• Aug 24, 2010

Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Audi A1 certainly looks the part of a premium micro mini. Luxury touches like LED headlamps and available faux aluminum trim helps make the case that Audi's newest and smallest ride deserves to wear the four-ringed badge.

But beyond attractive sheet metal and a typically wonderful Audi interior, we can't help but wonder how the A1 handles itself. Is it too small to feel luxurious on the open road? Does it have the chops to take on the venerable Mini Cooper?

Jonny Smith from Fifth Gear attempts to answer those questions and more by taking the A1 for a spin on UK streets. Hit the jump to take in the 3:09 video. We don't want to spoil anything, but lets just say that we're very interested in getting our hands on the smallest Audi money can buy.



[Source: German Car Scene]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great article but no video?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I 3rd no video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car's too austere to be fun. And no video...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That ain't UK streets, this is Berlin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Trying to find a shot of the cargo area with the rear seats folded, but none seem to exist. I am wondering if the seats fold flat, flush with the cargo area, or stepped, like in the MINI. Must be the latter, if they aren't showing it. Oh well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a Volvo C30 over this any day. The waterfall center stack is much more attractive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with you- the C30 doesn't e-x-a-c-t-l-y compare but who cares? I'd also rather have a '78 LeCar, a Ford Ranger Splash (awesomely tacky, right?) a Storm (and that's a horribly unappealing ride, no?), a Weinermobile or a Ciera... literally any car would be more fetching than this German Pacer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The C30 is in the A3 class not in the A1 class...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the title had stopped after four words it would have summed up Fifth Gear perfectly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Awesome
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like EVO's review better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czDvbTAp97c
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Jonny Smith from Fifth Gear attempts to answer those questions and more by taking the A1 for a spin on UK streets"

      You're really flattering us with that, but I can assure you that we drive on the other side of the road, and our streets are nowhere near as clean and well maintained as those in the video (filmed in Germany).
      • 4 Years Ago
      "taking the A1 for a spin on UK streets"

      No he wasn't. He was driving on the right and all the other cars around him had German plates.

      He wasn't in Blighty old chap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *yaawn* i don't think this thing will take many customers from Mini, because Mini stands out... this is boring as *uck, as all today's Audis are (-R8)
      I dislike Mini because I think they failed reinventing its design but I'd take it over this any day... if Fiat 500 was not among the choices
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe boring, but their sales are doing quite well. Tons of boring cars sell in large numbers, the most boring cars often. Take a look at the Top 10 selling cars and try to find an exciting one amongst them(not counting sport versions which sell as a small portion of the total).

        That said, I don't find any Audis boring in the least. I think this A1 is at least as interesting as a MINI.

        To each his own I suppose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i believe the time will come soon for Audi to do something about their designs, but yes, to each his own
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