Find a car review

Make
Model
Reviews

Audi S1 review – impressive and expensive in equal parts - Audi S1 MPG and running costs

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

Audi claims 40.4mpg on the combined cycle (39.8mpg for the slightly heavier S1 Sportback), but in reality that figure will be closer to 32mpg in mixed driving. On a steady run that’ll creep up towards 40mpg, but you’ll struggle to get much better than 25mpg if you use the performance fully and often.

Most of the S1’s small hot hatch alternatives use smaller 1.6-litre engines so they have the potential for greater fuel efficiency when resisting the urge to use their performance.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

A set of four 17-inch high performance tyres from Continental or Pirelli will set you back around £320, which is also true of the S1’s rivals.

Audi will sell you an extended four-year/75,000 mile warranty for £235, or a five-year/90,000 mile warranty for £500. The Audi badge will help to keep residual values up; three-year-old examples are currently trading for £17,000-£18,000 - still in the same ballpark as a brand-new Fiesta ST!

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/201759/new-mclaren-gt-review-woking-muscles-in-on-aston-martins-home-ground
McLaren

New McLaren GT review – Woking muscles-in on Aston Martin’s home ground

Is McLaren’s first grand tourer just a toned-down supercar, or something more nuanced and special?
17 Sep 2019
Visit/opinion/201760/its-time-car-makers-gave-us-the-wheely-good-alloys-for-free
Opinion

'It’s time car makers gave us the wheely good alloys for free'

The problem with the proliferation of alloy wheel choices is that it's exposing us to deliberately cack wheel design
17 Sep 2019
Visit/review/201600/milltek-volkswagen-up-gti-review-tuner-takes-supermini-to-145bhp
Review

Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019