Good car but not without its problems
I owned the car for just over 3 years, this is because the warranty was only for 3 years and I didn't trust it mechanically.
I had the 4 door 1.4L turbo petrol base model in DSG. If I had my time again I would have opted for the manual. The DSG never left me stranded but it was frequently an issue after about 12 months of owning the car. It would make very unusual sounds in cold weather. It had unusual clutch behavior at times for no apparent reason. It was great on an open road, but around town, it was frustratingly unrefined.
Sometimes the h...ill hold wouldn't engage, you'd roll back like in a manual, hit the accelerator to stop from rolling back and the car would lunge forward. When you would then hit the brakes to stop from hitting the car in front of you the engine would cut out making you look like a learner driver, which leads me onto my next point. I understand the reason behind the stop/start system, there is a button to disengage it, but this would reset when you turned the car off. There needs to be an option to turn it off permanently. This is one feature my current car does not have that I do not miss. It may have been ok in the manual but in the DSG it was an absolute nuisance. The back seats and the boot are essentially completely useless if you're taller than 5'5", like sitting almost completely upright and never carry more than a mid-sized suitcase in the boot. The engineers were having a laugh when they fitted a seatbelt to the middle seat which not even a small child would be able to use if the other 2 back seats were occupied. You need a large sum of money when you take it to get serviced. The cheapest service I had was $450, the average was around $900.
Purchased in November 2013 at Audi Dealers for $28,000.00.
To all people with lemons for A1s
I have had an Ambition s-tronic turbo since 2012 and love it. Never any issues and it looks great. But this is not about me: it is all those who have been sold the limited lemon range. It is time you demanded your legal rights under the australian consumer Law. That means, ignore the manufacturer’s warranty limitations and demand satisfaction. You have statutory rights that cannot be denied, including reasonable quality (including on 2nd hand vehicles) and fitness for purpose. Also do not let the dealer palm you off and say you need to contact the manufacturer direct. Not true. Also don’t believe them when they say anything over $40000 not covered. Not true either. BTW too, the law covers services, not just goods.
Purchased in May 2012 at Audi Dealers for $29,000.00.
Love my little buzz box!
I do min 700km a week in my A1. It is great on fuel, super zippy and very stylish. I not only use it on tarred roads but also on dirt roads and it performs perfectly. It has nearly 100,000kms on it and I havent had a single problem with it yet.
Audi A1 Sold the Audi @ 3yrs
I am the lady who wrote the review with the heading 'Thinking about buying an Audi run in the opposite direction.
Well as soon as the Audi came out of warranty I sold it. The car was totally untrustworthy and the service centre were frustrated by my calls.
An e.g. of the cars performance is one time my son was taken by ambulance to hospital. I got a phone call and drove to the hospital and reversed parked in a car spot on an incline... all good. However when I put the car in drive to straighten up in the car spot the car went backwards. The...
Amazing car. Brilliant showroom.
After owning a number of VW Golfs and two Audi A3's, I realised that I never use the rear seats. So when I went shopping for my current new car, I decided I would buy a two door car and spend a little extra on nice things like leather seats and a sunroof.
After shopping around with Mercedes, BMW, Renault, Volvo, and Infiniti, I decided to buy an Audi A1.
I found a pre-owned Audi A1 at Audi Centre Gold Coast. It was perfect for me. It had only two doors but had four seats, decent size boot space, and all the premium features I wanted. Th...e A1 Ambition Competition Pack vehicle had upgrades including sport seats, branded floor mats, six speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power windows, power everything, cruise control, 10 speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone, SD card slots, MMI/iPhone cable, factory upgraded interior, sports exhaust, big wheels, low profile tyres, low KLMs, as-new inside and out, tinted windows, and more. It recently passed the Audi Inspection Programme and had a full Audi-original service history. It even had the bonus feature I was looking for - a huge sunroof. The showroom team at Audi Centre Gold Coast were awesome. Even when debating the price, they did what they could to answer every question and overcome every objection.
Great small car
Car is extremely reliable and ongoing costs (insurance, fuel, etc) are low, Audi first party services are very expensive - go to ultra tune or another independent mechanic who can provide a logbook service for less than half of the cost of Audi. Car drives like a dream, handles well and uses stuff all fuel. Minimal leg room in the rear.
Got this car a couple years ago, it drives and steers amazingly smoothly no surprise coming from a reputable brand like Audi! It's a great small car, easy to park and has an INCREDIBLE sound system. There's also parking sensors if you need them. It also comes with the stop/start feature if you wanted to save a bit of fuel as well!
Could not be happier
Bought in FEB 2015.white with black roof
Couldn't be happier , have not had any mechanical issues in three years, has been driven constantly in that time. Audi Artarmon have been professional and helpful each service we've had.Had only one issue with the air con filter which was resolved quickly. Down side for me is it is front wheel drive , has dark roof interior which feels a little crowding initially but passes with time.It's responsive, fuel efficient and fun to drive and I love driving it.
- 8X Sport (2010-2018)
- Verified purchase
So in love with my great little stunner
I am not much into cars, before buying the baby I have never test driven a new car, because they basically feel all the same to me. But my Audi totally changed everything. It is a great little, zippy, sexy car! It is a dream to drive! Only downside for me is the lack of Apple CarePlay
Audi A! - Chic City Car
The Audi A1 has power and ease. Turning, reversing and parking are simple. Brakes are responsive. Both the Automatic and the Manual have great pickup when passing another car. The interior package with individual Heating/Cooling keeps us both happy. The Internet features are easy to see and easy to use.
very cute outlook, saves petrol! if you don't have enough budget to buy a brand car but still thinking to get something started with, the A1 is the best choice. With small cars, the are easy to park and this car is suitable with ladies as it is easy drive.
I'll start with the bad. This car is steer by wire. Which means steering this thing is effortless especially at low speed like parking it. Why is this bad? When you drive a normal car after getting out of the A1 they feel like they don't have power steering and although the other car is new, it feels like an ancient car lol.
I've owned far more expensive cars than this and I can't believe how much tech is packed into this car for half what I paid for previously.
I get 700-800kms per full tank of 98 and 600km if I'm driving hard. 0-100 in ab...
Thinking of buying an Audi A1:@ Run in the opposite direction
As i sit on my couch drinking wine tonight... I ponder? Is having the four rings on the front of my car worth the stress. So the main engine computer in my Audi failed today... Yes the computer said no and Ooops there is no stock in Australia..... they just need to get it from Germany. ETA- "i don't know" hmmmm "maybe 2 weeks" They don't know if they can give me a relacement car, they will call me in the morning about that one.
I had to call the service centre 3 times today to get some information on what the hell is wrong with a one year o...
PERFECT CITY CAR
WHAT A FANTASTIC LITTLE CAR!
Whilst researching for a new car for my wife I read what seemed like a never ending amount of reviews praising the "class leader" Mazda 3 and decided to take one for a test drive. Having great expectations I came away mystified as to how a car with such great reviews could be so horrible - read boring, slow, noisy (in a bad way) and overpriced. So after we left the Mazda dealership for our trip home we passed an Audi dealership and saw a beautiful little A1 out front and my wife said "how about we just have a lo...ok what do we have to lose". Having never owned an Audi or any other German car I was a little sceptical at first but agreed. From the moment you walk into an Audi dealer you can feel the quality. We sat in the car and comparing to the Mazda it was like champagne and beer. We took the car for a drive and my wife instantly fell in love and the rest as they say is history. 60000km later the car is perfect and have had not one problem there is still no squeaks or rattles and the car is solid as a rock and as smooth to drive since the day we bought it. The DSG gearbox is still as smooth as silk such a wonderful piece of machinery. My wife does around 6litres/ 100km without using the stop start function. It also nice driving something a little less common and with a bit more character. Due to our kids growing up and needing more room we will be upgrading to a larger car very shortly, no guesses as to what it will be - Audi all the way they have won me for life
Excellent performance - excellent on fuel. Recently had a barrel problem on the steering wheel and Audi fixed it without hesitation. Have had to replace a broken windscreen previously - after 6 months from new, was more than $1,000 but covered by insurance. Transmission is a gem and much better than our A3. Would have no hesitation in getting another A1.
Magic machine nippy and very economical
This is a great little hot hatch. Very spirited and a nice exhaust noise albeit amplified. It has huge acceleration and the 7 speed TSG gearbox is so smooth. Sports mode is a buzz. Sure it isn't the largest car but I'm 191cm and I have great leg and headroom. Not much behind me but I didn't buy it for transporting the clan. I can fit my road bike in the boot easily with the front wheel off and the rear seats fold flat nicely. The car is also so quiet I the freeway at 100 and only uses around 5-6 l/100km. I get great economy from it as well as p...erformance. I did have some oil burning issues but an updated oil injector fix has eliminated this. My only issues are poor visibility from all rear view mirrors. Also if they had the option as other Audis do to auto drop the side mirrors in Reverse I would be in raptures. Great little car. Also wondering why Audi has gone to the 1.8 turbo instead of the 1.4 super and turbo charged engine??
worst car ever!
Had my audi a1 attraction 1.4 ltrs s tronic for 2.5 yrs bought brand new and it broke down 2 times in 5 days and now it is about to break down again. First time EPC light came on and audi parramatta " fixed" the issue due to sensor light. Picked up my car the next day then it broke down as epc light again. .artarmon fixed the valve parts and the water pump and all replaced under warranty. Oh parramatta was trying to find a loophole to void the warranty by blaming me for servicing my car 35k above and they are also trying to point the blame on t...he service centre where i took my car for 2nd service. Anyways all faults were parts faulty ones manufacturers stuff.. after i picked up my car from artarmon audi on the way home the coolant red light is coming up and oh boy.. one would think that these mechanics should be doing their job properly by checking those little things..coolant level etc..i probably have called road assisyance 20+ more in the span of 10 days.. anyways yesterday my car seems to lack that powerful force of wind that pushes it when i drive.. that force is gone! When i accelerate it doesnt seem to do the speed and after dricing 60 kms or more on sustained 70km speed.. my car throttled/grindrd/shaked and it felt like it was about to break down snd my engine will fall apart. Seems like once EPC problem is on all other problems come out .. one by one.. what a rubbish german product.
Audi A1 2011
We purchased a diesel A1 new from a Sydney dealer and have owned it for nearly 3 years and only done ~35,000km's. We chose it after a very poor experience with the MkVI VW Golf. We have had nothing but problems over the 3 years with the engine, electronics, gearbox and did I say engine again and again. We are ready to buy anything but a German vehicle i.e. back to Japanese or Korean for lower cost motoring and for less to go wrong. Customer service has been good but is about to be really tested with our latest issue.
Surprisingly poor in many ways
Drove it for 2 days as a loan car.
There are many smallish quirks that make me question the design quality.
When you sit in the drivers seal & rest your arms on the arm rests, you go "huh" because the arm rests are at different levels. Not a big issue, but really begs the thought "why did Audi choose to have different heights on purpose".
With the central arm rest on place (down so you can lean on it), the handbrake handle is covered & it's awkward to actually operate the handbrake.
Window up/down switches are on the driver's arm r...est. They are located towards the REAR of the arm rest. I can only just reach it with my elbow hitting the B pillar and/ur seat. If my forearm was longer, I'd not be able to do it while driving. Strange choice by Audi.
I had an A1 as a hire car from Europcar in Tasmania for a week in February 2013. Admittedly it was a five door model in white, which would have to be the blandest looking choice for this car (three door with contrasting paint over the roof rail looks best). I know it was way better than a Hyundai Getz I had the choice of for the trip but I was surprised by a few things: The gorgeous feeling leather steering wheel completely blocked vision of the three control stalks located on the steering column; the suspension and seats were very hard and un...comfortable (typical of Audi/VW products I appreciate); the S-Tronic transmission made the car feel quite dull and slow unless switched to its 'S' mode where things came alive (but also added to noisy revs and extra fuel consumption); the car had surprisingly loud wind noise from above the windscreen; tyre roar was also loud; the boot didn't fit my suitcase without folding both back seats down (these didn't seem to have a way of folding them flat); the Sat Nav screen and trip computer needed the instruction book to operate; and worst of all it simple didn't feel 'premium' in any way ... i.e. the interior upholstery felt 'practical' but not at all memorable or luxurious. I actually thought 'my' car was a base model for the first few days until I did an internet search and discovered that it was in fact the Ambition model (different alloy wheels and fog lights). It really seemed ordinary and forgettable. But this is a $40,000+ car on-road and should have made a tad more of a positive impression than this. Leather steering wheel felt good. Bland, poor ergonomics, didn't feel 'premium'
Questions & Answers
I’m thinking of buying a second hand 2013 Audi A1 attraction and just wondering what are others experiences with them. I don’t want to just sort with my money but it seems like a good deal.
I would choose another vehicle. They are very expensive to service and there are easier cars to live with on a daily basis.
how is he reliability of an audi a1 2015. have there been many gearbox computer issues?
I’ve not had any gearbox issues with my A1; no other issues. I’ve always had my cars serviced at the dealer.
Great I would do that too - thanks
I think that the gear box was an issue in prior year models (2011 is ringing a bell) but unsure which models although a mechanic told me my gear box was starting to slip a bit and the car was shuddering at low speed quite badly but it did not completely fail while i had it but please keep in mind I sold mine at 3 years and my car was the 2015 A1 diesel model not petrol if that makes a difference. And yes I only had it serviced at Audi. My main computer did fail at 2 years and this did take 2 weeks to replace as they had to get it from Germany and after they gave it back to me the injectors failed too. Apparently if the computer fails this causes the injectors to fail but they do not fix both at the one time they wait for the injectors to fail. This is scary as no lights come on on the dash the car just rolls backwards when you drive if you are on a hill which I was as no diesel was getting through. The car felt funny as it lacked power but only on a hill did it simply roll back.
Funnily enough every time something went wrong with my car is when I was on a hill ie at traffic lights with the brake on and when I would put my foot on the accelerator errors on the dash would light up or the car would not go. Hope you have better luck with yours kind regards S
|Transmission||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Manual||Manual||Dual-Clutch (DCT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||15" Alloy||16" Alloy||15" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.4 L/100km||5.4 L/100km||5.4 L/100km||5.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 L||45 L||45 L||45 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.0L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.8L|
|Max Power||70kW @ 5500rpm||90kW @ 5000rpm||90kW @ 5000rpm||141kW @ 5400rpm|
|Max Torque||160Nm @ 1500-3500rpm||200Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||200Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||250Nm @ 1250-5300rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Belgium||Belgium||Belgium||Belgium|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2010||Jan 2010||Jan 2010||Jan 2010|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2018||Dec 2018||Dec 2018||Dec 2018|
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