Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

VerdictShould you buy an Audi A1 Sportback?

Unless you need significantly more interior space, the Audi A1 delivers all of the technology and style attributes you'd expect from Audi very effectively. The interior looks advanced, and feels special to be in. It's enough to tick all those premium car boxes without needing to drive something big or costly to run.

It's not even that much of a compromise next to an A3 or A4, either. The Audi A1 Sportback has grown up in its second incarnation, with a more mature feel and some highly impressive tech. The larger bodyshell does have a more mainstream look than the cuter, more compact original, but it also results in a larger cabin and boot – it’s a supermini that can cover more bases than its predecessor, including family duties.

This is an expensive choice compared with rivals, but the 30 TFSI is predicted to retain 45% of its value after three years/60,000 miles, which should help lower PCP monthly payments as well as providing those buying outright with more security.

It’s easy to spend even more than the A1 Sportback’s already high base price, but our choice would be a three-cylinder 30 TFSI with a manual transmission and some nice options rather than a more powerful model with a lower spec.

If you're still not convinced, the more enjoyable MINI Hatch could be for you, or you could save some money and opt for the Volkswagen Polo.