Used Audi A1
A history lesson…
Designed to take the battle to MINI and Fiat, the Audi A1 resides firmly in the supermini part of the market. Its premium feel may play into the more sophisticated driver’s hands, but the A1 remains a great little car for most drivers out there.
Audi fancied a piece of the supermini market – after the years of dominance from MINI and the Fiat 500 – and it came up with the A1. It’s not the best looking supermini out, but it still looks like an Audi – which is always a good thing.
Expect to pay a price for the badge, but it’s a great alternative to the aforementioned market-leaders.
Bang for your buck
The Audi A1 is not a cheap car – nor is it marketed like one. If you want your bottom in its comfortable seats, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny. That said, the A1 is full of equipment, so it’s not like Audi are taking you for a ride to the cleaners and back. The usual ‘Audi-ness’ is all there: airbags, leather, superb build quality, and a great seating position.
It feels like a very well put together car, which is nice considering it costs quite a bit more than its rivals.
What you’ll pay
The Audi A1 is a relatively new car to the motoring scene, so expect to pay quite a lot for second hand examples. Prices vary from £13K all the way to £22K, so be careful when you’re looking at different specs.
What to check
Audi is synonymous with build quality, so you really don’t have to worry about anything. Also, with the car being so new, they will all be under warranty for a while yet. Just make sure you buy one with low mileage and you’ll be fine!
With the warranty still in check, there shouldn’t be too many issues with parts. That said, however, if you need a part which isn’t covered under warranty you will have to pay quite a bit for it. Audi isn’t famous for cheap part prices, so bare that in mind.
How it drives
Much of the A1’s driving prowess comes from Audi’s incredible DSG system. This is basically a very clever flappy-paddle gearbox, but it’s much more than just a marketing ploy. If you opt for the system – which you should – you’ll end up with a car which can be an automatic but, when the moment takes you, can be a super-quick shifting bruiser, too. The gearbox effectively makes the car better, so it’s definitely something to consider.
Aside from the gearbox, the A1 drives brilliantly. It doesn’t have the cheek and charm of the MINI, nor does it have the cuteness that the 500 has in abundance, but what is does have is technical superiority. The A1 is by far and away the most technically-gifted supermini, so that means you’ll enjoy a brilliant drive no matter where you are.
The TDI engines in the A1 are superb, and even if you opt for a petrol model you’ll be boasting a smile for years to come. If you can afford an A1 and fancy something different, we can’t help but recommend it.