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

For job-need drivers that spend more time behind the wheel than in the office a car’s interior matters.

And if it’s sophisticated styling they are looking for with a premium feel then the A1 fits the bill nicely.

The top of the range S line we’re testing uses high quality materials with leather and cloth combination seats (standard on this model). The soft touch plastic looks and feels expensive.

Audi says it has taken inspiration from an aircraft for theA1’s interior styling. The most distinctive feature is the four circular air nozzles (see image) which Audi says are based on the turbines of a jet engine.

The speedometer and rev counter are black with red needles, giving a sporty feel.

Those features aside the A1 could be accused of having a bland interior, particularly in comparison to the ‘funky’ interiors of the Fiat 500 and the A1’s main rival the Mini.

However, going for a classy look rather than a fun one is in keeping with the A1’s premium qualities.

The level of technology available in the A1 is impressive. The state-of-the-art infotainment and multimedia systems on offer are borrowed from the A8 luxury saloon.

The model we’re testing has a BOSE surround system (for £690) with 14 speakers and a subwoofer. One noticeable feature is that at night time the edges of the woofers in the doors light up.

A DAB digital radio is also specified for £305.

Drivers can still get a decent system without paying extra, though, as a six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity and a retractable 6.5-inch display is standard on all A1s.

The A1 also has a pretty sophisticated sat-nav (which is available as part of a technology pack for £1,375).

There’s a mind boggling number of settings which have had me reaching for the manual on more than one occasion.

Perhaps the most surprising feature about the A1 is that underneath its expensive look and feel it shares the same platform as the VW Polo.

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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