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Total cash price £22,999. Borrowing £18,399 with a £4,600 deposit at a representative APR of 9.9%.

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Audi A1 buying guide

The A1 comes with a selection of engine and trim options. Keep reading to learn more about each to help you pick the right model for you.

What Audi A1 trim levels are there?

Technik is the entry-level trim for the A1 but still comes reasonably well equipped. You get LED headlights and brakelights, along with smart alloy wheels in a range of designs. Inside all models get air conditioning and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB radio.

Sport is the next step up from Technik. Key additions here include rear parking sensors and cruise control, along with Audi Drive Select, which includes a sport mode if you fancy a blast down a back road.

S Line is Audi’s sporty trim level, similar to Mercedes’ AMG Line or BMW’s M Sport. This upgrade brings a meaner-looking body kit, larger alloy wheels, sports suspension and figure-hugging sports seats.

Some A1s are offered in Black Edition trim. As the name suggests, these models get lots of black styling details including door mirrors and grille frame, along with bigger alloy wheels to complete the look.

Finally, Audi also offers the A1 Citycarver. This version mirrors the looks of Audi’s larger SUV models thanks to a chunky body kit and raised suspension, helping it stand out from the rest of the A1 lineup. Equipment levels are similar to A1 Sport models.

Audi A1 interior and technology

Following an overhaul in 2018, the A1 now mirrors Audi’s latest models with a minimalist interior with only a handful of physical buttons for the climate control and other key functions. Everything else is controlled by the touchscreen infotainment system, which comes standard in every A1.

The system itself is responsive and easy to use, with all the features you’d expect including smartphone connectivity and music playback. Crucially, all versions include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allowing you to mirror apps, including navigation, from your device.

As a Fiesta-sized hatchback, the A1 isn’t the best choice for families but should be able to fit four adults in reasonable comfort – five can squeeze in but rear seat space will be very compromised. The boot will easily handle a week’s worth of food or enough luggage for a weekend away but, if you need room for pets, a pushchair or more than one large suitcase, you might want to consider a larger car.

Audi A1 engine range explained

(Most popular!) Audi A1 25 TFSI petrol

Audi somewhat unhelpfully insists on naming its engines after two-digit numbers that are completely unrelated to any actual performance figures. As such, the entry-level engine is called 25 TFSI and is a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder generating 95hp – enough to propel it to 62mph from rest in a hair under 11 seconds.

Audi A1 30 TFSI petrol

Next up is the 30 TFSI. This uses the same 1.0-litre engine as the 25, but turns the wick up to 116hp. This brings down the 0-62mph time to 9.5 seconds and the extra power will help it feel more relaxed on the motorway. This engine is available with the S tronic automatic gearbox.

Audi A1 35 TFSI petrol

If you want your A1 to have the go to match its show, consider the 35 TFSI engine. This swaps in a larger 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder that brings power up to 150hp, slashing the 0-62mph time to a nippy 7.7 seconds. This engine can also be chosen with an automatic gearbox.

Audi A1 40 TFSI petrol

The angriest A1 you can get is the 40 TFSI, which borrows the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine from the VW Polo GTI, paired exclusively with an automatic gearbox. The 0-62mph time drops to 6.5 seconds, pitting the A1 40 TFSI against hot hatch royalty including the Ford Fiesta ST and aforementioned Polo GTI.

Your Audi A1 questions answered

There’s only one version of the A1 and it’s a five-door hatchback. If you’re after a city-friendly Audi but fancy something that looks a little chunkier, take a look at the Q2 SUV, which uses similar engines and technology to the A1 but in a slightly taller SUV package.

The A1 is very slightly more than four metres long – almost exactly the same size, give or take a couple of centimetres, as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza. That means four adults should be able to fit in reasonable comfort in the cabin, but the fifth seat is really only large enough for very short journeys with minimal leg or elbow room. The boot will handily tackle the weekly shop but will struggle with more than one large suitcase.

A1s are now all powered by turbo petrol engines, which is no bad thing because every version feels smooth and responsive on the road. You might want to consider the fast-shifting S tronic automatic gearbox, which suits the A1’s premium car image and is available across most of the range.

The Audi A1 isn’t known for poor reliability nor bulletproof reliability – like most new cars, the vast majority of A1s will be completely reliable, but some may develop problems and software glitches. For ultimate peace of mind, consider purchasing an extended warranty.

Squeezing the feel of a big, expensive Audi into a smaller, cheaper package, the A1 is a good car if you really value nice interior materials and the latest tech. It’s pretty economical, capable of returning 45-50mpg, and is quite good fun to drive. The latest A1 is much more spacious than its predecessor.

With space for four adults, economical engines and the must-have phone connectivity, the Audi A1 ticks a few boxes if you’re looking for your first car. But the mechanically related Volkswagen Polo offers these things at a cheaper price and with much cheaper insurance, so we’d recommend the Polo over the A1 for new drivers. Browse our lists of the cheapest cars to insure and the best cars for teenagers.

With the Audi badge on the front and lots of gadgets on board, the A1 costs a little more to insure than superminis like a Vauxhall Corsa or Ford Fiesta. The entry-level 25 TFSI engine puts the Audi A1 in insurance group 16 out of 50, while the more powerful engines are in higher insurance groups. Range-topping 40 TFSI models sit in group 31, which is high for a supermini.

The Audi A1 will cost a little more to service and maintain than less premium superminis, but costs should be similar to what you’d pay to keep a Mini on the road. At the time of writing, Audi charges £205 for an oil service for a three-year-old A1 and £330 for a more thorough service. The brand does offer an ‘All-in’ package that includes two services, two MOTs plus two year’s breakdown cover and warranty for just over £800 or £33 per month.