Audi's new A1 supermini has gone on sale in the UK today, priced from £13,114 for a 1.2 TFSI trim model and the top of the range model will set you back a cool £18,280 for the 1.4 TFSI auto. Which means it more expensive than the class leading Mini.

The A! will be available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and the flaghsip S Line editions. Basic SE models come with start-stop, 15-inch alloys, six-speaker CD Player with MP3 compatibility, voice control, a 6.5in multimedia screen, cloth seats, air-con, electric front windows and door mirrors, ESP, remote locking and six airbags.

Climb to Sport spec, and you’ll upgrade to 16in alloys, sports suspension (rarely a good idea in our view), Bluetooth phone spec, sports seats, trip computer and various flashes of alloy and piano black trim, front foglights and a polished tailpipe.

Maximum S line A1s add 17in alloys shod with 215/40 R17 rubber, even harder suspension, part-leather upholstery and multi-function steering wheel, black headlining, high-gloss radiator grille, sports bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser and a rear spoiler.

At launch, Audi is offering a 1.2 TFSI and 1.4 TFSI petrols with 85bhp or 120bhp, and a solitary 1.6 TDI diesel with 104bhp. The 1.4 petrol can be had with S-tronic seven-speed twin-clutch transmission for £1420. Ouch.

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