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  • Martin V.

    How about the Citroёn DS3?

  • Pauly

    I would take the Polo GTI or Honda CR-Z (if it came with a bigger engine).

  • http://www.facebook.com/leong.jon Jonathan Leong

    I would still take the Cooper S.

    • CRS200

      Yep and as I did the Clio RS 200.

      Cooper S and Clio RS 200 are Go carts only after driving one you understand, why…

  • STP

    Where are The Simpsons?

  • Sam 300TD

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I know, but I saw one in the metal the other day and I thought it looked Ghastly. I much prefer the look of the Polo GTI or the Mini. Just my 2 cents…

  • Rex

    This is by far and away the stupidest car on sale in Oz today. 45K on road for something that looks like a cheap chinese showbag filler.

    • ChineseDriver

      You’d better stop wearing your made in china underwear then.

      And stop using your made in China keyboard which you typed this stupid comment.

      • simon – angry a1 customer

        you must work for audi to be defending them. i bought an audi a1 attraction for my partner. excellent chasis but shoddy build quality. requires a new gearbox, a paint repair/respray because of a defect, faulty mmi system, faulty fuel cap release, faulty windscreen wipers, and a creaky steering wheel!! if the gearbox can’t take 90kw, how on earth will it handle 136kw. dont fork out $40 for one of these, it may as well have been made in china

        • CRS200

          Yep but Simon just because it’s an Audi it’s Reliable!

          Even My Renault Clio RS 200 famous for being unreliable hasn’t given me one problem.

          Only problem the Clio Rs 200 has is it is a little overpriced.

          Clio RS 200 is still king of mini hot-hatches and it’s new generation is already underdevelopment.

    • Monster

      You don’t know what you are talking about Rex. Did you know 90% of Gucci, half of the Prada and lots of other so called ‘luxury’ stuff are actually made in China already. Those brands just forbid the factories in China to disclose this fact to the public. If you can afford it, made in China stuff will give you the best quality you need. But if you continue to shop the 2 dollar shop in the corner, bear in mind that quality does come at a price. Don’t expect $100,000 car with $10,000 price tag. Grow up Rex. Be reasonable.

    • bob

      Spot on Rex. I too completely confused the A1 with a Great Wall, so I know how you feel.

      ???????

  • DDH

    Best looking tiny car around atm, masculine even…when compared to the others. I wonder what the driveway price would be if you paid full price and ticked every box?

    • Alexander

      I think with no options it’s about $48 drive away from memory, add some options you could easily get it to $60k, just like an optioned up Mini.

      • CRS200

        $60k please don’t waste your money unless you really love the car.
        For that cash you can buy a Megane RS 250, Focus RS, Subaru Impreza WRX, Clio RS 200, Mini Cooper S and all of those mentioned are much better performance cars and come in manual.

  • j

    That wasabi interior makes the car look cheap and tacky. $200 to colour the air vents?!?!?!

    And surely an ecu retune would make the polo gti more aggressive?

  • Chucky

    In the UK, this car costs only 1300 pounds more than a Polo GTI. Here Audi has priced it up against a Golf GTI. Sorry, but that extra $12,000 is clearly nowhere near justified, especially when you still have to pay extra for various options that should be standard at that price.

    Audi takes us for idiots, while VWs are priced relatively reasonably, even though they are bot owned by the same freaking company.

  • Alexander

    I love the look of this car on the road and i’m sure it’s great fun to thrash, although i’m not sure i’d spend this kind of money on such a small car. I’d rather send less and get an Audi A1 base model , Mini Cooper or Honda CR-Z, all are fast enough for my commute at around 90kw.

  • save it for the track

    That interior colour treatment cheapens the whole thing. But considering it’s the same chassis and engine as a Polo Gti, the Audi name is not worth 12k more. Too me, the exterior also doesn’t look ‘balanced’.

  • Commentator

    I’d pick Velencia Orange interior highlights. This car could be in the next season of Top Gear, I wonder JC will test it?

  • Douglas9305

    Yes, $12,000 more than a Polo GTi – I do think these reporters do sometimes need a reality check…..

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Kane

      Have fun waiting 18 months for the polo GTI

  • HJP

    Another reason for me not to buy any German cars that comes with hefty options list at hefty price. Wasabi green vents at $200? That’s a waste of money to make the interior looking cheap.

    • Lynskey Nel

      Maybe you just have a ny money to waste in the first place

  • ryan bane

    Having test driven a Polo GTi, im slightly worried by the comment “On the road, the A1 Sport feels far firmer than the Polo GTI”.

    I found the Polo ride was overly firm on bumpy roads, (although perfectly acceptable on good quality road surfaces), and I quickly found myself actively avoiding road irregularities (yes I prepared for the fact that the ride was going to be much firmer than a std Polo).

    Hopefully it is just article hyperbole, overwise I suggest the Audi will be harsh on anything but the smoothest roads.

    • nemo

      I haven’t tried the Polo GTI (none in stock!) but I drove this and was avoiding the cat’s eyes when changing lanes it’s that stiff

  • PeterG

    Looks OK but never a fan of those pretentious LEDs

    And that interior yellow highlights do nothing for me.

    I’d stretch to the Golf GTI

  • Michael

    Have had my MY11 Polo GTI for 6 months now and can’t fault the handling or grunt. Would find it hard to justify an extra $12k for the A1, especially with 2 less doors. Sorry to everyone who’s on the waiting list for the Polo GTI!

  • mark

    id have one, the CR-Z and the JCW mini…the DS3 is cute but yuck at the same time

  • Suntory time

    Trendy? more like cop-out for those dying to be seen in a “euro” but can’t afford the base model A4 etc… Auto makers are making a killing, thanks to people’s desire to be seen in anything that they feel gives ‘status; even ugly crap like this, pfttt.

  • F1MotoGP

    I just checked the Audi A1 Attraction in Germany is 20,000 Euro which is nearly 28,000 AUD. Here 32,250 AUD. The 4,000 is shipping, insurance and conversion cost so it is smae price as in Germany.

  • maximark

    For this price I would take the MPS, WRX, Civic tyreR or even the XR5. I know it’s in different size category but why shouldn’t I spend the same money on other hatches that have more space and better performance.

  • COOLTT

    The second coolest car on the road, Audi cars are fantastic and this would look so cool in my garage alongside my TT which is the coolest car ever! Now I need to find some razoos to pay for one.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Kane

    i actually have driven one and it was a ball of fun…. plus at 4% finance makes it good value, can easily manage 15% discount

    no i dont work for audi by the way lol

  • Sal

    Great design. Another reviewer has said ride with standard 17″ wheels is more compliant than Polo GTi.
    Both great little hot hatches. Audi has a lot of standard features and has a bit less weight with stonger build. A bit more power too. Also it is made in Germany, the Polo GTi is made in Spain. VW should get the Spaniards working overtime. 18 month waiting list is ridiculous. If there was good supply you could probably get a better price on the Audi. I will go to an Audi dealer and try anyway or get a Golf GTi DSG for same price.

  • Lynskey Nel

    I just bought one second hand for 34000 $ with 600klm in addition I got 17 inch wheels , media pack , sunroof, front and rear sensor , reverse camera , Bose sound system I than spent $1200 on a full protection paint interior and tint all for $35200
    My Peugeot gti 180 cost $38000 6 years ago yes the Renault fun to drive but compared to the Audi you can’t even bring price into it and the Audi fun and classy to drive it has more substance than all the others put together .

  • Ryandoherty

    I picked up a sport s-tronic with s-line package and sunroof for $37k drive away brand new. At that price I’ll take this car over any other option in the small car market. It flys!

  • Phil

    Just got a new A1 sport, black with sunroof…just love the car, solid, great build, everything is top quality and it flies, comfortable and quiet,,,got it for less than 40k on road…..don’t knock something you haven’t tried I’d say to the above ‘enlightened knockers’

    • Mikesturrock77

      For 40k I would go with the Mazda 3 MPS if you want something that flies, it leaves the A1 for dead

    • Wongdennis

       How did you guys get it so cheap? A1 Sport in Perth with Auto is like 48k driveaway!

Audi A1 Specs

1.4 TFSI AMBITION : 1.4L TURBO MPFI - 7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 3D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
AUDI
Model
A1
Variant
1.4 TFSI AMBITION
Series
8X
Year
2011
Body Type
3D HATCHBACK
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.4L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
200Nm @  1500rpm
Max. Power
90kW @  5000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
80W/kg
Bore & Stroke
76.5x75.6mm
Compression Ratio
10
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.429
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
45
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1125
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1416mm
Length
3954mm
Width
1740mm
Ground Clearance
121mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:600
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.6
Front Rim Size
6x16
Rear Rim Size
6x16
Front Tyres
195/50 R16
Rear Tyres
195/50 R16
Wheel Base
2469
Front Track
1475
Rear Track
1469
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Entertainment
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Rear Spoiler
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Heated Front Seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels
Driver
Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Interior
Leather Upholstery
Package
Competition Package
Safety
Protective Glazing
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
24 months /  30,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-H-9
Country of Origin
GERMANY