Audi has launched a 99g/km of CO2 version of its 1.6-litre TDI A1 and one will be heading to the Fleet News office later this year for us to test long term, but in the meantime I’m trying out the 1.4 TFSI (185 PS) S Line S Tronic.
With the trend towards downsizing and the Audi badge growing in popularity among fleets the A1 will appeal to plenty of user choosers.
First impressions are good. The top quality materials inside give it a premium feel. I like the coupe-like roof, although I’m still undecided on the ice silver roof arches which cost £350 to add. The spoiler, which comes as standard on the top of the range S Line, gives the A1 a sporty look.
The A1’s looks are matched by its performance. I am testing the top performing A1 with a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In comparison with automatics I’ve driven gear changes are virtually effortless - touch the accelerator and it’s quick to respond.
The downside, of course, is the fuel economy. The official combined mpg figure is a respectable 47.9 but in the first few drives it struggled to reach even 30mpg. A month on this has improved with the current average 35.2.I did manage the dizzy heights of 38mpg on one journey.
As the A1 has been mainly restricted to short commutes it will be interesting to see how it fares on a longer journey, especially if I drive in a more fuel efficient fashion.
I’ll forgive it for being a little hard on my wallet though because it’s enjoyable to drive. In the words of a fellow A1 driver at the petrol pump queue recently: “It’s a great little car.”