- 1.0-litre petrol suits most drivers
- Speed-hunters will prefer 2.0-litre petrol
- 115hp 1.0-litre nippy and economical
The best Audi A1 hatchback for me
Following the A1’s launch, only the 1.0-litre petrol is available. Thankfully, this engine suits the car very well, offering surprisingly punchy acceleration, while proving impressively frugal in fuel economy terms, too.
Sport trim is expected to be the most popular option and is a wise choice as it provides a reasonable spread of standard equipment, while proving less expensive than pricier S Line trim.
More powerful petrol engines will be available in time, but we don’t see any need to spend more on these, when the 1.0-litre engine suits the car so well and the A1 is more adept at relaxing driving than tearing around at speed.
We’d spend a little more on the 115hp petrol over the 95hp version for greater performance while still offering the prospect of very strong fuel economy.
Audi A1s we've tested
Audi A1 1.0 TFSI 115 Sport
(Tested December 2018 by Christofer Lloyd)
The A1 is a small, light car and this 1.0-litre engine, though compact itself, offers plenty of punch, punting the car along nicely without you having to work it hard.
With 115hp on tap, acceleration is nippy enough, but more impressive is just how little noise from the motor makes itself heard in the cabin. This is where the A1 really feels like a much bigger car in terms of how it drives.
The ride is mostly smooth, but this A1, even in mid-spec Sport trim, does produce a lot of road noise on rough tarmac, detracting somewhat from its big car feel. Similarly, the A1 doesn’t isolate passengers from bumpy roads quite as well as it could.
The steering, meanwhile, is light enough for easy driving, but doesn’t offer much feedback, making the A1 more suited to those who want their car to distance them from the driving process.
Buying a new Audi A1 Sportback
- Lots of personalisation options available
- There should be an A1 to suit your taste
- 1.0-litre petrol models likely to be most common
It may be small, but the A1 is anything but cheap. High cash prices lead to comparatively high monthly payments on PCP finance, seen in the fact that some versions of the A1 cost barely any less per month than the equivalent Audi A3 (with identical contract terms). Select too many options and you can also increase your monthly payments substantially.
Therefore, it’s wise to avoid selecting too many options and choose a trim level that includes most of the kit that you want as standard. We’d go for one of the 1.0-litre petrols for the best balance of cost, kit and performance.
With lots of personalisation options available, you should be able to tailor the A1 to your heart’s content. However, remember that if you do choose controversial combinations such as yellow paint with red interior trim, the car is likely to be less desirable when you come to the end of your finance contract.
This means that the car could ultimately be worth less, meaning you have less equity to put towards the deposit on your next car. If you bought your car with cash, on the other hand, you’d likely find it harder to sell, or may have to accept less for it than you hoped.
Buying a used Audi A1 Sportback
Despite sitting at the bottom of the Audi lineup, the A1 should last very well for a car of this class, thanks to its high quality materials and general solidity.
While several other brands have better reputations for mechanical reliability, we’d expect the A1 to age very well, looking practically brand new inside and out for years to come.
Selling your Make Model Bodystyle
- Sober colour combinations likely to sell
- Avoid controversial bright trim
- S-Line spec should sell quickly
The 1.0-litre petrol models are likely to sell in the greatest numbers new and we’d expect these to prove popular on the used market too.
Sport and S-Line trims are also likely to be in demand when you come to sell, so opt for the small petrol engine with one of these specifications and you shouldn’t have any trouble selling.
As always, make sure you price your car fairly by getting a Parkers Valuation and put together an informative advert covering the specification and service history for your specific car.
For the best chance of selling quickly and for a good price, ensure you take a number of high-quality photos, showing all of the exterior, cabin and boot, to entice potential buyers to come and view your car over the other models available.