Audi A1 review - Is Audi's smallest car one of its best? - Performance and 0-60 time

A1 exhibits all the usual Audi traits, but lacks any real fun factor.

Evo rating
Price
from £14,990
  • Exceptional quality for such a small car and still fun to drive
  • Expensive compared to its rivals

Performance and 0-60mph time

Being at the entry-point in the Audi range there’s not too much emphasis on performance here, unless you’re after that S1 quattro model. The rest of the range has to make do with front-wheel drive only, and the smallest engine, a 1.0-litre TSFI three-cylinder petrol, makes do with 93bhp, which sees it reach 62mph in 10.9 seconds on its way to a 116mph top speed. Despite those numbers t's eager, happily running around to 6000rpm and feeling brisker than the performance data would have you believe. The 1.4 TFSI unit adds 30bhp to the mix, shaving over two seconds off that benchmark sprint and adding 11mph to the top speed.

That 1.4-litre also comes in an altogether more tempting 147bhp state of tune, dropping the 0-62mph time by a further second to record a more respectable 7.8 seconds. The diesel’s focus on performance isn’t related to the stopwatch either, it taking 9.4 seconds. Instead the 114bhp TDI’s numbers that matter are associated with its fuel economy, it returning 80.7mpg on the combined cycle, or 76.3mpg if you’re seduced by a larger 18-inch wheel option.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

Economy might be the diesel’s key selling point, but the 1.6 TDI’s mid-range is usefully muscular. Underlining the progress in small capacity turbocharged petrol engines though, is the fact that the 147bhp 1.4 TFSI matches the diesel in torque output. The shared peak of 184lb ft arrives in both at 1500rpm, staying in the TDI until 3250rpm and 3500rpm in the petrol. The lower output 123bhp 1.4 TFSI has 147lb ft of torque, its peak from 1400- to 4000rpm. 

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/ferrari/201950/new-ferrari-roma-612bhp-198mph-gt-car-joins-the-range
Ferrari

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Visit/mclaren/201626/mclaren-elva-revealed-new-open-top-speedster-adds-to-top-tier-ultimate-series
McLaren

McLaren Elva revealed – new open-top speedster adds to top-tier Ultimate Series

It’s the lightest McLaren Automotive model yet, packs 803bhp and will cost from just under £1.5m
13 Nov 2019
Visit/audi/s8/201946/audi-s8-review-enough-to-better-the-mercedes-amg-s63
Audi S8

Audi S8 review - enough to better the Mercedes-AMG S63?

Impressively agile and always effortless, the tech-packed S8 is still more limo than sports saloon
13 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019