a raft of engines revisions.

Something that the smallest Audi in the range does have in common with its biggest rival, MINI, is the customisation and personalisation available for buyers.

Making its Audi debut is a 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder unit, and the cylinder-on-demand engine has been given a power boost. Efficiency of the 1.6-litre diesel engine is up, with Audi promising 80.7mpg and 92g/km of CO2.

Higher performance from Audi S1

Until it went off sale in 2017, the Audi S1 was a very compelling, if expensive, small hot hatchback.

It used the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine as the VW Golf GTI, which mean it had more than ample performance, and got Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system for ultimate traction.

Read the full Audi S1 review

Personalised approach

Something that the smallest Audi in the range does have in common with its biggest rival, MINI, is the customisation and personalisation available for buyers.

As well as the usual raft of options on offer from the German firm, there is the choice of contrasting rooflines along with a number of other additional equipment, even a bike rack is available for the little three-door.

Audi A1 Hatchback rivals

DS
3
3.6 out of 5 3.6
Alfa Romeo
Mito
3 out of 5 3.0

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