- evo Magazine
“Audi reckons that two thirds of A1s will be Sportbacks. We managed 38mpg in rapid real world driving with the 121bhp TFSI engine, slightly disappointing for a car this small and light. By contrast, we got 57mpg out of the (considerably more crude) 1.6-litre TDI diesel under similar use”.
- Motor Trend
“In a first for Audi — or anyone else for that matter — it features a development of the cylinder deactivation technology already seen on the V-8 fitted to the new S6, S7, S8, and Bentley Continental. As long as you’re tickling the throttle, not on an upslope, and between 1400 and 4000 rpm, it shuts down the middle two cylinders imperceptibly…”.
- Inside Line
“Audi hasn’t gained ground on its two German prestige rivals by repeating its mistakes, and the 2012 Audi A1 Sportback shows just how quickly it learns its lessons. It’s a terrific small hatchback now, maybe even the pick of the class. The European market will love it, at least more so than the three-door A1″.
“In many ways, the Sportback actually makes more sense than the three-door A1. If you don’t count VW under the same ‘premium’ umbrella, the Sportback has no direct premium rivals but for the less practical Mini Clubman, and the added utilitarian value doesn’t corrupt the looks (too much) or the general likeability of the car”.
- Top Gear
“Those looking for a classy, comfortable and luxurious city car will think it’s a lovely thing. Sadly though, the drive lets it down and that lack of thrills will deter the Stigs amongst you”.
- What Car?
“The diesel’s figures are particularly impressive, returning an average of 74.3mpg and emitting just 99g/km of CO2. However, we’d point you towards the punchier, smoother 120bhp petrol – it costs less to buy trim-for-trim, and with figures of 52.3mpg and 126g/km, the running costs won’t bankrupt you…”.
“…Granted, you cannot put four or five full-sized people in the cabin all day and hope to come away fresh as a daisy, but a couple of amicable extra larges and one or two medium sizers or kids will do just fine even for longer trips…”.
- Le Blog Auto (France language)
“L’esprit sportif se retrouve essentiellement une fois le mode S (pour Sport) de la boite auto activé, permettant ainsi d’avoir une meilleure accélération et des rapports plus courts”.