Why you want the Audi A1
As one of the best-selling superminis of the last five years, the Audi A1 is compact, practical and one of the most economical on the market.
It's Audi’s first foray into this market since the Audi 50 and the A1 has been one of the best-selling small cars since its release in 2010.
Built with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, with both manual and automatic transmission, trim levels range from SE base range to the Black Edition at the higher end. For an extra £620, every A1 model has a Sportback alternative available, turning the three-door hatchback into a five-door.
At the entry level it's a great car for those looking for economical motoring. The base model 1.0 SE is fitted with the petrol TFSI engine, achieving 67.3mpg. You can also select the SE with the 1.6 TDI diesel, which returns 80.7mpg. Both models are well under 100g/km CO2, so are eligible for free road tax, low BIK rates for company car drivers and cost £14,530 and £15,605 respectively in manual form.
All engines are equipped with automatic stop/start to enhance fuel economy and every regular A1 is capable of 57.6mpg combined or better, so even if you fancy a little more pace - from the 125hp or 150hp 1.4 litre petrols - you'll find the going frugal.
If performance is more your thing, the Audi A1 is also available in S1 form, offering a 231hp 2-litre petrol engine capable of accelerating to 60mph in 5.8s thanks to the quattro four-wheel drive system. This makes it the quickest car in the class, but even so it returns 40.4mpg combined and is available from £25,595.
Whatever model you select, the A1 is well equipped. All cars have alloy wheels as standard - from 15-inch on the SE up to 18-inch incrementally on the Black Edition - while a 6.5-inch multimedia interface screen is fitted to all A1s along with DAB digital radio.
Safety is excellent across the board too, with the A1 netting 5 stars in the EuroNCAP test in 2010. All A1s are fitted with stability control, six airbags, a tyre pressure monitor, adaptive brake lights and secondary collision brake assist.