Audi A1 Hatchback 2010-2015

Audi A1 Hatchback 2010-2015

Overall Rating:
Review by TCJW
Monday, May 16, 2016


"A ridiculously quick little car that keeps Audi's unmistakable quality"

Exterior and Interior

Externally, the A1 looks fantastic. The model I opted for is a deep red, with a silver contrast roofline and it looks slick. Not usually a fan of red cars, but somehow this looks classy. Together with the Xenon headlights and 2-tone alloy wheels, this is a seriously good-looking car. Internally, the quality continues. Comfortable seats (with adjustable lumbar support for the driver), plenty of room for 4 normal-sized adults and soft-touch surfaces everywhere. The driving position is great, and the wheel is a nice small, sporty size. I also find that the controls are all well thought-out and easy to use, both at the wheel and on the centre console. You have two screens in the car. The first is a pop-up 6-inch full colour display on top-centre of the dash, which is how most of the car's settings, media and other features are controlled. This is all very easy and uses a wheel on the centre console to scroll. Strangely, the wheel works the opposite to how you'd expect it to. Turn the wheel clockwise scrolls up, anticlockwise scrolls down. Once you've done it a few times, though, you soon get used to it. Luckily, there's a 2nd screen behind the wheel which can access a surprising amount of information. You can change tracks on the media being played, choose a contact to call if you have the Bluetooth phone connection built in or sift through many options giving you real-time performance and economy features. If you have the sat-nav built in, you can also use the small screen to give you the basic instructions, arrival times and miles to drive. This is great as you don't have to rely on the larger screen and it helps keep your eyes on the road. Obviously all of this depends on the options fitted to your car.

Performance and Economy

On the small screen behind the wheel, you can choose an 'Economy' option, which lets you easily keep track of your MPG. On an average journey around town, I've been averaging around 34MPG, which isn't bad. I can get this up to 45MPG on longer, motorway-based journeys, though. Performance-wise, the thing really moves! The turbo-charged 1.4 litre engine can easily keep up with much larger cars on the motorway, and there's a whole lot of grip around corners. Especially fun when taking a journey out through the great British countryside! The gears seem to be set up just right, too, with economy undoubtedly taking preference over performance, but it will always give you the power you need.

Like to Drive

This thing is the most fun car I've ever driven. You just feel awesome behind the wheel. You feel a great connection to the road, and the grip mentioned before means tight bends are fun, rather than terrifying. In past cars I've owned, they've had a fair bit of body roll when going around corners, but I don't find this at all on the A1. <

Faults and Repairs

The only problem I've had so far is the small clip that holds the sun visor in place. The first time I tried unclipping it, the clip snapped and I had to have a new one fitted (as the visor was flapping around in front of my eyes when driving). This is extremely minor, though, and in no way alters my view of the car.