Audi A1 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Five-door practicality and a roomy cabin make the A1 a very family-friendly option
Now the three-door A1 variant has been dropped, and because the new generation is bigger than before, owners of the previous generation will find the latest Audi supermini is a lot more useful.
Five-doors means easy access to the rear for baby seats and the like, and the extra space inside means more adjustment for the driver’s seat so it will be easier for all shapes and sizes to get comfy. Forward visibility is fine too, although rear parking sensors will be a boon for some when reversing, as like many modern hatchbacks the rear view is hardly panoramic. The more rugged Citycarver model has a 50mm extra ride height and brings a softer, more comfortable drive.
In other respects, the cabin is typical Audi, with decent glovebox, door pockets and storage in the centre console, plus cup-holders between the seats. Practicality is also enhanced by the application of so much tech. The optional Virtual Cockpit dash in particular offering up navigation info that’s easily assimilated by the driver.
Although its sporty style is eye-catching, the Audi A1 is basically fairly boxy when you look beyond the decorative elements of the design. It’s also bigger than before, and so compares favourably to rivals for interior and boot space. It measures up at 4,029mm long and 1,940mm wide, which is, however, a little shorter than the VW Polo’s 4,053mm length. The A1 Citycarver adds 15mm to the overall length and is also 76mm taller.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There’s plenty of room in the front seats, while two rear seats passengers are accommodated comfortably, without squashed knees or cricked necks. A third rear passenger will be a squeeze, but the same goes for all cars in the Audi A1’s supermini class.
Compared to the old A1, there’s been a big boost in luggage capacity – up 65 litres to 335 litres in total. If you fold the rear seats, which don’t quite go flat, but are split 60:40, then total luggage space goes up to 1,090 litres.
In this review
- 1Audi A1 reviewThe Audi A1 is a luxurious and sporty-looking small hatch that gives the MINI a run for its money
- 2Engines, performance and driveA smooth ride, with crisp handling and exceptional refinement make the Audi A1 a pleasure to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Audi A1’s day-to-day running costs should be no more than rivals, and it may keep its value better, too
- 4Interior, design and technologyExcellent design is backed up with superior Audi Virtual Cockpit tech, but the cabin plastics could be nicer
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingFive-door practicality and a roomy cabin make the A1 a very family-friendly option
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Audi A1 offers a comprehensive safety package, while reliability should be strong, too