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Audi A1 Ambition (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2011

The Ambition is the sporty one among Audi’s new A1 duo, the other being the cheaper (by $2,750) Attraction.

A feisty, fun and frugal (on fuel) offering, it has much in common with the VW Polo (90 kW 200 Nm engine, architecture, etc), but the Audi badge comes at a premium.

Handling is agile, steering quick and ride firm. Our test car came with standard 6-speed manual gearbox, which impressed with its smooth shifts and well-placed ratios. A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) is optional. Space and comfort is biased towards driver and one passenger, with the rear seating cramped. A five door version – due for release later in 2011 - should redress this somewhat.

Audi A1 Ambition 2011


Performance, handling


Costly options, rear headroom tight

Key features

Sports suspension, 16” alloys, remote central locking, immobiliser, sports seats, CD player with 8 speakers and auxiliary input, MP3 compatibility


Front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC

Car Details

Vehicle make Audi
Vehicle model A1 Ambition
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $32,650 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.4-litre, turbo petrol, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.