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New Hot Hatch? 7 Reasons Why You'll Love The Audi S1

If someone asked you what the world's best hot hatch is, you might tell them it's the VW Golf GTi. After all; it was THE original one and has been since the 1970s! Today, of course, there are scores of hot hatches that you can buy from different marques.

Audi, as you know, is part of the Volkswagen group of companies. The premium car maker wants to get a slice of the hot hatch pie in 2016. What they've come up with is the S1, a high-performance version of their A1 hatchback.

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But, is it enough of a hot hatch to tempt people away from cars like the Golf GTi and the Focus RS, for example? The following seven reasons are quite compelling. And I think they'll also make you fall in love with the car!

1. It's a premium hot hatch

Some hot hatches may have a powerful engine but the interior of the vehicles feel sparse. In fact, they may as well be stripped out race cars! One of the selling points of the Audi S1 is that it has a distinctly premium feel and build quality to the interior. The exterior and engine components also boast a strong build quality.

2. Available in three and five-door formats

There is a growing trend these days of hot hatches only having five doors. Examples include the new Ford Focus RS and the Renault Clio Renaultsport. The good news with the Audi S1 is you can get it in three or five-door formats.

3. It has an engine that packs a punch

The heart of the Audi S1 is the 2.0-litre TFSI powerplant. It comes out the factory with 227 brake horsepower as standard. It will also propel you from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds! No-one can ever claim that the Audi S1 is a slouch from a standing start!

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4. They are easy to buy

Some hot hatches are notoriously difficult to buy in new or used guise. Thankfully, the Audi S1 isn't such a vehicle. Because of its popularity, Audi has ensured that buyers can own one sooner rather than later. That means you can start enjoying the car in a matter of hours if you wish!

5. New models are available with a plethora of options

Let's face it. When we buy brand new cars, we want to make them unique to our tastes and needs. Did you know you can use the online Audi configurator tool to make that possible? All you do is select the options you want. You'll see a graphical representation of your new build on the screen. So, if you wanted bigger wheels or some extra luxury, it's all just a click away.

6. It's got as much pulling power as a Porsche

You might not know it, but the car's got as much torque as a Porsche Cayman! Aside from horsepower, torque is a real measure of performance on a car. The more torque an engine has, the quicker it can do things.

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7. It's more fun to drive than a MINI

Okay, I'm probably going to get shot down in flames by MINI enthusiasts here. But, having driven various MINIs and the Audi S1, I can confirm the latter is more fun to drive! Don't just take my word for it; get behind the wheel of an S1 and see for yourself!

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n terms of fuel consumption, I notice that average fuel consumption in city drive is 12 L/100 kilometer which is indicated on the instrument panel, that is equivalent to 8.3 km/liter fuel economy and will keep on increasing depending on the traffic situation but I have noticed that it is more economical to use the drive move instead of sports mode.

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