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Audi A1

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Summary


The Audi A1 is a small five-door hatchback, available in regular (A1 Sportback) or crossover (A1 Citycarver) body styles. The current A1 is the second generation, which was launched in the UK in late 2018.

Unlike the original A1, there is no three-door version of the current model and there are no diesel-engined versions. As yet, there are also no higher-performance S1 or RS 1 models.

Generally, the Audi A1 Sportback has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media. However, its current overall Expert Rating of 65% (as of August 2021) trails well behind its major rival, the Mini hatch. The A1 has been particularly praised for its comfort and technology, but isn’t as enjoyable to drive as the Mini.

The A1 Citycarver also scores poorly compared to the regular A1 Sportback models, particularly because of its high price, which drags down the Expert Rating score for the overall range.

Audi A1 highlights

  • More comfortable than most superminis
  • Loads of advanced tech from more expensive Audis
  • Great residual values

Audi A1 lowlights

  • Can’t match a Mini for driving dynamics
  • Citycarver model not worth the money
  • No electrified models available

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £19,635 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2018
Last updated: Autumn 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2019

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

73%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

80%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Audi A1 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the A1 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi A1, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën C3 | Ford Fiesta | Mazda 2 | Mini hatch | Peugeot 208 | Renault Clio | SEAT Ibiza | Skoda Fabia | Volkswagen Polo

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