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Our Fleet: Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S Line S Tronic - November 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

Some cars are difficult to part with. And the A1 is one of them.

It’s been with Fleet News for about four months – a month longer than was originally planned – and I can’t help wishing we could hang on to it.

I think we will be hard pressed to find another small car that matches up to it.
First off there’s the quality and premium feel of the A1’s interior which far out does any of the other superminis I’ve been in.

Admittedly the styling isn’t funky - you’ll have to look to the likes of the A1’s main rival the Mini for that – but it’s clear that nothing but the best quality materials have been used in the A1.

The technology on offer in the A1 is also taken from the premium class. The state-of-the-art infotainment and multimedia systems are from the A8 luxury saloon, for instance.

Headroom is a little restricted, particularly for tall passengers in the back, but the boot space can be increased from 270 litres to 920 with the seats down (considerably more than the Mini, although not as generous as the Citroen DS3).

And then there’s the A1’s performance.

We’ve been testing the top performing petrol A1, which has 182bhp and can do 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds.

The first time a colleague drove it round the block recently he was only mildly impressed but out on the motorway he was really impressed by the power.

Which brings me on to one of the downsides of the A1: fuel economy.

The official combined figure is 47.9mpg but we’ve been averaging around 10mpg less. The highest mpg to date over the four months has been 38.

And it’s a similar story for the A1 that sister brand Parker’s is testing.

If we were to run the A1 longer we’d be much better off in the 1.6-litre diesel especially now that Audi has revised it, improving fuel economy from 70.6mpg to 74.5mpg and bringing emissions down from 105g/km to just 99g/km.

Emissions for our 1.4-litre TFSI are 139g/km – the highest of the A1’s range.

The other negative point about the A1 is price. Our car comes in at just under £20,000 (including plenty of optional extras such as the £1,375 technology pack) which isn’t cheap for a small car.

Some how though, I think the A1 is worth it.

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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