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"as well as less noise, there's plenty of fun to be had with the diminutive eco-box"

"as well as less noise, there's plenty of fun to be had with the diminutive eco-box"

What's it like?

It's an Audi, so pretty much as you'd expect - very nice indeed. The switchgear feels solid enough to give you confidence that it'll happily outlast your stewardship of the car. It feels strong enough that children will even have a tough time reducing it to its constituent parts. Which is a bonus.

The engine is this particular A1's party piece - it still manages to produce a perky 105bhp while only emitting 99g/km and achieving over 70mpg. There is a tiny problem with it, though: it sounds like a tractor. For farmers this may appeal, but if you work in, say, music starting up won't be the best part of your day. Thankfully, when you're on the move and the engine warms a little the din becomes less harsh.

As well as less noise, there's plenty of fun to be had with the diminutive eco-box. Yes, it takes a while to build up a bit of pace, but keep the momentum going and you can merrily bounce the car from bend to bend. It's one of the least appropriate speed machines out there, but that's part of its charm.

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