Audi A1 Sportback Review & Ratings
- 27 March 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A1 Sportback is the 5-door version of the Audi A1 supermini. BMW is currently set to release a 5-door Mini hatchback for the first time ever. The interior of this vehicle consists of very high-quality materials and there are a wide range of engine options available for those who are interested in purchasing one of these vehicles. There are numerous trim options as well, though some of the higher end ones offer better more firm suspensions as well as bigger wheels than the rest.
The A1 Sportback offers a number of different turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2 petrol engine serves well as a town car, though the 1.4s petrols offer more power and speed as well as flexibility. The 120bhp version of this vehicle offers a nice happy medium between price and power. The 104bhp 1.6 diesel version of the A1 is probably the least flexible and most expensive option overall, though there will no doubt be a number of people who will still be able to benefit from them. When it comes to the overall handling of the Sportback, there are three different trim levels to choose from, each of which offers a firmer suspension than the last.
The petrol engine in the A1 Sportback is definitely one of the quieter supermini vehicle on the market right now. These engines are exceptionally well-built and offer a perfect combination of power and refinement. While the diesel engines in these vehicles may be a bit loud and obnoxious, their petrol counterparts are great on just about every level. The 138bhp engine has a feature which automatically shuts down two of its cylinder when cruising in order to conserve fuel, though it is a very smooth transition which is barely noticeable.
While the overall cost of the base model Audi A1 Sportback might be attractive, the prices quickly go up along with the trim levels. Despite the high price tags on these vehicles though, they will have an incredibly good resale value, which is definitely a benefit for those who eventually plan to sell or trade in theirs for something a bit newer. The engines in these vehicles use a stop-start system which helps to conserve fuel consumption as well as reduce CO2 emissions, making it a very practical and even eco-friendly vehicle. With a fixed-price servicing plan, those who want to purchase this vehicle can keep costs down to a certain extent.
When it comes to quality and reliability, the Audi A1 Sportback is a masterpiece inside and out. The qualities that are used on the interior as well as the exterior of the vehicle are top notch and nothing about it looks or feels cheap. All of the switches, dials, and instruments in the interior of the vehicle are very high-quality and have an expensive look and feel to them. When it comes to sheer reliability, this vehicle definitely scores high.
Safety is definitely one of the primary concerns that people have when going about looking for a new vehicle, and this one has a great track record when it comes to theft prevention. The 3-door Audi A1 has a 5/5 star Euro NCAP rating, and with stability control as well as a plethora of other safety features, it is definitely a great vehicle who values staying safe in the car they drive. This vehicle has daytime running lights as well as automatic beam adjustment, which is just a couple of the many features it has to offer. The Audi A1 is certainly a good value for those who don’t mind the slightly bloated price tag, as there are a lot of great features and a truly innovative design.