Audi A1 (2010 – 2015) Review

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Audi A1 (2010 – 2015) At A Glance

Chic and sporty looks plus a classy interior. Enjoyable to drive. Efficient chain cam petrol engines, plenty of scope for personalisation. Well equipped. 99g/km 1.6 TDI from 2011.

Efficient and pleasant but not overtly sporty.

Insurance Groups are between 9–28
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

The Audi A1 is summed up in three words: stylish, chic and sophisticated. It may be the smallest (and cheapest) Audi in the range but this sporty three-door - Audi's answer to the likes of the MINI and Citroen DS3 - is every bit as good as it looks. And as you'd expect from an Audi, the A1 is a premium hatchback with a high class interior, superb build quality and impressive refinement

Thanks to a range of efficient turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, it's cheap to run with all models able to average at least 50mpg while the 1.6 TDI diesel manages more than 70mpg according to the claimed figures at least.

However, the engine we'd recommend would be the newer 1.0 TFSI petrol that was introduced in 2015. Don't be put off by its small size - it's got plenty of get up and go plus it's economical too. 

Indeed, whichever engine you go for, the A1 isn't all show and no go because despite the modest power outputs, the light weight of the Audi A1 ensures peppy performance.

Audi hasn't skimped on standard kit either, making the A1 good value for money. All versions come generously equipped with alloy wheels, air conditioning and ESP stability control as standard which is more than many similarly priced equivalents offer.

Of course the big comparison is with the MINI and there are certainly obvious similarities between the two, but the Audi A1 walks a slightly different path with a more aggressive style and cutting edge interior. Plus, like most small cars of this ilk, there's plenty of scope for personalisation with different contrasting roof line options and a wide range of accessories.

The quality and style that Audi has able to bring to the small car market, along with great handling, means the Audi A1 is a cut above its competitors and makes this highly desirable yet cheap to run hatchback a great choice.

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Real MPG average for a Audi A1 (2010 – 2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

30–65 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Can you suggest a quality family car with a decent amount of space?
We currently drive an Audi A1 and love it, but with the arrival of a new baby we're finding it too small. We're looking for an upgrade but find that the Q-series of Audis have small boots, and only when looking at the Q3 do we think the boot is big enough - and this is a big car! Can you recommend a reasonably sized family SUV or saloon that would match the quality of the Audi brand and drive, but be big enough for a small family? We're also used to driving automatic and would like to stick with this if possible. We have an approximate budget of £15,000.
Have you considered an estate car? A Skoda Octavia could be a good option - it's got a huge boot and £15,000 will get a 2018 example with the 1.4 TSI engine and DSG automatic gearbox. You could also consider the Skoda Superb if you need even more room. If you'd prefer an SUV, take a look at a Honda CR-V.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is £300 expensive for a first service?
I have been quoted £300 for a first service (10,000 miles) on my 2017 Audi A1 1.0 TFSI by my Audi dealer. I can't go to another garage as it is still under warranty. Do you think this is about right?
The service cost is about right. But we say every car needs an oil service at least once a year or at least every 12,000 miles whichever comes first. We'd knock thousands off the price we would pay for a car that had not been serviced to this regime.
Answered by Honest John
We bought an electric car but it doesn't have the range that was promised - can we reject it?
My niece traded in a diesel 2013 Audi A1 for £6600 against a 2015 Nissan Leaf on PCP a week ago. This was on the basis that the Leaf would perform at least 70 to 80 miles driving. The car is supplied through a Nissan Dealer and the battery is showing as 12 bars, but she has had the battery nearly die at around 45 miles. She wants her old car back. They say they will sell to her for £8000 as they have serviced it and refurbished the alloy wheels plus are telling her that the Leaf is on finance and so not their problem. Please could you advise on how to proceed going forward. Dominic Tattersall
That's fair enough. If they have refurbished her A1 then £8000 for it is fair. But if they sold her the Leaf on a PCP and the Leaf is "not of satisfactory quality" because its range is a mere 45 miles rather than the promised 70 to 80 miles then she can reject it to the selling dealer and the finance house jointly. See: /
Answered by Honest John
Which hatchback should I buy?
I have a fair budget for a used car, preferably a petrol hot hatch with reasonable MPG consumption and also suitable for everyday car use. I am thinking of something up to a 2.0-litre engine. I am looking currently at the SEAT Ibiza III FR, SEAT Leon Cupra, SEAT Ibiza VI FR, SEAT Leon, Audi S3, Audi A3, Audi quattro, Volkswagen Golf V GTI, and Volkswagen Polo V. Can you please advice me what is the best choice and also what are the most common issues with the above cars.
The current Ibiza Cupra 1.8 TSI or Polo GTI 1.8 TSI are good, but a Ford Fiesta ST goes and handles better. Avoid Audi A1, Ibiza and Polo with the 1.4 Twincharger engine and DSG transmission. Current A3 with EA888 engine okay; previous one had trouble with timing chain, piston rings and coking up of inlet valves. The current SEAT Leon FR 1.8 TSI with independent rear suspension is okay. I'd avoid the previous generation of hot Leon because they are ugly. Avoid Golf V and VI because they are the most troublesome cars recorded. Polo and Ibiza 1.2 with timing chains can have timing chain trouble. Check them all out at
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