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   Editor Review
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Video Review - Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI S tronic Advanced (A)
24 Jun 2020  |  Audi Reviews
Should the Audi A1's standout looks and premium interior convince you to cough up its significant price tag? Or should you be expecting more?
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   Consumer Reviews of Audi A1 Sportback
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OVERALL RATING
 
2 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4.5/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
3.5/5
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Exterior Styling
5/5 Interior Design
3.5/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
4.5/5
1 out of 2 (50%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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2 Reviews

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Rt173
1st Gear
1 reviews
57 points
57 forum posts Joined on 03-Apr-2006
Great looking car but reliability is suspect.  Posted on 06 Jun 2020
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I will not recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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This 1.4L A1 I bought was the last few cars in the batch before the facelift. It was basic - a bit too basic for me - no reverse sensors, no nav, no handsfree bluetooth /phone. But the interior finishing is certainly of high standards and the car looks really cool.
I've had the car for 6 years now. It has stalled on the roads twice:
i. Just a few months after one servicing (agent), the battery died. The car was 4years old and 40k mileage then.
ii. About a year later, the mechatronic broke down when the car was 5years old and 50k mileage. Expensive job!

Apart from the car being too basic, my other 'complaint' is 18-inch rims is too hard on the car ride. Looks really good on the car though but 17-inch rims would be a good in-between.

What I like
Very good interior quality, car looks really cool. Strangers have been seen snapping selfies with the car!

What I do not like
Basic features and may not be that reliable - car stalled on the roads twice in 6 years!

Fulcrum
3rd Gear
1 reviews
479 points
368 forum posts Joined on 22-Oct-2002
Nice premium small hatch  Posted on 18 Jan 2020
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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Seems like no one reviewed this car so I'm giving my 2 cents after a test drive at PA.

Exterior: looks more grown up, sportier and masculine than the previous feminine rounded look. Especially with the contrast roof top colour (a paid option) and nice sports rims.

Interior: Very modern looking design. The virtual lcd speedometer comes as standard but you've to pay extra for Google maps to be included into the dashboard; At least Android auto and Apple car play is standard. Note: the keyless engine start did not come as standard. Space wise, I'm 5'7" And adjusted to my driving position, I have a few cm of rear knee room. There is also quite a big hump in the rear bench centre so 3 adults at the back is still a squeeze. Headroom is great all round. Front seats are height adjustable so ingress and egress is easy for driver and front passenger. Back seat is Low so ingress and egress is not so good for rear passengers. Driver has lots if adjustments to get comfortable driving. Steering can be adjusted for height and reach. Boot size is decent but not class leading and the adjustable boot floor does not come standard. Some materials on the door trim feel cheap though the rest of the car is ok.

Driving: This car with 1.0 turbo gives a good shove when moving off the start. There is a small amount of lag but it quickly reaches illegal speeds after putting your foot down. It even sounds quite sporty. The three cylinders trumping is detectable only at idle. Gear shifts are smooth and I didn't detect and jerkiness at Low speeds. Ride is very well controlled for a small car and road noise is Low. Can talk without raising your voice. Rear C pillars are quite big so there is a bit of a blind spot when reversing. Reversing camera is again an option (what?!?)

What I like
Good refinement
Powerful engine that should be economical as well.
Smooth gear changes
Looks good in the skin
Low on road tax
Good headroom
Virtual cockpit standard

What I do not like
A lot of nice things have to be paid as options. This includes reverse camera, adjustable boot floor, keyless engine start and rear seat pockets. At least cruise control is standard.

A little more legroom would be nice.

Ingress and egress to rear seats Low and slightly awkward.

Hope there is no problem with DSG.

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Audi A1 Sportback
4 stars - based on 2 reviews