Is true! The A1 began as a genuine premium manufacturer’s first – and ultimately only – attempt at a supermini model. And it will be the last, as Audi has stated that the A1 you see is not going to evolve further, as the era of electrification has already dawned with the new MEB Entry platform. But enough about the future, as today we have an excellent thermal model platform, the MQB A0, which is also based on the Polo, Fabia and Ibiza, to name just a few models that make use of this base.
EVALUATION (OUT OF 10)
AUDI A1 30 TFSI 110PS
ROAD BEHAVIOR 8
DRIVER SATISFACTION 8
VALUE FOR MONEY 8
Here we have the best moment of these supermini implementations, as the name suggests, the A1 is superbly built and with a body design and choice of materials that directly suggests a premium product. Yes!, maybe it looks a bit more strict and generous for some tastes, but… tastes are what they are.
The logic with the harsh lines continues in the interior, where the reference to an expensive car is made by the set of elements that make it up. Audi dashboard, Audi materials, strict design accompanied by digital screens for instrument panel and multimedia, both, in fact, with the illustrative quality reminiscent of a larger model of the brand. The whole front looks driver-centric, with plenty of information from the Greek menus, but a lack of space for small items. Rear passengers will also want a bit more “air” for their knees, especially if they are adults.
The base, then, creates a pocket limousine, with trim, sound insulation care and perceived quality excelling. Up close, engineering hides, rather easily, its humble origins. MacPherson struts at the front, semi-rigid axle at the rear, the one-litre TFSI three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which equips most models and which, here, produces 110 PS and is matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The whole is robust from almost 2,000 rpm up to 6,000 rpm, if you want to move briskly and if you can overcome the step of the box that brings a relative immersion in the operation of the motor from 1st to 2nd.
Perhaps, in fact, for a more premium result, someone would prefer the 7-speed double-clutch gearbox, which does well in the changes. It’s just that a manual gearbox is always more engaging and matches the relative harshness of the car’s suspension set-up. As for the brakes, they are German and with a relatively light drag they can contribute to maintaining the tempo that the little Audi sets you.
The A1 is quite literally a one-of-a-kind car, as it has qualities of luxury, utility for its size, and four-wheel-legal ruggedness and handling. As for the price? €23,900 in the era of rising prices of everything is not too much, especially considering the relevant non-premium competition.
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