The Audi A1 starts at £17,735, with prices rising as high as £27,230. Start checking a few options boxes, however, and it’s possible to push that figure up past the £30,000 mark. And no matter how you look at it, that’s a lot for a supermini – even one with as much visual presence as our S Line Style Edition test car.

Prices for this S Line Style Edition start at £25,690, though you’ll have to move quickly to secure a car for that price, with Audi currently phasing out the manual version of this trim line and electing only to sell the pricier automatic. In addition to the raft of aesthetic tweaks introduced to the exterior – think bronze 18in alloys, black trim detailing and darker LED headlights – this figure also nets you standard equipment such as sports suspension, sports seats and full leather upholstery. That said, if you fancy dual-zone climate control or sat-nav, you’ll have to pay for the privilege.

Richard Lane

Road tester
CAP expects the A1 to outperform the Mini and the Fiesta Vignale by a fair margin in terms of their residual value.

Still, at least you won’t spend too much time (or money) on the petrol station forecourt, given the potential for topping 500 miles of range.

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