Review: Audi A1 Sportback (2018)

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All models get digital instrument cluster. Lots of personalisation options available.

Not a huge departure in terms of styling...

Audi A1 Sportback (2018): At A Glance

From 2018, the Audi A1 Sportback became 5-door only with Audi's entry-level model sharing a platform with the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza. The new A1 is longer, wide and lower than before. It's more angular in its design - a nod to the iconic UR-Quattro rally car from the 80s, says Audi. We say it looks like a shrunken Q2 with some extra creases added.

As is typical for Audi's range, the new A1 Sportback is available in three different trim levels: SE, Sport and S-Line. The latter features larger air intakes, additional sill trims and a larger rear wing as well as various other cosmetic upgrades intended to give it a beefy appearance. Until a sporty S1 arrives (rumoured for 2019), the top version will be a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 200PS.

Other engines available at launch include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol producing 116PS and badged the 30 TFSI, and a 150PS 1.5-litre four-cylinder dubbed the 35 TFSI.

An entry-level 25 TFSI with 95PS will follow. All engines bar the 200PS version will be available with a manual gearbox or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto. The warmest engine in the range will come exclusively as an auto.

Buyers of the new A1 get a choice of 10 colours which, in a bid to cater for younger buyers desperate for the ability to customise their car, can be combined with a contrasting roof colour.

Taking the S Line specification as a foundation, Launch Edition models are offered in a range of vivid colours along with 18-inch alloy wheels finished in bronze, white or black, while darkened LED rear lights are said to reference the classic Sport Quattro. Audi badges are finished in black, while various exterior and interior styling packages will be available.

Audi says the cabin of its new A1 is driver focused, with a fully digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster standard on all models. An infotainment system previously used on larger Audis has trickled down to the A1, positioned towards the driver for ease of use.

Go for the Navigation Pack for a 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen with navigation and a higher specification Virtual Cockpit while the Technology Pack adds various internet-based services and wireless phone charging.

As well as being more premium and tech-packed, the interior of the revised A1 is also bigger than before. Luggage capacity has increased by 65 litres to 335 litres, and there's more head and legroom than before.

Driver assistance technology has also trickled down from elsewhere in the Audi range. Lane departure warning helps keep the car in lane at speeds of 40mph and above, while a speed limiter is fitted as standard. So is Audi pre sense front which uses a radar sensor to warn the driver of approaching obstacles such as other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Radar-based adaptive cruise is an option, whlie there are various parking systems from a reversing camera to a park assist feature which can automatically park the car in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces.

Alongside the standard suspension, a tauter sport set-up is available as an option. Buyers can also upgrade to adjustable dampers plus various other driver-focused features including a sound actuator (for a dose of fake noise), red brake calipers and larger brake discs. Audi's drive select system is also available, allowing drivers to select from four modes ranging from efficiency to dynamic.

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What does a Audi A1 Sportback (2018) cost?

List Price from £18,435
Buy new from £17,295
Contract hire from £184.01 per month

Real MPG average for a Audi A1 Sportback (2018)

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35–57 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Audi A1 Sportback (2018)?

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Are there any small automatic cars available in yellow?

What companies sell small automatic yellow cars? I currently have a Skoda Fabia but these are no longer sold in yellow.
The Audi A1, which is available with an S tronic gearbox and Python yellow paint. It's expensive, though. There's also the DS 3 Puretech 110 automatic available in Sport Yellow
Answered by Andrew Brady
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