2020 Audi A1 Sportback 30 TFSI (car review)

THE 2020 Audi A1 30 TFSI screams city chic. This compact car is stunning, practical and can get you where you need to be, thanks to its turbocharged direct injection 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, that generates 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

Now before you feel a little disappointed by the power plant, remember that it has a kerb weight of just 1,125kg and can zip its way to the 100km/h mark in 9.4 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 203km/h.

That translates to a quick little hatch that offers dreamy handling, especially out on the open road. Picture cruising down south, windows down, taking in the beautiful views. It’s a genuinely fun vehicle to drive, even if it sounds a little like a diesel at idle.

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Once it gets going though, it sounds grunty, and sure, it won’t win any street races, but if that’s what you’re after, the Audi A1 30 TFSI is actually not for you. Fuel economy on the entry level Audi averages an impressive 5.4 to 6.4-litres/100km.

It hits the road at a fairly impressive price point too, with the range kicking off at $32,350 plus on-roads. And for your money, you can choose any one of nine colours, including the Tioman Green of our test car.

Alternatively, there’s Python Yellow Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Manhattan Grey Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Firmament Blue Metallic, Cortina White or Arrow Grey Pearl Effect.

It rides on 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, but you can up these to one of two 17-inch offerings, if you’re keen for something different. You’ll need to add the Style Package to get there, but it also adds electric folding mirrors and LED head and tail lights.

Two different cloth fabrics are available for the interior, each being the default for certain exterior colours, but you can opt to change them around. They’re manually adjustable, although you can optionally add heating.

There’s an optional interior lighting package too. There’s that word again, optional. There’s a bit of that going on with the Audi A1, optional bits, that while making your 30 TFSI hatch look unique and cool, come at price.

All those optional bits aside, even in standard form, it does have a luxury feel to the inside, with its iconic driver focused digital instrument cluster that makes you feel a little like a grand prix driver.

All that is complemented by a leather steering wheel with all the usual buttons to control things like volume, music selector and Bluetooth phone calls, making for a pretty convenient driving experience.

Back to those seats though, we have to call out how uncomfortable they are, especially after a long drive. We found ourselves feeling a little like we’d been sitting on a park bench, rather than behind the wheel of a shiny new Audi.

One thing the 2020 Audi A1 30 TFSI is though is compact, or should we say cosy. There’s not a tonne of rear head or leg room, and it’s smaller than some of its direct competitors for boot space and overall cabin space.

Let’s just say you’re not going to throw your 180cm tall brother or sister in the back, but if you have pre-teen kids, it’s probably pretty suitable. Boot space is good if you’re single, but if you’ve got a young family, it’s pretty snug.

You’ll need to use the key to start it, which is a subtle reminder that this is a base model, if cloth seats weren’t enough to jog that, but there’s plenty of technology bundled up inside this little hatch to make it worth your while.

For one, the exterior mirrors are heated, and there’s an MMI Radio Plus infotainment system that sports DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 6-speaker sound system.

It’s packed with safety too, with hill hold assist, ‘city’ autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a rear view camera.

The 2020 Audi A1 30 TFSI comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty too.

Our test vehicle was provided by Audi Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Audi A1 30 TFSI, contact your local Audi dealer. Pictures courtesy of Cameron Cooke Photography.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros – stylish exterior looks; great first car; digital instrument cluster.
Cons – seat comfort; loud idle; not really family friendly.
Courtney Lorking
Courtney Lorking
Courtney has a passion for cars, having began her working life as a mechanic and then moved on to other roles within the automotive industry. She's the author of the book Love Yourself First, Mumma and a proud single mum.


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<strong>Pros –</strong> stylish exterior looks; great first car; digital instrument cluster.<br> <strong>Cons –</strong> seat comfort; loud idle; not really family friendly.2020 Audi A1 Sportback 30 TFSI (car review)