Audi first launched its highly anticipated A1 supermini at the end of 2010, and it has been one of its best-selling models to date, particularly appealing to city dwellers looking for a premium but compact vehicle. Shortly afterwards came Audi’s A1 Sportback, a practical 5-door model.
The Audi A1 S Line is perhaps the most desirable variant, with sporty styling and a good specification of equipment as standard. Second-generation Audi A1s are petrol only, boasting great economy and performance. In 2012 Audi produced the A1 Quattro, limited to 333 in number, which famously beat a Nissan GTR around Mira’s wet handling track by over 5 seconds when put to the test by Autocar, who hailed the model as a “giant killer.”
Topping the range is the Audi S1 available as both a 3-door and a 5-door Sportback. The Audi S1 benefits from a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine putting out 228 horsepower for a 0-62mph sprint in 5.8 seconds. Helping to achieve sports-car performance is Audi’s legendary Quattro four-wheel drive system fitted as standard to the S1, only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox for maximum driver engagement.