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The Top Gear car review:Audi A1
For:Superbly built and luxurious alternative to a Mini
Against:Doesn't drive like its sportier rivals despite costing a fair bit more
What is it?
Audi’s supermini, a poshed-up VW Polo underneath. It competes with the likes of the Mini and DS 3, meaning the sales pitch is on a premium cabin plus heaps of options and trim combos. It’s available in three- and five-door formats (the latter is dubbed ‘Sportback’).
The mid-life facelift has brought a very slight frontal restyling (we’re talking ‘slight’ as in ‘you’ll probably consider it slight of hand by Audi’), new top-end and navigation and connectivity options, and a suite of revised engines that improve performance and ease of use with less drinking and emitting.