The Audi A1 aims to bring an even bigger slice of premium quality to the small car market than the MINI. It really does provide the posh feel of a bigger Audi in a compact package, whether you go for the SE, Sport or S line models, with soft-touch plastics and chrome-ringed air vents. The pop-up sat-nav screen is a neat option, while there’s lots of potential to customise your car, although this can soon push the price up – and the three-door A1 and five-door A1 Sportback are quite expensive to begin with.
It’s not an expensive car to run, though. While buyers can expect a relatively high insurance group, fuel consumption is low across the range, and although the1.6 TDI diesel is the only model to qualify for free road tax (thanks to its 99g/km emissions), no A1 has a big road tax bill.
Every version will hold on to its price well, too, while the compact dimensions hide a decent 270-litre boot on both bodystyles. Six airbags, traction and stability control are standard across the range, which helped the A1 achieve a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.