The Audi A1 (internally designated Typ 8X) is a supermini sized economical car launched by Audi at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Sales of the initial three door A1 model started in Germany in August 2010, with the United Kingdom following in November 2010.
A five-door version, called Sportback, was launched in November 2011, with sales starting in export markets during spring 2012.
The idea behind the A1 is so simple that it’s amazing nobody thought of it earlier.
Essentially, it takes the high-quality interior and prestige badge that have made Audis so popular and puts them in a small, city-friendly package.
Don’t go thinking that you pay a fortune for the privilege of having that Audi badge, either. The A1 is no more expensive than many versions of the VW Polo.
This is a great car for two people, and another two sat in the rear won’t feel too cramped.
However, the boot is really only big enough for shopping bags or small cases.
The A1 is a proper Audi in miniature, with clear instruments, slick controls and materials that are easy on both the eye and the fingertips.
In addition, the Audi A1 is available with everything from a 1.2-litre petrol engine to a 2.0-litre, plus there are a couple of diesel options. However, it’s the 1.4-litre petrols that strike the best balance between fun and affordability.
Even the cheaper 1.4 makes a good sound and has enough punch to whisk you along in breezy style. Meanwhile, the more powerful (and more expensive) version makes the A1 feel properly sporty.
All A1s have responsive, informative steering, too.
Plus they grip well in bends and generally feel much sharper than the average hatchback.
Have a look at the gallery and let me know what you think!