Exactly how you might expect a well-designed premium European hatchback to look. The curves from the first-generation A1 are gone and sharp design elements abound, starting up front with the headlights and LED DRLs, book-ending the big grille. It’s a sharper and more athletic looking car, and for mine, it puts the bigger A3 hatch in the shade.
There are various metallic paint finishes on offer, but my test car was dressed in Python Yellow and topped with a contrasting black roof. While the yellow would not be my first (or second) choice, the contrasting roof colour ($890 option) is worth considering.
The interior fit-out is spot on, too, with a continuation of the angular design used on the exterior. It’s clean, stylish and functional. The touchscreen is neatly ensconced in the dash and angled towards to the driver, too. While there are various hard plastics used throughout, the fit and finish delivers on the premium promise.