Audi S1 review – impressive and expensive in equal parts - Audi S1 performance and 0-60mph time

The Audi S1 brings speed, premium appeal and impressive build quality to the junior hot hatch segment.

Evo rating
Price
from £27,000
  • Performance, secure handling and overall quality
  • Expensive, not as exciting as some

Performance and 0-60mph time

With four-wheel drive and a huge slug of torque – 273lb ft between 1600 and 3000rpm – the S1 is very rapid off the line. It’ll reach 62mph in an impressive 5.8 seconds, which is quicker than most hot hatches from the class above. The top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

Combined with the unimpeachable traction of the Quattro four-wheel-drive system that torque output gives the S1 serious point-to-point pace. In wet conditions it would certainly stick four exhaust pipes up to anything short of a Volkswagen Golf R, and there's a real thrill to exercising such performance from a car that feels so compact.

Don't be fooled by the appearance of the Competition Package on the S1's options list. Unlike similar packages on Audis further up the range, there are no power upgrades here and so performance remains the same. The £2450 option simply gives you a different design of alloy wheel, some gloss black trim and matte black decals, and a more prominent roof spoiler.

 

Most Popular

Car pictures of the week
Roma GT test – group
Lamborghini

Car pictures of the week

We take a look at some of the unseen images from this month’s GT test, featuring Ferrari’s new Roma and an impressive wildcard rival.
17 Sep 2021
2022 Nissan GT-R model year update revealed
MY22 Nissan GT-R T-spec – front quarter
Nissan GT-R

2022 Nissan GT-R model year update revealed

Two new special editions and the return of some iconic colours are the highlights of the Nissan GT-R’s MY22 update
14 Sep 2021
Tesla Model S Plaid breaks EV Nürburgring record – beats Porsche Taycan Turbo
Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Plaid breaks EV Nürburgring record – beats Porsche Taycan Turbo

Tesla has now recorded a Nürburgring lap time with its Model S Plaid, if that matters
10 Sep 2021