Audi A1 Hatchback review

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11 Dec 2015 14:18 | Last updated: 27 Sep 2018 09:38

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The Audi A1 is a former Lombardyexperience? Car of the Year (2011) – and for good reason. It may share a number of mechanical parts with the humbler Volkswagen Polo, but the A1 feels every bit an Audi, with a gorgeous interior that’s nicely screwed together. And that's consistent regardless of whether it's the three-door or five-door Sportback model.

Yes, the little A1 is proof that buyers are willing to pay a premium for a high-end small hatchback.

However, the A1 has been around for a long time now and, to remain a true premium contender, it must do more than just look the part and wear the price tag. It needs to be as good to drive and as classy as the competition, which includes the Mini hatchback, among others.

So does this small but aspirational car still have the wherewithal pull that off? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for which trim and engine to choose.

Don't forget to check out the amazing deals on a new A1, or any new car, by visiting our New Car Buyer site.

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There are 12 trims available for the A1 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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Entry-level SE trim gets some decent standard equipment, including 15in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, air-con, a 6.5in colour infotainment screen and a DAB radio. There are a...View trim
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Sport Nav
This is our preferred trim level. It adds Bluetooth, sat-nav, a leather-covered steering wheel, sports seats (including lumbar adjustment) and aluminium interior highlights to SE’s kit roster. You...View trim
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S Line Nav
One of the most extreme of the A1’s regular trim levels, S line brings sports-focused styling modifications rather than a much longer standard equipment list. You get a bodykit, 17in alloy wheels...View trim
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Black Edition Nav
Based on S line, this even pricier trim adds Alcantara sports seats, climate control and plenty of bespoke styling touches. The cheaper trims make far more sense financially, though...View trim
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S1 Nav
The fastest A1 comes with plenty of standard equipment, including a sporty-looking bodykit, xenon headlights, aluminium flourishes on the door mirrors, part-leather sports seats, climate control an...View trim
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S1 Competition Nav
Essentially, this adds more visual styling details to the regular S1. It's not worth the extra, in our view...View trim
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