9 great reasons why the 2019 Audi A1 Sportback is the ultimate supermini?

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Audi A1 Sportback 2018

The Audi A1 Sportback has been a popular car on our short term car lease fleet over the years and we’ve just had the 2nd generation appear on our lists from our suppliers. Already since the car has been published on our website, we’ve had over 10 go out with the most popular being the sport model.

So I’ve put together a list of 9 great reasons why the 2019 Audi A1 Sportback is the ultimate supermini, in my eyes beating many of the others including VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Corsa.

  1. Engines
  2. DSG
  3. Residual Value
  4. Derivatives
  5. Digital Cockpit
  6. Handling
  7. Comfort
  8. Storage Space
  9. The Look

Audi A1 – Engines

All of the engines are fantastic, even the 999cc turbo powered unit in the 25 and the 30 TFSI. I’d still opt for the 30 TFSI as it comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox or a 7 speed DSG. Economy is fantastic and the pickup when accelerating feels really smooth but nippy.

Audi A1 – DSG

All of the engines are fantastic, even the 999cc turbo powered unit in the 25 and the 30 TFSI. I’d still opt for the 30 TFSI as it comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox or a 7 speed DSG. Economy is fantastic and the pickup when accelerating feels really smooth but nippy.

Audi A1 – Residual Value

These Audi A1’s have never been cheap to purchase, with reports that they are 10% more expensive over their equivalents. But the residual values on the Audi A1 are excellent meaning that leasing and PCP’s are generally the best way to run an Audi A1.

Audi A1 – Derivatives

Audi keeps it simple; SE, Sport and S line. Whilst I have only seen S-lines as this is what we run on our fleet, the other models still come with a great specification with the SE coming with LED Headlights, Audi Smartphone Interface and Alloy Wheels. The S-Line adds to this spec by adding 17″ Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Sport Suspension, Front Sport Seats and S Line Body Styling.

Audi A1 – Digital Cockpit

On the S-line model the Audi A1 Sportback comes with the brilliant 10.25″ display, enabling speedo, trip computer, infotainment and (if fitted) maps from the navigation system.

Audi A1 – Handling

The way this Audi A1 Sportback is set up is really superb, the car feels as though your cornering on rails with very little body roll. The S Line suspension can make things appear much sturdier, and handles better than most, if not all, supermini’s I’ve driven.

Audi A1 – Comfort

For someone who is 6ft, the car is comfortable with the seating position just right. Although, I wouldn’t want to be an adult sat behind me. Pedals feel as though they are in the right place and a long drive is easily done without any discomfort. Cabin noise is also excellent, only hearing the engine under extreme acceleration.

Audi A1 – Storage Space

From cup holders to cubby holes, you’ll find plenty of nuts and crannies to store your odds and sods! Then let’s head to the boot, it’s very generous for a supermini. If you’ve got the optional height adjustable boot, you can easily fit a compact pushchair or multiple hand luggage suitcases.

Audi A1 – The Look

With its refreshed lines bringing it in line with some of the newer Audi models, the Audi A1 really is a stunner. Pick the car in the right colour with the right wheels and the S line derivative, you’ve really got yourself a hot supermini.

What do you think of the Audi A1 Sportback?

I’d love to hear what you think of the Audi A1 Sportback! Did you own the original one? What would you like to see Audi improve? Whats your ideal specification of the Audi A1 Sportback?

Read more on Medium.com

I’ve written a similar article on the Audi A1 Sportback on Medium.com, have a read and see what you think:

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