Considering Americans don’t buy small luxury cars, it’s no surprise that Audi doesn’t sell its little A1 in our market.
When we first drove the tiny Audi S1 almost six years ago, we called it the ultimate subcompact. Last year, we were unhappy to learn that the company decided not to develop a direct replacement. To make an S1 feasible, Audi would have needed its sister brands’ cooperation, and Volkswagen and SEAT decided to skip a hypothetical Polo R and Cupra Ibiza. But Audi promised us the top-of-the-line A1 wouldn’t disappoint us, even if it no longer wore S1 badges.
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