Sales figuresNewsinsightManufacturernewsFuelpricesRemarketinganalysisNews digestCar RecruitmentreviewsOur fleet Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 185 S LineAudi looks to the skies for A1's interior styling By Sarah ToozeFor job-need drivers that spend more time behind the wheel than in the office a car's interior really matters. And if it's sophisticated styling they are looking for with a premium feel then the A1 fits the bill nicely. The top of the range S line we're testing uses high quality materials with leather and cloth combina-tion seats (standard on this model). The soft touch plastic looks and feels expensive.Audi says it has taken inspiration from an aircraft for the A1's interior styling. The most distinctive feature is the four circular air nozzles (see image) which Audi says are based on a jet engine turbine. The speedometer and rev counter are black with red needles, giving a sporty feel. Those features aside, the A1 could be accused of having a bland interior, particularly in comparison to the 'funky' interiors of the Fiat 500 and the A1's main rival the Mini. However, going for a classy look rather than a fun one is in keeping with the A1's premium qualities. The level of technology available is impressive. The state-of-the-art infotainment and multimedia systems are borrowed from the A8 luxury saloon.The model we're testing has a Bose surround system (for £690) with 14 speakers and a subwoofer. One noticeable feature is the edges of the woofers in the doors light up at night time. A DAB digital radio is also specified for £305. Drivers can still get a decent system without paying extra, though, as a six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity and a retractable 6.5-inch display is standard on all A1s.The A1 also has a pretty sophisticated sat-nav (which is available as part of a technology pack for £1,375). There's a mind boggling number of settings which have had me reaching for the manual. Perhaps the most surprising feature about the A1 is that underneath its expensive look and feel it shares the same platform as the VW Polo. Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 185 S LineCost P11D price £20,516BIK tax band 17%Class 1A NIC £481Annual VED £115RV £6,475Running cost 34.02ppmCurrent mileage 3,100Test mpg 39.5SpecificationEngine (cc) 1,390Power (bhp/rpm) 185/6,200Torque (lb/ft) 184/2000CO2 (g/km) 139Official mpg 47.9Max speed 1410-62mph (sec) 6.9* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (4yr/80k)
Our fleet Kia Sportage 2 1.7 CRDi 2WDThere's more to Kia's Sportage than its looksKia Sportage 2 1.7 CRDi 2WDCost P11D price £20,425BIK tax band 20%Class 1A NIC £564Annual VED £115RV £5,200Running cost 35.64ppmCurrent mileage 10,535Test mpg 46.3SpecificationEngine (cc) 1,685Power (bhp/rpm) 114/4,000Torque (lb/ft) 192/1,250CO2 135Official mpg 54.3Max speed (mph) 1070-62 (sec) 11.9* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (4yr/80k)By Gareth RobertsThe Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi is coming to the end of its time here. It will be sorely missed.It's continued to deliver a stress-free driving experience during the 10,000 miles I've clocked up, both on the motorway and in town.While I admit I was immediately persuaded by its imposing grill and large sweptback head-lamps, being smitten by the handy work of German designer Peter Schreyer, who designed the original Audi TT coupé, was never going to be enough to win it a place on the nation's fleets.However, there's been more to this car than a pretty façade, with fuel economy and emissions that continue to impress.At 135g/km and achieving 46.3mpg, against a claimed combined of 54.3mpg, it has compared well to one of its closest rivals, the Nissan Qashqai, which boasts a claimed combined of 57.6mpg and emissions of 130g/km on its entry-level 1.5 dCi 2WD Pure Drive.As an SUV it was also going to be roomy, but the Sportage really does seat five people in comfort, while not compromising its boot space of 564 litres. But given its high riding stance it has always surprised me how it actually drives like a much smaller car with plenty of grip and a composed ride.Its Korean makers really have found a winning a formula with the Sportage, but before I get accused of gushing praise, was there anything that Kia could do better?Yes there was: the sunroof which can only be described as noisy. On first driving the car, the sound of air rushing in through a closed sunroof saw the vehicle returned to the manufacturer. But on its return, while the volume level had depleted, the problem persisted.Nevertheless, the pros easily outweigh the cons where the Sportage is concerned and you can always choose not to have a sunroof fitted.