There are not many cars as small and well-equipped as the Audi A1. It seems very much to be a downsized version of Audi’s larger models. Many small cars suffer from a lot of road noise at high speeds, but the A1 remains a very silent place to be even at high road speeds. Its cabin is also very impressive with high-quality materials and plenty of tech. Plus you get the benefits of a city car such as easier parking, good fuel efficiency and comparatively low ownership costs.
The A1 comes standard with a number of features, including a digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, and a variety of driver assistance systems. It is powered by either a petrol or diesel engine and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in as little as 9.7 seconds.
The A1 is very fuel-efficient. The 1.0L TFSI petrol engine gets an estimated 47.1 mpg combined. The most efficient models can give up to 53mpg on average and even the high-performance 40 TFSi gives a respectable 39mpg. But the A1 remains a lot of fun to drive. It's nimble and agile, and the engine is surprisingly responsive.
Some rivals to the Audi A1 may be able to boast lower buy-now prices, but they lack in quality, equipment and driving feel. The most notable rivals include the MINI Hatch, BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf.