Audi A1 Sportback Road Test (2012)

Audi A1 Sportback Interior (2012)

Audi A1 Review

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It is also a practical model for a young family or older empty nesters looking for hatchback practicality with some premium comfort...

Comfort and Refinement

General refinement is pretty reasonable. There is not too much road rumble resonating up from under the body, and wind noise is reasonably subdued. You do tend to hear the engine busily doing its work though. It is especially noticeable when starting up the engine from cold, and it again becomes vocal under firm acceleration.

The A1 Sportback’s cabin is quite a comfortable place to be. It is nicely furnished with decent quality materials in pleasantly subdued colours. The front seats hug you in all the right places and the rear seats are gently contoured and not too bench-like. All the switchgear is good quality and the dashboard is laid out in a logical manner. Everything looks and feels premium grade.

Audi differentiates the Sportback from the A1 Hatch by using contrasting body colour schemes which add to the car’s premium look. The roof is black, grey or silver to give a two-tone effect above the main bodywork.

Safety and Security

This is a Euro NCAP 5-star car, and it comes equipped with front, side and head-level airbags for the driver and front passenger. Electronic brakeforce distribution, anti-slip traction control and electronic differential lock are included with the car’s electronic stability programme (ESP). There is a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. A first aid kit is provided.


This car is available with the Audi Connect system that enables the cabin to be turned into a wi-fi hotspot for mobile internet. The standard Audi sound system is good quality and an excellent 10-channel, four-speaker Bose surround sound audio system is an option.

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What We Liked
  • Practicality
  • Good to drive
  • Smart looking
  • Very good fuel economy
  • Standard stop-start saves fuel wastage
  • Premium class cabin
What We Disliked
  • Quite pricey for its size
What We Would Like To See
  • Even better design quality. Some details a bit flimsy.

No question the Audi A1 Sportback is a classy small car. It is also a practical model for a young family or older empty nesters looking for hatchback practicality with some premium comfort. For its size it is quite pricey, but it is nicely kitted out and drives very well. It retains the visual appeal of the original A1 but adds easier access and much more versatility. If you don’t mind the premium price, you get a very nice car for the money.

28 March 2012 Sue Baker
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Audi A1 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi A1 Sportback A1 Sportback 1.6 TDI
Body TypeHatchback
ColourAmalfi White
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.7 seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
UrbanTBA mpg
Extra UrbanTBA mpg
Combined74.3 mpg
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP Rating5 stars
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 28/03/12)£15,040

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