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What’s the used Audi A1 like?

What’s the used Audi A1 like?

This review was sourced from Which Car?

A near-perfect driving position, an elegant dashboard and solid controls immediately demonstrate that the Audi A1 is a classy car, but it’s not a case of style over substance. The A1 has agile handling and responsive steering. There’s the option of a firmer suspension set-up, but this is best avoided.

Refinement is top notch, and you’re well insulated from wind- and road noise, even at higher speeds.

The car’s sloping roofline means the back seats are best suited to children, but there’s decent legroom compared with other stylish superminis, such as the Alfa Romeo Mito and Mini Cooper. The boot is a decent size, and some A1s get a height-adjustable boot floor that lets you divide up the available space.

Audi A1 Tdi Sport (2011) in White

Ownership costs

How much does it cost to run a used Audi A1?

The 1.6-litre diesel models emit just 99g/km CO2 and have the average economy of more than 74mpg, so are the cars to go for if out-and-out efficiency is important to you.

That said, the petrol variants are good, too. Both 1.2 and 1.4 TFSI engines in all but the 185bhp tune manage more than 50mpg and road tax won’t cost lots, because most models sit in band D and below.

The Audi A1 is still relatively new to the used market, so most used examples will still carry the manufacturer’s warranty. It’s best to make sure they do because repairs outside it could be costly thanks to its premium badge.

Advice for buyers

Audi A1 Tdi Sport (2011) in White-front-side

What should I look for in a used Audi A1?

The Audi A1 has proved mechanically durable, but electrical gremlins can cause warning lights to appear for no reason.

The Bluetooth system can also misbehave, meaning you can’t connect your phone or iPod, and the boot locking mechanism can rattle.

Our recommendation

Which used Audi A1 should I buy?

If you intend to spend most of your time in town there’s no need to look past the 84bhp 1.2 TFSI. However, if you want to make the most of the car’s spirited drive, the 121bhp 1.4 TFSI delivers hot-hatch-like performance. There is an ultra-frugal 1.6-litre diesel, but it’s still too pricey as a used car to be good value.

The 1.2 petrol returns 55.4mpg, while the 1.4-litre isn’t far behind at 53.3mpg. There’s a bigger difference when it comes to VED, with the 1.2-litre costing £30 a year and the 1.4 at £95.

The entry-level SE trim is well equipped, with electric windows, air-con and alloy wheels; Sport adds firmer suspension, bigger wheels, sports seats and Bluetooth. Every model comes with engine stop-start and energy recuperation technology to keep running costs low. However, be wary of overpriced A1s loaded with expensive options such as sat-nav; they won’t be worth a lot more in the future.

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