The Audi S1 was Audi’s smallest S model car and a performance version of the Audi A1. The first variant (Typ 8X, produced from 2014 to 2018) has 228 hp (231 PS / 170 kW) derived from the Volkswagen group’s EA888 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, and on-demand Haldex Quattro four-wheel-drive.
The S1 is certainly one of Audi’s most recent offerings because it’s quick and enjoyable to drive. The S1 isn’t a direct competitor to any of the competitors because it blends large high-performance hot hatches (and cost) with a compact footprint for a hot hatch, but it’s an enjoyable car to suggest. The performance is fantastic. However, it’s not with the cost of traction because the S1 utilizes Quattro all-wheel drive, which is standard on the majority of Audi’s S models.
This doesn’t come at the cost of ease of use either, as the S1 is driven at a slower speed. The S1 is one of the quieter and more comfortable choices within its class, with a minimal amount of wind and road noise and an easy ride. Although the current-generation A1 is currently a seven-year-old car both inside and out, its interior is so simple and carefully thought-out design that it’s not ever really changed. It’s also available as an all-door vehicle (most competitors require one or two doors; however, only a few of them offer both). It’s surprisingly practical, too. Other options in this category are more thrilling, but none offer a range of features like the S1.
Performance and 0-60mph time
It comes with four-wheel drive, and an enormous amount of torque – 273lb-ft in the range between 3000 and 1600rpm; the S1 is extremely fast from the start. It can reach the speed of 62mph in 5.8 seconds which is faster than most hot hatches in the same class.
The maximum speed is electronically restricted to the speed of 155mph. Together with the unstoppable performance of the Quattro four-wheel-drive system, which delivers torque, it gives the S1 an impressive point-to-point speed. Four-wheel drive and an enormous amount of torque – 273lb-ft in the range between 3000 and 1600rpm, the S1 is extremely fast from the start. It can reach the speed of 62mph in 5.8 seconds which is faster than most hot hatches in the same class.
Audi S1 interior and tech
The cabin quality is impressive for a small hatchback, although the interior is very dour without the interior styling pack. The switchgear is showing its age, especially because Audi has introduced newer models, like the A4 (now featuring cool features such as The Virtual Cockpit display), but the overall quality is excellent, and the overall design performs well. Audi kept it easy with the A1 and S1’s interior. The infotainment system may seem a bit old; however, its graphics are clunky, and the sat-nav is somewhat sluggish. Space in the rear seats is not enough for adults. However, with the option of five doors, it is much more suitable for families than a lot of small hot hatchbacks.