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Audi A1

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Audi A1

(2018 – present)

    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 67% (as of June 2022) 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 £20,840 on-road

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


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: September 2019
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    Adult protection: 95%
    Child protection: 85%
    Vulnerable road users: 73%
    Safety assist: 80%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Audi A1 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the A1 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    The Audi A1 has a reliability score that’s very slightly better than average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation A1 and the original (pre-2018) version.

    More than 40% of all reported problems with the A1 relate to its electrical system, although the average repair bill is only about £200. Other areas to look out for are the braking and electrical systems, although the average bills for these are again fairly low. Be aware of gearbox problems, however, – although rare, they are expensive with an average repair bill of more than £2,000.

    If you’re looking at a used Audi A1, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

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    Audi A1The Audi A1 has received positive media reviews, with praise for its comfort and technology. The A1 Citycarver version disappoints, however.