The Audi A1 is an interesting super-mini, as it’s a good idea in theory but fails to live up to that in practice. In theory, it’s a very small, premium car that can be bought by people who live in very cramped, urban cities, where space is at a premium. So the idea that you can have a car that’s small enough to fit in tight, European cities while delivering on the same premium qualities that make luxury cars enjoyable is a good one. As it turns out, though, the Audi A1 isn’t much more premium than a Volkswagen Polo but it costs quite a lot more. This new one, though, is said to be much better and it’s just been caught doing some winter testing in the snow. (We don’t own the spy photos but check them out here)
In these new photos, we can see the next-gen Audi A1 wearing the brand’s new corporate face. That means it gets the new, and massive, Singleframe grille, angular headlights and large front air intakes. It looks good from what we can see and will be a sharp looking super-mini. It’s also larger than before, which will give it better interior space, but not so much larger that it will be any more difficult to park.
It’s also said that this new A1 will be more premium and more mature than the current-gen car. According to one of Autocar’s sources, “There is a maturity to the new model. The differences are instantly recognizable when you drive it,”
The current Audi A1 is still built on an old Volkswagen Group platform, dubbed PQ25, and dates all the way back to 2001. This new one, though, will be built on the brand-new MQB platform, which is excellent and is the same one that underpins the new Audi A3 and the brilliant MKVII Volkswagen Golf. So we don’t doubt that the new Audi A1 will feel more premium, more expensive and more dynamic as well.
Check these spy photos and see what we’re on about.