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Audi A1 review - Is Audi's smallest car one of its best?

evo staff
10 Jan 2018
Verdict:

A1 exhibits all the usual Audi traits, but lacks any real fun factor.

Evo Rating: 
Price: 
£14,990
For 
Exceptional quality for such a small car and still fun to drive
Against 
Expensive compared to its rivals
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Interior and Machinery

Audi is a master of interiors and the A1, despite its diminutive proportions, is no exception. The fit and finish are exceptional, the materials all of the same high quality you’d find in the rest of the Audi range. In Sport models there’s aluminium trim inside, so even the air vents are a tactile treat, finished in a gloss black treatment 

Those Sport equipped cars also come with Audi’s Drive Select, allowing you to choose different settings to sharpen up the drive. It’s a bit gimmicky in truth. You could spend more on the S line cars, but aside from the styling changes it brings little additional equipment of note, with the exception of the xenon headlamps and LED driving lights.

In terms of technology, the most interesting system is Audi's CoD (Cylinder on Demand) technology, added to certain versions when the A1 was refreshed in 2015. This shuts down two of the four cylinders to improve economy and reduce emissions.

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