Audi A1 Sportback Review

Overall Rating:

Audi A1 Sportback
From £17,500.00 or £195.36 on LeaseFetcher.

As the most affordable Audi model, there's no easier way to get a taste of what the premium brand can offer. A luxury cabin and innovative tech are just a few stand-out features to get excited over.

Let's take a look at some of the Audi A1's pros and cons.

Pros

  • Beautiful interior - feels luxurious

  • Drives well

Cons

  • Expensive compared to competitors

  • Fiesta is more fun to drive and is cheaper

Exterior

5/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

5/5

Practicality

4/5

Running Costs

4/5

Our Rating:


Overall Verdict

If you want to get your hands on an Audi, the Audi A1 is the cheapest way to do it. With that in mind, the A1 is still an expensive car for its size and is significantly more costly than rivals that are arguably on a similar level. You're paying a premium for that badge, and the luxuries that come with it. It's unfair to compare the A1 too much to the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series, which are both significantly bigger cars! 

Unfortunately, the sporty 3-door version is no longer for sale, so it’ll have to be a 5-door. Still, the A1 Sportback is a great car. There are 7 trims, so plenty of options for you to choose from, and it's entertaining to drive. There are performance engines available if that's your thing, and it handles excellently, both on the motorway and in the city. 

On the inside, this five-door Sportback lives up to its manufacturer's reputation. The dual-screen infotainment touchscreen system is a highlight and adds an element of high-tech class to the cabin and the front seats are really comfortable. There are a few compromises in material quality compared to more expensive Audi cars, but that's to be expected. It's not noticeable unless you're looking for it (or writing a car review)!

The A1's Sportback design makes it one of the best small luxury cars in this category, and it still offers some practicality. With the seats down, there's plenty of boot space. Seats up and the 335-litre boot space is bang-average. The seats in the back will fit two tall adults comfortably, but fitting in the middle position will be a squeeze for most adults. Again, the A1 falls short in the practicality department, with both the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza proving more practical for small families. 

Expensive upfront, the A1 is thankfully reasonably cheap to run. You can find models in insurance groups as low as 9, and the MPGs on all models are pretty decent. Of course, the more sensibly you drive the A1, the lower the running costs! 

Overall, the new A1 is a great car and offers a much-needed touch of luxury to the small hatchback class, where the closest premium supermini is the Mini Cooper. If you don't care about luxury, posh styling choices, and advanced tech, you might want to look elsewhere. The A1 drives well, but it can't compete with the cheap and sporty Ford Fiesta. If you need your new car to be luxurious though, the A1 is a great option.


Available Trims

Technik

The cheapest of the 7-trim line-up, the Audi A1 Sportback Technik offers a decent amount of tech for an entry-level trim. With the Technik, you get 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and an 8.8-inch MMI infotainment system.

From £18,230.00 or £195.36 per month on LeaseFetcher

Sport

Including everything in the base trim, the Sport also upgrades the wheels to 16-inch alloy wheels, and comes with a sportier seat and grill.

From £18,950.00 or £211.32 per month on LeaseFetcher

S Line

Going for the sportiest look possible, the S Line comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and a more aggressive body style than the Sport. The S Line comes with a lower sport suspension, as well as 'S' embossed interior upholstery.

From £20,600.00 or £232.74 per month on LeaseFetcher

S Line Competition

An upgraded S Line, the Competition trim adds a hot hatch look to the A1, coming with an even lower suspension with adjustable dampers. It also comes with some design changes, like red brake callipers and nicer exhaust pipes.

From £25,100.00 or £285.64 per month on LeaseFetcher

S Line Style Edition

The Style Edition offers a different aesthetic twist on the S Line, coming with exclusive paints, re-upholstered leather fabrics, and LED Ambient Lighting. It also comes with 18-inch ‘5-Spoke Y' design alloy wheels.

From £25,435.00 or £327.11 per month on LeaseFetcher

S Line Contrast Edition

Another S Line trim, the Contrast offers a different style. It comes with front sport seats in Alcantara, 18-inch ‘7-spoke rotor' design alloy wheels, and darkened LED headlights.

From £25,435.00 or £327.11 per month on LeaseFetcher

Vorsprung

Top of the range, the Vorsprung comes Audi's Virtual Cockpit, heated front sport seats and 18-inch ‘5-double-arm' design alloy wheels.

From £28,465.00 or £321.93 per month on LeaseFetcher

Exterior

Our Rating:

Small hatchbacks rarely look premium. They're cheap, cheerful, and serve a purpose. The Audi A1 Sportback takes that thinking and throws it in the bin. Sleek, stylish, and looking like an actual Audi, the A1 is a great looking car. At this price point, you're not going to get anything posher. 


Driving Experience

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You can get the Audi A1 in a six-speed manual gearbox, or a seven-speed automatic. Both are solid performers, so this is a matter of preference. 

The entry-level A1 is the petrol engine 1.0-litre 25 TFSI 95bhp, which hits 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds. The cheapest engine to buy up-front, the 25 TFSI is also pretty cheap to run, with a respectable 50 mpg. 

For a faster option, check out the 2.0 40 TFSI 200bhp, which hits 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. Fuel economy is still pretty good, with 40 mpg up for grabs. With a top speed of 146mph, the 40 TFSI 200 is an excellent option for those that want some power. 

The most expensive engine is the 1.5-litre turbo 35 TFSI 150, which returns 44 mpg and has a 0-62 of 7.7 seconds. While this isn't the fastest, or the most efficient, it offers the best of both worlds - albeit at a premium price tag.


Driving Position

With a highly adjustable steering wheel and seat, the A1 Sportback offers an excellent driving position for the majority of people. You can recline the seat quite a bit, so those hovering around the 6-foot mark will have no problem driving this car. For particularly tall people, it might be challenging to get a good position - but it's a small hatchback, not an SUV.


Handling

If you go from a bigger Audi, say the Audi A4, to the A1, you'll be amazed at the nimble handling. Due to the car’s small size, the A1 handles well and makes for a fun drive around country roads. Unfortunately, despite the much larger price tag, the A1 just can't compete with the likes of the Fiesta for driving fun.


Suspension

On the road, the A1's standard Dynamic suspension is pretty good for driving around dodgy city roads. It handles potholes well, and you don't feel like you're on a rollercoaster. If you opt for bigger wheels and the Sport suspension, the ride is a bit too firm for constant city-driving, but it's better than the standard on the motorway.

Audi A1 Sportback Lease

From £195.36 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,344.32 inc VAT
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