Despite intense competition from the likes of the Citroen DS3, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, the Audi A1 has earned the honor of being named the ‘Best Luxury Small Car of 2012’ by CarBuyer’s panel of road testers and reviewers (www.carbuyer.co.uk) .
The judges highlighted that the A1’s “sleek good looks and an incredibly upmarket cabin are at the heart of the Audi's appeal, while its impeccable build quality is second to none. What's more, the arrival of the more versatile five-door Sportback version means the A1 is now as practical as it is desirable. On this evidence, it's going to take something very special to knock the Audi off the top step of the podium in 2013.”
Martin Sander, Director of Audi UK, commented “It gives me great pleasure to be accepting a second award for the A1 this year, which is also its second consecutive CarBuyer award. The fact that the A1 is continuing to win awards and defending the titles it won last year shows its enduring appeal.” The award was presented to Mr Sander by CarBuyer’s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Fowler, on the Audi stand at the Geneva Motor Show.
Sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Polo, the subcompact from the Ingolstadt-based automaker is powered by a 122bhp 1.4L petrol TSI engine with the 185 bhp 1.4L ‘Twincharger’ as the top-of-the-range model.