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The Audi A1 is a supermini car by Audi that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 and has been produced up to the present. Available as a 3- and 5-door hatchback, it’s assembled in Brussels (Belgium).
One of the advantages of the 2015 model is its affordability. Both base and more advanced models have become much cheaper. Those who could only dream about a car wearing the Audi badge proudly can turn their dreams into reality now. They have a chance of acquiring a good-looking mini hatchback that’s fun to drive and safe to be in. The Audi A1 is a good alternative to the Mini.
Exterior & Interior
As competition becomes stronger year by year, Audi tries to correspond and even surpass modern standards, especially if rivals are hard on heels. It prompted the manufacturer to update the A1 for the 2015 production year.
The car is longer by 0.8 inches now due to the new bumpers with overall length of 13.1 ft. The whole exterior design makes the Audi A1 look sportier. The roof dome (in the Audi A1 Sportback) or roof line can be painted in a colour different from the one the rest of the car is painted in. It comes as an optional feature.
The materials the Audi A1’s cabin is made of are irreproachable. There are plastic and leather elements as well as chrome trims across the cabin. The car’s interior looks elegant and sophisticated. Customers are given a choice of a style the cabin of their new A1 will have: there’s the sport and design lines. Besides, they can opt for the Genuine Accessories package (introduced in the Audi cars for the first time) or active kit.
The 2015 Audi A1 is claimed to be able to seat five passengers. In practice, it isn’t so. If you don’t want your fellow-travellers to be very much cramped, seat two people at the back. Even so, they can feel confined head- and legroom there although all the seats are supportive and comfortable. Moreover, if you install a panoramic sunroof in the car, be ready to even less headroom for the rear passengers.
The Audi A1 is a 3- or 5-door hatchback. It’s erroneous to think that the 5-door version provides more room. With the same room capacity, it facilitates the rear seats access.
The front seats are also comfortable so that you weren’t tired on a faraway journey; they also keep a driver and passenger in place. A driver can adjust their seat to their liking thanks to the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Furthermore, they aren’t likely to have any problems with managing the controls, especially because the majority of the car’s functions are operated via an easy-accessible rotary dial.
As for the cargo capacity, it’d be better if it were more spacious. The 2015 Audi A1 offers a 278-litre boot that can be boosted to 920 litres if the rear seats are folded up. Only small bags can be put into such a boot.
The Audi A1 is a quiet car. You won’t be annoyed with wind or engine sounds during the journey. However, not all the A1 versions cope with pot-holes equally well. The winner in this category is the A1 SE, then comes the A1 Sport model that’s followed by the S version (because the latter uses sport suspension, every road imperfection is felt).
Engine & Mileage
The 2015 Audi A1 can be powered by a 1.0- or 1.4-litre petrol engine as well as a 1.6-litre diesel one paired to manual, dual-clutch, or S-tronic transmissions. All the motors are characterized by improved fuel economy and power output.
A 1.0-litre 95-hp petrol engine, which is the first 3-cylinder petrol engine in Audi’s history, is affirmed to return 67.3 mpg while real numbers are 45-55 mpg. Another petrol engine the car can be equipped with is claimed to run remarkable 60.1 mpg (due to a cylinder-deactivation system). A 1.6-litre diesel unit is appropriate for distant trips. In the laboratory, it covered astounding 74.3 mpg. Although in real-life conditions this figure must drop to about 60, it’s still a rather good result.
Safety and Other Features
The 2015 Audi A1 achieved five stars according to the Euro NCAP testing. The car is equipped with front, side, and curtain airbags as well as a stability control system. Although there isn’t a rear-view camera, there are rear parking sensors.
Among other features are alloy wheels, air conditioning, and iPod connectivity. For extra money, you can get automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers, heated door mirrors, satellite navigation, and cruise control.
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