Audi S1 (2014–2018)
Engine is smooth yet powerful thanks to plenty of torque.
High quality interior feels solid and upmarket.
Positive gear change.
The quattro system means superb traction, especially from slow corners and in the wet.
What to watch out for
Bouncy ride and not comfortable in traffic.
Other hot hatches are more enjoyable to drive and cheaper too.
3-1-2019: Driveshaft, clutch and dual mass flywheel failure reported on 2017 Audi S1 at 13,000 miles. Owner asked to pay £1,770.84. Advised to claim that the clutch and DMF failure were consequential of the drtiveshaft failure.
3-7-2019: Report of leaking waterpump in EA888 engine of 2014 Audi S1 at 25,000 miles. Not deemed a "mechanical failure" under 6 month warranty supplied with the car which, of course it is, so liability rests with the dealer who supplied the car.
4-11-2015: EA288 1.8TFSI and 2.0TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter of 2016.
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