Audi A1 Review & Ratings
- 19 October 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A1 is classified as a supermini economy car and it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. The original three-door A1 model was sold only in Germany starting in 2010, but it became available months later in the same year in the United Kingdom. There is also a five-door version of this vehicle which is called the Sportback and was made available to the public in November and sold in other countries overseas starting in 2012. This vehicle definitely has a very refined and regal design as well as a variety of innovative features.
The entry-level version of the Audi A1 came with a 1.2 TFSI that was capable of 85bhp. There are also two 1.4 liter TFSI units which have 120bhp and 138bhp. The more powerful versions of this vehicle were designed with Audi’s own Cylinder on Demand technology which automatically shuts down any cylinders that are not being used or needed. There are also the diesel engines, including the 1.6 TDI with 103bhp as well as the 2.0 TDI with 141bhp. Finally, there is the 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with 182bhp. The S Tronic automatic gearbox is available with both of the 1.4 TFSI units.
There are a number of different trim levels available with the Audi A1, including the entry-level SE, the sport, S Line, S Line Style Edition, and the Black Edition. Both the Sport and L Line models have a much more stable suspension arrangement, though it can also be uncomfortable at times, especially when going over unsmooth terrain. Some of these models, especially the higher up ones, come with huge price tags and even cost a pretty penny if purchased used. Those who want to keep a low profile with the vehicle they drive may want to consider this particular car because of its sleek yet subtle exterior design.
The A1 was first previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007 in the form of the Audi metroproject Quattro concept car. This concept car was able to seat a total of four people and featured a hybrid powertrain, which was definitely an innovation at the time. The 1.4 liter powertrain was capable of 148 bhp and drove the front wheels of the vehicle while an electric motor powered the rear wheels. This electric motor had the ability to produce a total of 148 pound-feet of torque, which was definitely an impressive accomplishment.
The A1 Sportback concept, which is essentially a five-door hatchback, was introduced to the public in 2008. This Audi model has a longer body than its predecessors as well as a 1.4 liter TFSI engine which is rated for 150 PS and 148 horsepower. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission as well as the electric motor rated for 27 PS made this vehicle a powerhouse. Some of the more recognizable features that this vehicle has include LED three-dimensional main headlights, an aerodynamically designed single-framed grill and Audi drive select with efficiency mode.
When it comes to sheer reliability, the Audi A1 is definitely one of the safer cars in the premium supermini class, and it has a variety of safety features which makes it perfect for individuals and families. The A1 has a simple and straightforward layout inside with chrome-rimmed airvents. Even though this vehicle may look and even feel big on the inside, it is still fairly small and ideal only for short trips. The fuel economy of these vehicles is also excellent, primarily because of their lightweight design and the engines that are used in them. Overall, the Audi A1 is a vehicle that may not appeal to everyone but it remains one of this carmaker’s mostly popular models.