2020 Audi A1 1.0 Sportback Review | Owner’s Perspective

I review the 2020 Audi A1 1.0 Sportback, which belongs to Marcus. I ask him the usual questions about the A1 (what he likes about it, what he doesn’t like about it etc.) to give you a better understanding of what an owner thinks about his car.

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Hey what’s up guys Syed here

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And today I am in the 2020 Audi A1 ok

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And beside me the owner

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Marcus, he’s here with us today. Thanks for letting me drive your car, your brand new car

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So ya just to give you guys some context about this car

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This is the 2020 Audi A1

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It comes with a 1 litre, 3 cylinder engine

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About 114 horsepower if i’m correct

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And about 200 Nm of torque

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This also has the 7 speed DCT

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And it’s front wheel drive

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ok so ya that’s abit about the car, so i’m gonna go on straight to the questions

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so Marcus, first question – out of all the cars available on the market, why did you choose to get this car

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number 1, and why did you choose to buy a brand new car instead a used car

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ah okay

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well i was in the market for a car that is good on mileage

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because i travel a long distance from work to home

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So automatically I thought of getting a lower capacity car

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Such as the Kia Stonic, Seat Ibiza

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All the 1 litre turbo cars

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And the Volkswagen Polo as well

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And since all the car manufacturers/showrooms are at the same area

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I decided to visit Audi since my previous car was also an Audi

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Which Audis were u driving before this?

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Uh previously i was driving an Audi S3

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and before that was a TT

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“nice”

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(laughs)

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just thought of popping in to take a look lah

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so at the showroom

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they seduced you with their

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Suddenly i saw this A1

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Which was brand new. At that point of time they don’t have any marketing materials for it also

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So just launched?

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Ya just launched so it was on the pricelist, that’s about it

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So i looked at it from the inside out, looks fantastic

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Eye-catching, i think it was Audi’s new design language?

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Very angular, ya correct

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Ya so quite refreshing, and it also comes with the Virtual Cockpit and Audi MMI system

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As standard right u were saying?

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Ya standard, that’s quite impressive you know

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Ya, and the fuel economy is great

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Ok maybe we’ll get to the fuel economy later on

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Why i didn’t consider a 2nd hand car was because

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previous 2 cars were 2nd hand cars and high mileage

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Just wanted to try, what’s the feeling of buying a new car

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ok fair enough

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Do u mind sharing how much u paid for it and stuff like that

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u got it 4 months ago correct?

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yes 4 months ago

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so right now i saw online, the car is retailing at about 130 something

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136k if i’m correct

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so do u mind sharing how much u paid for it back then?

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the launch price was 131k-ish, can’t exactly remember

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but after overtrade deals (Audi s3)

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i mean they took it in at quite a high value

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if u trade in a car, the price goes down to $109,999

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ok, but you have to trade in your car lah

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so your trade in price was about 21k lah basically

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ya

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So you’ve owned the car for 4 months, i think abit too early for me to ask you what’s the ownership experience like,

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ya.. but you know just for the sake of asking

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how has it been like for the past 4 months?

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ya i mean for a car that only has a 40 litre tank of fuel

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that’s very small, “ya very small”

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but it’s very economical, on a full tank i can run

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i mean not with just lightly pressing the throttle

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just going about my day normally

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i can get about 630 km per full tank at 40 litres

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so i think that’s quite fantastic

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so your fuel consumption, because like on paper this car is supposed to do 18/18.5 km/l

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“ya on paper”

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in real life how much are u getting roughly

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i would say a good average of about 14/15 km per litre

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ok that’s not too far off lah

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ya

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and you are doing mostly highways or..?

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mix of 50 highway 50 city

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so if the camera angle right now looks abit weird or abit different, i do apologise

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because my gopro had some issue

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so back to the review

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Marcus, do u mind sharing what you like about your Audi A1?

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ya okay so when i took a look at it, the first thing was the interior

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the interior is much bigger than the previous generation, more usable space

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u really can fit 3 adults behind with no issues

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so this seat is in my original driver’s position

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i have slightly more than 1 knuckle of leg room as u can see here

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there’s a transmission tunnel

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and i have abit of headroom as well

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and also the 1 litre turbo engine paired up with the 7 speed gearbox

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ya the dual clutch gearbox

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feels much punchier than the numbers suggest

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so when i took it for a test drive, it felt lively

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and the steering is nice and light, i mean u can also control that with the

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various audi drive select modes, u can have it in heavier

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or lighter, ya

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ya the steering wheel, now that u mentioned it

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the leather and the ergonomics is quite good

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but of course the first thing that caught my eye was the exterior

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the exterior of this car looks fantastic

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yup agree, much better than the previous A1

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i wouldn’t say better, its just very aggressive

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yes correct correct

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ya i like the way this car looks

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really very aggressive

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and the interior also like u mentioned, very..got abit of character ah

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the yellow and black, angular, sharp and just the materials and everything. for entry level, it’s really ya fantastic

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ok so next what do you dislike about your Audi A1?

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ok first thing i can think of is the price

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it’s definitely pricier than similar rivals such as the volkswagen polo, kia stonic, and also the seat ibiza

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so this will be a pricier option

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in a way you’re paying for the brand also

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ya the brand is one thing

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and also as compared to its competitors

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i think the built quality of this is great, everything is laid out very nicely

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switches are very responsive, very tactile

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even the touchscreen which Audi uses for this car

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feels like a handphone touchscreen

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so it’s very responsive (handphone drops)

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and the display is very sharp also i have to say

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ya even this one (virtual cockpit) is quite sharp

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ya but i think this one is abit sharper

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so it’s quite anti-glare as well the way they made it

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and everything is facing towards you

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driver oriented

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ya that’s another thing – like u pointed out the driver orientation

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of the switches, the knobs is somewhat like the

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sports version of the audi lineup like the Audi tt and the R8

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and also 1 thing just driving this car around for the past few minutes, i don’t feel like i’m driving a small car

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do u feel the same way or not?

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“oh yes yes”, for me it doesn’t feel like a small car i dont know why

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maybe it’s because of how quiet it is and how surefooted it is

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but it doesn’t feel like a small car – pros and cons

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sometimes u dont feel as nimble

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around tight traffic lah, but i mean it’s a larger car than before

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more sedate cruiser, punchy when u need it

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ok dont mind ah i just try

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ya no problem

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ok so now we are (starts revving before finishing sentence)

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flooring the car in just normal mode i think

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ya it’s actually very punchy

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(laughs) for a 1 litre, 3 cylinder.. 2 adults in the car, ya

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its not sluggish at all

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there is power when u need it for overtaking for sure

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and this is just in auto or comfort mode right, ya auto mode

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havent even go to like dynamic mode yet, which is Audi’s sports mode

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are there any comments you have for people who are looking to get this car or considering this car?

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okay if u are looking for a

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nice, practical, all-rounder, stylish

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ya stylish.. and u want your car to be unique looking and stylish.. this is the car to get

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ya i agree with u

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so i mean just for me personally

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i think how i would describe this car is stylish la number 1,

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the exterior and interior, like got alot of character

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abit like a..

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i wont say mini cooper, but it gives off that same kind of character, same kind of vibe

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ya that kind of vibe but in a different package

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for an entry level continental car

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it’s very very good. The interior, the materials, the virtual cockpit, the Audi MMI

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the performance.. it’s really… i think u cant ask for more lah

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i mean for me personally maybe 1 litre 4 cylinder would be nice

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because, you know 3 cylinders usually have this vibration at idle

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so i feel it abit with this car as well.. definitely

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it’s inherent in all 3 cylinder motors

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so i think if it were the 4 cylinder,

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even though it’s 1+ litre, i think it just adds on to the feel

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so the 4 cylinder versions they have would be the 1.5 ones

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and the 2 litre ones which is not available in Singapore

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ok so ya i think that’s about it for this review

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so ya Marcus thanks so much for letting me drive your car… “no problem!”

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really appreciate it

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let me know what u think about this review, do leave a comment down below

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do subscribe if u haven’t, and thanks so much for watching, i’ll see u guys in the next review

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