Why The Audi A1 185 Is Almost The Best Hot Hatch Everyone’s Forgotten About

The Audi A1 185 is let down by it’s steering which doesn’t fit with the more expensive engine than the lower powered 1.4, but look later in the year for 4 wheel drive S1 version if you want more driving dynamics.

After recently driving the new Mini Cooper S and being much less impressed with it than the rest of the Car Throttle team (CT editor Alexs video review is coming soon), I was determined to find a better alternative.

Sure, if you’re willing to compromise a little on premium quality and badge snobbery there are cars like the excellent Ford Fiesta ST, but what if thats not an option? Audis A1 in 182bhp (185ps) 1.4-litre TFSI form seems to fit the bill nicely. With a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds its about as fast as the Mini, and also comes from a swanky brand.

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Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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