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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi A1

Overall verdict
Perfectly pleasant, but you need to badly want Audi-ness to choose it over a Mini


Superbly built and luxurious alternative to a Mini


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S1 TFSI Quattro 3dr
5.8s 162g/km 40.4 231 £26,085
The cheapest
1.0 TFSI SE 3dr
10.9s 97g/km 67.3 95 £15,385
The greenest
1.6 TDI Sport 3dr
9.4s 97g/km 76.3 116 £18,250
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