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Audi S1 (2014-2018) review - Interior, design and technology

The Audi S1 has a premium feel which helps to justify its price, but the Fiesta ST has more standard kit

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

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As you’d expect, the Audi S1 has the usual understated fast Audi look. The customary aluminium-effect mirrors, extended side sills, boot spoiler and smart 17-inch wheels help it stand out, while quad tailpipes hint at the performance potential. 

Standard xenon lights with striking LED running lamps and a latticework grille give the S1 a distinctive face, while a choice of bold colours – including bright yellow, red and green hues – means it’ll certainly attract attention.

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Being based on the regular Audi A1, that car’s short chassis – even in five-door guise – means the S1 looks squat and compact, with taut bodywork giving this pocket rocket real visual attitude.

It’s countered by the Audi’s classy interior, which is in a different league to the Fiesta and even beats the new MINI for upmarket appeal. From the knurled metal finish of the heating and radio controls to the rising sat-nav screen and top-quality dashboard materials, the S1 looks and feels like a car from a class above.

However, the S1 has its roots in Audi’s past, so compared to newer models like the A3, it feels a bit dated in certain areas. And despite its hefty price tag, the S1 actually isn’t nearly as well equipped as the much cheaper Ford.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Audi S1 doesn’t get sat-nav as standard, although it’s obviously on the options list. The standard audio set-up is a DAB radio with single CD player, also offering Bluetooth music streaming and voice control. You can upgrade the audio to a BOSE surround sound system with 14 speakers and 465 Watts.

The Technology pack brings sat-nav to the pop-up display on the top of the dash, and Audi connect which turns your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot and brings internet connectivity and various apps into the car. 

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