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Audi A1

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi A1

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Second generation A1 is the cheapest way into Audi ownership. Rivals have it licked on driving manners, though

The new Audi A1’s biggest failing is that it doesn’t drive as crisply and engagingly as it ought to. Does that matter? For 95 per cent of buyers, probably not. And even for the five per cent that do care, it’s hard to keep caring once you’ve seen the cabin design, packaging, the paint and trim options and so on. This is a desirable small hatchback.

Just to come back to the driving though. A couple of years ago Audi redid the A4, focusing on comfort rather than handling, and the results was the best A4 ever, a car that felt well targeted at its audience. The opportunity existed to do something similar here, to add some pizzazz to the A1 experience. That Audi chose not to do that, chose to endow the car with cheap road manners, is a pity. But not a deal breaker. As a visual object and an ownership prospect the A1 excels.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Audi A1 front three quarters
Audi

25 TFSI S Line 5dr

£21,330
N/A
61mpg
10.80s
95bhp
107g/km
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