Facts at a glance

Audi A1 S-line
Audi A1 S-line

Why do you buy an Audi A1 over its rivals?

It’s to suggest you’ve got the disposable income to spend on something more stylish and exclusive. The latest S Line Style Edition of the A1 furthers that impression with some smart extras. If you’re already leaning towards an A1, this version is probably going to be hard to resist.

The Audi A1 is a beautifully-finished vehicle that manages to pour just enough of those Audi chromosomes into its compact dimensions. Buyers tend to migrate towards the upper trim levels, with S Line proving a popular pick and there’s now an A1 edition that adds to the S Line kit. The S Line Style Edition adds a number of extras and it’s hard to see it being anything other than a sales winner.

There’s a choice of three engines and they’re all good: a 1.2-litre TFSI unit, a real fuel miser, might be small but punches above its weight. and has a top speed of 112mph; the 121bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine gives a top speed of 126mph. Prefer diesel? Audi’s got a 104bhp 1.6 TDI which manages a top speed of 118mph.

Audi contends that if you’re downsizing from a bigger car, you expect big car sophistication and the A1 serves that up in spades.

Residual values remain just about the strongest in the supermini sector, propped up by Audi’s formidable badge equity. For this durability of appeal, proper substance is needed in the areas of safety, security, reliability and economy and this little Audi scores well across the board.

The Audi A1 is a car that can do very little wrong.