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.