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Our Fleet: Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S Line S Tronic - December 2011

Audi
BIK List Price
£20,516
Audi A1 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
17%
Audi A1 BIK Percent
CO2
139g/km
Audi A1 CO2
Combined MPG
47.9
Audi A1 MPG

Review

The Audi A1 is presenting me with a bit of a dilemma, setting fuel economy against probably the best fun I’ve had on four wheels for a long time.

The problem is I’m torn between slipping it into ‘sport’ mode and listening to that 1.4 TFSI engine or making fewer visits to the petrol station and saving some cash.
Audi offers a more fleet-friendly 99g/km version of its A1 – the 1.6 TDI diesel, but I’m trying out the 1.4 TFSI (185 PS) S Line S Tronic.

For starters the 1.6 TDI claims 74.3mpg combined, while the 1.4 TFSI claims 47.9mpg – still significantly higher than the 37.5mpg I’m currently achieving.

However, I’m not holding that poor return against Audi as I’m all too aware that my forays into the ‘sport’ mode and my fascination with an engine that produces 182bhp and can do 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds are making an improvement in fuel economy difficult to achieve.
However, it’s probably still no surprise that of the 10 petrol A1 derivatives available our 1.4-litre S line S tronic version is the most expensive to run.

A quick calculation using the Fleet News car running costs tool, provided by Kee Resources, reveals that on an operating cycle of four years/80,000 miles our A1 costs around 34ppm. That’s 10ppm more expensive than the 1.6 TDi (105) SE, which costs around 24ppm.

Fleets looking for a five-door version will welcome Audi’s recent launch of the new A1 Sportback, which has a £560 premium model-for-model over the three-door version, with deliveries expected in spring 2012.

Although its compact, city-friendly dimensions closely follow those of the three-door A1, the A1 Sportback is actually six millimetres taller and six millimetres wider, offering slightly more head room and shoulder room as a result.

It also makes provision for an extra passenger – up to three can pass through its rear doors and take a seat, each of them protected by a headrest and a full three-point seatbelt.

Standard features include alloy wheels, split/folding rear seat, front and rear electric windows, air conditioning, single CD audio system with MP3 compatibility and ESP with the latest differential lock system.

Fleets should therefore consider the more economical version, which will still give the driver an excellent all-round package, without the frequent visits to the petrol station.

Driver Notes

Cost
As it is top of the range our A1 costs £19,950 but the entry level model is a more modest £12,775. Plenty of options have been added to the A1 we’re testing, such as the £1,375 technology pack and the £605 comfort pack, but there’s a good level of standard equipment.
Comfort
The A1 hasn’t been tested on a long journey yet but so far the sports seats are proving pretty comfortable. Air conditioning is standard on all A1s.
Transmission
The S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox lives up to its promise of performing rapid gear shifts. The seventh gear is designed to improve fuel economy.
Driver appeal
Audi hopes to attract new customers to the brand with its A1 and on first impressions it stands a very good chance of succeeding in its aim.
FN Verdict
After running the A1 for a month I’m pretty impressed with its looks and performance. The mpg is the only downside as it falls short of the manufacturer’s combined figure. But time will tell whether that can be improved and we’ll soon be in the more frugal diesel.
Top Speed
N/A
Audi A1 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Audi A1 Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol
Audi A1 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £8,225
4 Year 80k : £6,325
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 36.57
4 Year 80k : 34.21

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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