With my background in design, I know I really shouldn’t be saying this. But ever since I saw the Audi A1 metroproject concept at the Tokyo show in autumn 2007 I have had a niggling thought in the back of my mind.

There was something about the car’s rather plump, potato-esque, shape that reminded me strongly of another car.

When the pictures of the final production A1 arrived, I couldn’t resist asking the obvious question any longer.

I am the only one who thinks the baby Audi looks remarkably like an Austin Allegro?

There’s something about the short, tubby shape, the sweep of the C-pillar, the amount of bodywork above the front wheel and that deep ‘shoulder’ surface that runs off the front wing and down the side of the car.