Like the A1 supermini it is based on, the S1 delivers plenty for such a small car.
The ‘S’ badge marks the model as a high-performance version of its sibling which one look at the body will confirm. Details that wouldn’t seem out of place on a track car are evident across the exterior.
Enquire with any of Jardine Motors Audi’s UK showrooms to scrutinise every inch of the S1 3 Door. One of our sales advisers can accompany you during a test drive as you sample the feeling of being at the wheel.
The model’s list of safety equipment is as impressive as its on-board technology. Adaptive brake lights warn following motorists in emergency braking situations.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) will support you during testing circumstances such as this by taking direct action to prevent any loss of control and maintain traction.
Rest assured that if an incident does occur you are well protected by a comprehensive airbag system and the car’s reinforced body.
Short overhangs and a crouched posture add up to small dimensions for the S1.
Meanwhile the trapezium grille and folded body panels are carried over from the A1.
Distinguishing the S1 are dual-branch oval twin tailpipes and an S-design body kit featuring a bespoke spoiler.
S1 badging is seen on the grille and also adorns the black brake callipers. Adjustable door mirrors with an aluminium finish are a subtle touch of extravagance.
The exterior theme carries into the cabin where stainless steel pedals accompany aluminium door inlays with the S1 logo.
The same lightweight material has been used for trim on the control switches, glove compartment and door handles. A softer leather upholstery coats the three-spoke sports multifunction steering wheel. Dark cloth and leather also combine on the seats and contrast with a vibrant red stitching.
Access to the rear bench is surprisingly easy for passengers, and you can split and fold these seats if extra storage space is needed.
The S1’s sole engine choice is a tuned 2.0-litre TFSI and the only unit you need to maximise the enjoyment of any trip.
The powertrain produces 228bhp plus 370Nm of maximum torque which propels it to 60mph from standing in under six seconds.
The automatic start/stop system shuts the engine off when you sit idle in
traffic to boost the car’s fuel economy. Up to 40.4mpg combined is possible
from this rapid mover.
One trim exists – S1 – but it fits a wide variety of equipment in the cabin. The MMI screen informs you of audio playback details, navigation prompts and more at a quick glance.
Straightforward usability is also a strength of the Bluetooth ® telephone interface with voice controls. You are always in charge of entertainment in the S1, as the SD card reader and Audi Music Interface (AMI) accept external media sources. You can always turn to the DAB digital radio for travel news broadcast clearly into the car.