The pre-facelift A1 nonetheless felt like a reasonably recent bundle, which is why Audi has approached the facelift with a lightweight contact. Styling adjustments are simple to overlook, however tweaks to the engine and tools listing carry extra worth to the shopper. We love this refined and super-economical diesel engine, however avoid wasting cash and stick to the guide.
The Audi A1 has been bringing sophistication and magnificence to the small premium class since 2011, however issues transfer rapidly and with the brand new MINI elevating the bar, Audi has correctly up to date its smallest mannequin.
Whilst you’ll wrestle to note the refined adjustments to the bumpers, lights and grille, Audi has spent extra of its time on the vital bits – enhancing the engine line-up and including extra package to your cash. It’s the brand new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol that has grabbed the headlines, because it’s the primary ever three-cylinder in Audi’s UK vary, but it surely’s the 1.6 diesel pushed right here that has the bottom operating prices.
Audi’s engineers have fine-tuned the 1.6 TDI to present an additional 10bhp so it now serves up a decent 114bhp – giving a 0-62mph dash time of 9.4 seconds and a prime pace of 124mph. Fortunately, extra energy comes hand-in-hand with improved operating prices. Go for an A1 in SE or Sport with a five-speed guide field and it’ll return claimed gasoline economic system and CO2 emissions of 80.7mpg and simply 92g/km – which means zero street tax. Go for the brand new seven-speed S tronic computerized gearbox and it’ll return a still-impressive 76.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 97g/km.
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It’s the latter we acquired to grips with for the primary time within the UK. The seven-speed field works properly with the diesel unit, making swift adjustments and including to the refined driving expertise. There’s a great deal of energy for simple overtaking and at any pace or revs, the cabin is a hushed place to be.
So it’s stress-free, however not thrilling. Even after biking via the completely different modes on supply within the now commonplace Audi Drive Choose system, it’s clear that Audi has plumped for protected and predictable dealing with over something too sporty – it nonetheless sits a distant second to the MINI’s extra agile chassis and responsive controls.
This received’t fear most A1 patrons, although, because the outdated automobile’s engaging and well-built cabin stays with all trims – SE, Sport and S line – now gaining additional tools. For instance, collision brake help is now commonplace throughout the vary, whereas S line fashions now get xenon headlamps with LED daytime operating lights thrown in.
Costs vary from £15,390 to £18,905 for the 1.6 TDI, however whereas the seven-speed field makes the A1 a soothing automobile to drive, we’d stick to the slick guide ‘field and save ourselves £1,540.