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Audi A1 1.6 TDI: Test Drive Review

Date: 17 January 2012

Category: Supermini
P11D price: £17,810
Key rival: Mini Cooper

Audi's A1 has joined the ranks of the sub-100g/km club. Tweaks to the fuel system and engine management have cut emissions from 105g/km to 99g/km, and improved fuel economy from 70.6mpg to 74.3mpg.

Available in all three trim levels, including the hard-riding, range-topping S-line driven here, the revised A1 matches its arch-rival, the Mini hatchback, for efficiency and is £180 cheaper than the Cooper Soho. The A1 takes the cost per mile win though, thanks to a better residual value than the Mini, one of the first signs that the BMW-owned brand is starting to lose the RV invincibility that it's enjoyed for so long.

The 1.6 diesel is powerful enough for Audi's smallest model, certainly avoiding the impression of being a low-emission focused car, although the harsh ride of the S-line model in particular will be too much for some drivers.

Audi A1 1.6 TDI 105 S-line manual
P11D price£17,810
Model price range£13,420-£21,810
Fuel consumption74.3mpg
CO2 (tax) 99g/km (13%)
BIK 20/40% per month£39/£77
Service intervalVariable miles
Insurance (1-50)group 15
Boot space min/max270/920 litres
Engine size/power1598cc/105hp
Top speed/0-62mph118mph/10.5secs
On sale Late 2011
Verdict Sub-100g/km
will enhance A1’s
appeal to some


Sub-100g/km achievement will enhance A1’s appeal to some