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New Audi A1 S Line review

The new Audi A1 S Line shows how far small cars have come since the 1980s

The new Audi A1 S Line shows how far small cars have come since the 1980’s, when you were lucky to get a radio, never mind the extensive standard equipment on today’s cars.

The list of kit on the new Audi A1 S Line includes air conditioning, large 6.5 inch media screen with SD card input, 17 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth preparation for phones, roof spoiler, body kit, sports suspension and beautifully crafted leather and cloth seats with S-Line decal.

Safety equipment is excellent with driver, front passenger and front side and head airbag system, front passenger airbag deactivation switch ,Electronic Stability Program (ESP), including ABS, EBD, ASR and EDL. What all these letters mean is that if you have an emergency situation, this car should help you stop more quickly and stay safer.

The A1 is based on the same chassis as the new VW Polo, our favourite supermini of the last 12 months, and shares a similar size boot. Where the Polo wins over the Audi still is the ability to seat 5 people. Although the rear is too small to sit 3 adults in comfort, that’s not the point. Every now and then that extra seat comes in handy, especially as you’ll be seeing a lot of these cars on the school run soon. But Audi won’t be too bothered about that. In their eyes you can always buy an A3 if you need more space.

The car is aimed squarely as a MINI competitor, with a range of customisations available at extra cost. The roof contrast line is available in 4 colours, Amalfi White, Ice Silver, Daytona Grey and Brilliant Black and looks set to be a popular option.

Prices start from £13145 for the SE, and £16460 for the 1.2 S-Line. If money is no object, go for the top of the range 1.4 TFSI S Line Auto, or to save a few pennies, the 1.6 TDI.

The car is on sale now, with first deliveries expected in November.