Audi claims the new generation A1 has been inspired by motorsport. More particularly, by the Audi Quattro – but that’s mostly marketing talk that’s supposed to capitalize on the racer’s iconic status.
While the exterior may have some cues from the legendary Quattro, the interior follows Audi’s modern design language. Customers get a dashboard angled towards the driver – along with some hard, and easy to scratch, hard plastics.
But the good news is that even the most basic model benefits from plenty of gear. As far as safety is concerned, it comes standard with Lane Departure Warning and speed limiter. It also gets LED front and rear lights, and 15-inch alloys, as well as the MMI Radio Plus with 8.8-inch touchscreen in the UK.
In the back, users will find good headroom and a decent amount of legroom. Also, the boot is more spacious than before.
The 2019 A1 is a rather comfortable cruiser, with very little engine and road noise coming into the cockpit at highway speeds. It’s fairly decent at absorbing bumps in the road, and the ride can become even more relaxing with the optional adjustable dampers.
CarBuyer recently drove the second-gen Audi A1 and found it to be a vast improvement over its predecessor, yet less engaging than the MINI. So, is it really worth the premium over the more affordable Volkswagen Polo in this case? Let’s find out.