Ad closing in a few seconds...

Other Audi A1 models:

View all Audi A1 reviews
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Rivals

MINI Hatchback

4.2 out of 5 4.2

The MINI Hatch is a three- or five-door premium hatchback rivalling the desirable Audi A1, the Volkswagen Polo, equally-retro Fiat 500 and similarly-sized Alfa Romeo MiTo and DS 3. It also competes with other superminis like the SEAT Ibiza and Mazda 2. It's a familiar sight on UK roads, which isn't surprising considering its eye-catching styling,... read more

PROS

  • All models are great fun to drive
  • Interior is high-tech and high quality
  • All engines are impressive
  • Bags of character inside and out

CONS

  • Top-spec models on expensive side
  • Optional extras can be pricey 
  • Boot and rear seat space is cramped
  • Ride can be firm on larger wheels

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

4.3 out of 5 4.3

Secretly everyone wants to be like the Volkswagen Polo – smart, sassy and just that bit more sophisticated. That said, the Ford Fiesta remains the biggest-selling supermini in the UK. Now in sixth-generation guise, the Polo is piling even more pressure onto rivals – which, among a plethora of contenders, also include the SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1,... read more

PROS

  • Impressive array of on-board technology
  • Efficient engine range, plus powerful GTI
  • Strong brand image
  • Spacious for a supermini

CONS

  • The fanciest equipment is optional
  • Refinement occasionally lets it down
  • Variable ride comfort
  • Not especially fun to drive

DS 3

3.6 out of 5 3.6

The DS 3 hatchback has been around longer than you may realise. Badged a DS since 2014, it previously lived life as the Citroen DS3 before the two brands were split. A year after the separation the 3 received DS’s more distinctive front grille and some tweaks to the interior and specification levels. In essence though, it’s still the same car that... read more

PROS

  • Stylish design
  • Punchy petrol engines
  • Economical diesels
  • Personalisation options

CONS

  • Ride quality can be poor
  • Odd driving position
  • Interior ergonomics
  • Not the most practical

Next steps