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

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.”

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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