Audi A1, Q3, Q7 and TT all affected by inflation-led price increases — but price of S line spec falls
Darren Moss
8 October 2013

Several Audi models will increase in price this month.

The A1 and A1 Sportback both have a 2.2 per cent increase, meaning the £13,790 base price for the A1 will rise to  £14,115. The A1 Sportback meanwhile, will have its £13,980 asking price increased to £14,305.

Similarly, a 1.2 per cent price increase for the Q3 means the compact crossover will now start from £26,735 rather than £26,410. The larger Q7 SUV has been given a 0.5 per cent increase, with prices now starting at £43,885.

The TT coupé and roadster also have price increases of half a per cent, with those models now being priced from £24,630 and £26,645 respectively.

However, the premium for S line specification on TT models has fallen by £350.

Audi says the price increases are driven by inflation, and will be applied to models from the start of this month.

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8 October 2013

A 0.5% - 2.2% increase (like any increase in car prices) is pretty meaningless in this day and age of choice ... If you can't get that modest increase written off before you even start haggling, then its time to turn on your heels and got to another dealership or manufacturer (unless you really MUST have an Audi) ...

8 October 2013

Problem is other manufactures follow and even a price increase of 1.5% is several hundred pounds more.

I can see Audi’s thinking with the A1’s ‘big’ increase as one of their closest competitors, that they don’t own, a DS3 Style costs £15,375. The 1.2 turbo A1 is still £1,200 less making it look pretty good value, the 1.4 tsi comes in about the samer as the DS3 though.

 

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8 October 2013

A DS3 can be had with quite large discounts compared to the base A1 which only commands around £400 as the margins are tight. Move further up the range and it is just over 1K. A1 is still a costly car for what is a Polo in drag IMO. Polo Match for the money is much better equipped just let down by not having the 1.2 TSi 85 and using the 1.4 MPi even if the 1.2 TSi is a costlier engine. A 14K Polo with haggling becomes 11.5K and still decent residuals, even though not quite A1 standard. If I was looking for a premium small hatch then I would go mini over the A1 and Polo over the A1. But the four rings seems to bring in the punters no matter what the cost is...

8 October 2013
JezyG wrote:

If I was looking for a premium small hatch then I would go mini over the A1 and Polo over the A1. But the four rings seems to bring in the punters no matter what the cost is...

Good point. Is it just me or does anyone else think the A1's rear lights are just too darn big? To my eyes, they spoil the looks of what otherwise is a handsome car,

8 October 2013
JezyG wrote:

A DS3 can be had with quite large discounts compared to the base A1 which only commands around £400 as the margins are tight. Move further up the range and it is just over 1K. A1 is still a costly car for what is a Polo in drag IMO. Polo Match for the money is much better equipped just let down by not having the 1.2 TSi 85 and using the 1.4 MPi even if the 1.2 TSi is a costlier engine. A 14K Polo with haggling becomes 11.5K and still decent residuals, even though not quite A1 standard. If I was looking for a premium small hatch then I would go mini over the A1 and Polo over the A1. But the four rings seems to bring in the punters no matter what the cost is...

People I know have examples of the Ibiza and the A.1. in the same colour. Seen from a medium distance they look identical in profile. Why pay more for a label? Quite mad.

Actually, according to the J.D. Power survey for 2013, the customer satisfaction for a similar set of bits assembled as a SEAT is better than when they are assembled as an Audi. Ratings for a Polo are yet better whilst for a Fabia they are better still. This tends to confirm a suspicion of mine that the abilities of the individual assembly line which assembles the parts into a whole is far more important than the label by which the product is marketed.

I do approach these satisfaction surveys with some caution but before Skoda fanboys and girls get too smug it is worth pointing out that the DS3 and Jazz score higher than all other superminis by some margin

8 October 2013

People I know have examples of the Ibiza and the A.1. in the same colour. Seen from a medium distance they look identical in profile. Why pay more for a label? Quite mad.

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An Ibiza and A1 look identical in profile ???? you say from medium by that do you mean 3 miles??

 

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8 October 2013
xxxx wrote:

People I know have examples of the Ibiza and the A.1. in the same colour. Seen from a medium distance they look identical in profile. Why pay more for a label? Quite mad.

An Ibiza and A1 look identical in profile ???? you say from medium by that do you mean 3 miles??[/quote]

I was thinking three metres actually. (Two can indulge in sarcasm)

8 October 2013
JezyG wrote:

A A 14K Polo with haggling becomes 11.5K ..........

Really that's a bargin, what VW dealer is that as I'm interested and have got no where near that sort of discount

 

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