(Pocket-lint) – The Audi A1 is the infant of the Audi household with its cutesy hatchback styling setting it other than the bigger and extra serious-looking Audi A3. It shares related entrance styling to its bigger brother, giving it a barely aggressive look from the entrance, however look down the facet and across the again and issues are just a little extra bubbly and much more enjoyable.
There are two variations of the A1, the usual 3-door model and the 5-door Sportback, supplying you with again doorways in your passengers’ comfort. It is a good sufficient trying small automobile, though the quick roof means a rear that slopes off relatively much less sharply than some. That does not impinge on the dimensions of the boot nevertheless, with 270-litres of storage, about the identical because the VW Polo.
The design appears to choose a center floor between conventional hatch and supermini. However it’s a design that is attracting loads of drivers judging by the variety of Audi A1s on the highway. We additionally preferred the break up color scheme with a silver roof – though that is an choice that may price you £400 – which provides it a particular look, in an analogous approach to the Citroën DS3.
We suspect that the variety of Audi A1s on the highway may be right down to the beginning value of simply over £14k for the 3-door, for which you may get a 1.2-litre petrol engine with SE trim. The 5-door Sportback begins at £600 extra, with the identical engine and trim, however it’s essentially the most reasonably priced path to a brand new Audi and that four-ring badge is actually en vogue for the time being.
The Audi A1 Sportback we obtained our palms on, pictured right here, nevertheless, was on the different finish of the size. With a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine and S line trim, this mannequin begins at simply over £20k, earlier than you begin piling in a few of the choices, carry the ultimate on the highway value for what you’ve right here as much as £25,940.
It is price maintaining a tally of these costs and choices, as a result of by the point you stand up to that degree, you might get the identical nice engine within the glorious A3 Sportback with S line trim.
Internally, with the S line trim and Black Dash fabric and leather-based end, it is a good place to be. The excessive place of the motive force’s seat fits the kind of driving that compact hatches typically do and that is darting round city areas. There’s loads of visibility so you may see what is going on on round you and the compact nature of the A1 means it is easy to get out and in of these tight parking areas and so forth.
The snug seats present loads of help lending to the sporty really feel that Audi needs the A1 to impart, however the inside design is distinctly Audi, reflecting most of the options you may discover within the different vehicles throughout the Audi household. Issues are sensibly laid out when you’re within the driver’s seat with the handy controls on the steering wheel. The Audi A1 makes some compromises in sitting on the entry-level, with a slight drop within the inside high quality from larger fashions. The dials of the local weather management and the motive force’s digital show do not give fairly the identical impression as they do elsewhere within the vary, even when they evaluate favourably with rivals.
The steering wheel, nevertheless, within the S line trim, does really feel pretty with its leather-based end and it is these contact factors – steering wheel and seats – which we predict are an important. No complaints in that division, then.
Outfitted with the two.0-litre 6-speed handbook, our check Audi A1 was fitted with an engine you may discover broadly throughout the VW-Audi group. With 143PS at your disposal, it is various energy for a small automobile. If it is velocity you are after, there’s the choice for a 185PS 1.4-litre TFSI petrol which can make it just a little extra racey on the roads, however we suspect some will save their money and go for one thing barely smaller.
However with an enormous diesel below the bonnet, the Audi A1 Sportback will fortunately velocity you in regards to the place with out having to fret about shedding energy if you hit the primary hill, or if you determine to make use of these again seats to port your kids round.
Nonetheless, the very first thing we observed in regards to the TDI was the noise degree, which is fairly noticeable inside the cabin. It is not the kind of symposer-enhanced sports activities automobile noise you may get in a Ford Fiesta ST, as you are listening to an enormous 2.0-litre diesel. However there are a variety of nice engine choices, so it is nicely price a check drive to see what suits your necessities in the true world.
We turned the wonderful Bose sound system (a £690 improve) up just a few notches, tuned within the radio and set off down the roads of Warwickshire to benefit from the energy in addition to the financial system, with Audi saying you may get near 69mpg on a mixed cycle from this engine. That ought to put a smile in your face, even when the marginally harsh S line suspension may very well be just a little agency for some.
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An awesome little enjoyable automobile to drive, it is apparent why we have seen a rising variety of Audi A1’s on the highway. We’re not completely satisfied that the two.0-litre diesel would be the most suitable choice for all, however there is no shortages of choices on this child Audi.
Writing by Chris Corridor.