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3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Smart, high-tech hatch is desirable but not exciting

Audi A1 Sportback (18 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £18,305 - £31,115
Lease from new From £257 per month
Used price £14,120 - £26,105
Used monthly cost £352 - £652
Fuel Economy 39.8 - 52.3 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 16 - 31 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Comfortable, nicely equipped cabin
  • Good fuel economy
  • Attractive personalisation options

CONS

  • 2.0-litre model underwhelming
  • Pricier than rivals, steep PCP finance
  • No diesels available

Audi A1 Sportback rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

The 2018 Audi A1 Sportback is a premium rival to the MINI Hatch and DS 3, as well as upmarket Vignale versions of the Ford Fiesta in the supermini hatchback class. But it is also closely related to the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza – the three cars are all based on the same underpinnings.

This second-generation model is available only as a five-door version, known as a Sportback in Audispeak. There’s not a three-door version this time. It’s externally a bit longer than its predecessor, although narrower and lower, and feels noticeably larger than before inside. Audi says you get more shoulder and elbow room with enough space so that four six-feet adults have just enough room to travel in comfort.

There’s more space out back too – a 335-litre boot with the seats up, and 1,090 litres with them folded. That’s more than you get in the key MINI rival.

What’s it like inside?

A standard 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster lend a slick, modern feel. The high-tech gloss complemented by crisp, architectural lines of the dashboard.

The trade-off is some hard, cheap-feeling interior plastics in surprisingly noticeable places – the top of the doors, for instance. However, physical buttons are logically arranged, and the touchscreen intuitive to navigate.

Which engines are available?

There are four turbocharged engines available – all petrol this time with no diesel in sight, largely because it’s not a traditionally strong seller in this size car. You can also choose between a six-speed manual or dual-clutch S Tronic automatic gearbox Engines take the form of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine badged 25 TFSI (95hp), or 30 TFSI (116hp) and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder 35 TFSI with 150hp.

Top of the range is the 40 TFSI, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 200hp – this comes in S Line Competition trim, with 17-inch platinum grey alloy wheels with matching door mirror housings, adaptive suspension and red brake calipers.

Audi A1 Sportback (2019) interior

What trim levels?

All other models are available in SE, Sport and S Line trim. As well as the media system and instrument cluster mentioned earlier, standard equipment across the range includes a multi-function steering wheel, LED front and rear lights, DAB radio, smartphone interface, voice control, electric heated mirrors, plus lane-departure warning, and Audi pre-sense, with pedestrian/cyclist recognition.

Sport upgrades the wheels from 15- to 16-inch alloys and you get cloth sports seats, cruise control and rear parking sensors. S Line introduces 17-inch alloys, sports suspension (which can be deleted), bodykit and half cloth/half leatherette trim.

There are plenty of opportunities to personalise the Audi A1 Sportback, with some key equipment combined in attractive bundles. The S Line Style and S Line Contrast packages add upgrades including leather or Alcantara fake suede upholstery, unique alloy wheel finishes and darker exterior trim highlights.

Buyers can also choose the Technology Pack (MMI Navigation Plus, Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging, and Audi Connect smartphone mirroring), and the Comfort and Sound Pack (Bang & Olufsen 11-speaker stereo, parking sensors/camera and heated front seats).

To see how it compares with its rivals, read on…

Audi A1 Sportback rivals

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