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New Audi A1 TFSI SE

Strange but true...the Audi A1 TFSI SE could be parked outside your house for less than the price of a mid-range Ford Fiesta.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 28, 2011
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Strange but true...the Audi A1 TFSI SE could be parked outside your house for less than the price of a mid-range Ford Fiesta. In fact, this Mini rival only costs £13,420. That makes it the cheapest new car produced by the legendary manufacturer. But there is a problem. The A1 – thanks to its Volkswagen Polo underpinnings – is perceived by some as an everyday car hiding behind a posh badge. There is some truth here, but who cares?

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the finest superminis ever conceived by mankind. Criticising the pint-sized A1 for sharing its DNA is like complaining that your partner looks too much like a super model. Volkswagen underpinnings are a considerable asset, as is the 1.2-litre 86ps petrol engine. This propels the A1 to 62mph in 11.7 seconds and averages 55.4mpg. These are pleasing figures for an affordable, stylish, entry-level, car.

The Audi A1 TFSI SE has composed handling, but it is not a sports-focussed plaything. It is a steady cruiser, albeit one with a surprisingly stiff ride. The boot - at 270-litres - is reasonable too, but the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta hold more. The A1 has some nice toys such as MP3 connectivity, but cheaper rivals offer this too. It is fair to say that motorists could have more complete cars for the price, but the badge is what people want.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 28, 2011