Audi A1 Leasing Guide | Car Leasing Guru

The Best Audi A1 To Lease Is:

The 25 TFSI S Line 5dr

The Best Alternative Audi A1 Is:

25 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic

25 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic

Or the 30 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic


Audi Brand – Market position and perception, competitive pricing and strong residual values.

Audi has some of the strongest residual values (RV’s) in the business based on its brand perception. Their only real weakness in this regard is spreading themselves too thin and adding additional models to their line-up with “mediocre” specification upgrades.

The ‘S Line’ model has a lot of meaningful specification over and above lower models in the range such as the ‘Sport’ and ‘Technik’. What Audi has done is find a nice sweet spot on the S Line where the interior and exterior specification provides a strong RV that is reflected in the 2nd hand market, thus making lease or ownership cost-effective over the course of its lifecycle.

We gave the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr an 8.1 / 10 in terms of value for money compared with other models in the range. This number is a pure mathematical equation, not our personal opinion.

So if you are searching for Audi A1 car leasing deals, cheap car leasing, or just general car leasing comparison, the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr we recommend is the best one to go for in terms of overall value for money.

We’ve only selected the models that we would actually recommend in this analysis, hence the limited number of options we’ve provided you. There are many more Audi A1 models to pick from.

See below for a detailed breakdown:

Car Leasing Guru Score

At Car Leasing Guru, We do not review vehicles, we look objectively in terms of value for money.

The Car Leasing Guru scoring system is based on the overall value a particular vehicle offers.

We do not single out specific terms and mileages, instead, we concentrate on the entirety of a lease over multiple terms and mileages to create an overall score.

This score is converted into a meaningful number between 0 and 10 so that you can better understand which vehicle offers the best value. I’ve included the definition for the category the Audi A1 sits in, as it got an 8.1 overall.

8.0 to 8.9:

Great – We enthusiastically recommend any vehicle in this category. Seriously impressive value for money; add it to a watchlist and compare against a few other vehicles.

Examples include:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Diesel Saloon – 2.2 JTDM-2 190 Speciale 4dr Auto (Score: 8.4)
  • Fiat 500 Hatchback – 1.2 Lounge 3dr (Score: 8.0)
  • Ford Focus Hatchback – 1.0 EcoBoost 125 ST-Line 5dr (Score: 8.3)
  • Nissan Qashqui Hatchback – 1.3 DiG-T N-Connecta 5dr (Score 8.9)

See other scores here:

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Engine & Gearbox

The current Audi A1 range comes with a 1.0 engine that produces 95PS on the ’25 TFSI’ models and 116PS on the ’30 TFSI’ models. Engine size and performance go up significantly when you jump into the ’35 TFSI’ models, with those getting a 1.5-litre engine and 150PS.

You have the option of both a 5 or 6-speed manual or the S Tronic automatic gearbox on most models.


There are seven specifications to choose from in the A1 range. The base model ‘Technik’ up to the ‘Vorsprung’. The mid-spec ‘S Line’ easily offers the best value for money when looking at the entire Audi A1 range.

The basic ‘Technik‘ model gets:

  • 15″ Alloys
  • LED front and rear lights (incl dynamic indicators)
  • MMI radio + 8.8″ touch screen
  • smartphone interface

The ‘Sport‘ model gets:

  • 16″ alloys
  • sports exterior styling
  • front sports seats
  • rear parking sensors
  • cruise control

The ‘S Line‘ model gets:

  • 17″ alloys
  • sports suspension
  • S Line exterior styling pack
  • LED interior light pack

The ‘S Line Competition‘ also gets

  • 17″ alloys (different colour to the S Line)
  • sports suspension with adjustable dampers
  • red brake callipers
  • grey door mirrors

The ‘S Line Contrast Edition‘ gets:

  • 18″ alloys
  • dark LED headlights
  • yellow exterior paint
  • contrast roof and mirror
  • black exterior styling pack

The ‘S Line Style Edition‘ gets:

  • 18″ alloys (different style to the Contrast Edition)
  • dark LED headlights
  • contrast roof and mirror
  • a black exterior styling pack
  • LED ambient light pack

The ‘Vorsprung‘ gets:

  • 18″ alloys (different colour to the Style Edition)
  • black stying pack
  • front seats in Alcantara/leatherette
  • MMI Navigation Plus
  • Audi’s Virtual Cockpit

Looking For The Cheapest Lease

Generally, we will always look for the smallest amount you would pay over the course of the lease, at the same time I will also look at how much value the cheapest lease actually offers you.

There is no point in Car Leasing Guru suggesting the cheapest possible lease if all you get is a steering wheel and a windscreen, especially when you might be able to pay £10 per month extra and get a significant increase in the specification, exterior design, engine performance or economy. In this instance that’s why we’ve picked the S Line model. It offers the most ‘value for money’ in our opinion.

On The Road (OTR) Price

There are a lot of different On The Road (OTR) prices that cover every spectrum of the Audi A1 lineup, but we are only looking for the absolute cream of the crop, which is why we have concentrated on the four best models in the range in terms of value for money.

You can see the OTR price for those four models below.

Audi A1 Price

Value For Money – Total Lease Cost

Let’s look at this objectively.

The cheapest of the four models we’ve selected costs; £21,220. This is the 25 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic.

The next model up is the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr which costs £21,330.

The Sport model has lower overall specification but comes with an automatic S Tronic gearbox. The S line comes with much better overall specification, but the example we’ve picked is a manual model. There is a £100 difference between the two vehicles.

Ok, well what does that mean?

You’ll notice that the cheapest OTR price is for the Sport model, but the cheapest overall lease is actually for the S Line (below). Even though the S Line is £100 more expensive.

The reason? Well, the S Line specification holds more “value” than an S Tronic automatic gearbox over the course of its life and is more desirable. Again, thinking objectively, the choice is between the convenience of not changing gears and lower spec OR changing gears yourself and gaining rear parking sensors, cruise control, a better-looking vehicle with the exterior styling pack, sports seats and suspension (to name but a few).

The point here is that you may think that you’ll be paying more overall because the vehicle is more expensive to buy, but I’ve proven that it’s not the case, and you can actually get a vehicle that’s more expensive with more specification for less than the cheapest model; just as long as you don’t mind changing gears…

As shown in the graph below.

Audi A1 Lease

The Maths Bit

Let’s look at this in a different way. I’m going to select two like-for-like vehicles, with the only difference being their specification. Everything else remains the same., including the S Tronic gearbox. You can then see how “value’ is assigned to that vehicle.

Example models:

On The Road

25 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic | £21,220


25 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic | £22,870

The difference in the On The Road Price = £1,650

Next, we’ll look at how much you would pay over a 2 year lease, doing 10,000 miles a year.

Total Lease Costs

25 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic | £6,949


25 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic | £7,607

The difference in the Total Lease Cost (over 2 years) = £658

Monthly payment: £658 / 24 months = £27.41

Lots of different numbers going on there, so let me explain.

What this tells us is that there is an OTR price difference of £1,650 between the two vehicles, but you would actually only be spending an additional £658 over the course of the lease.

This is because the S Line model has specification that adds value to the vehicle. £992 worth of value to be specific. (£1,650 – £658). This means that all those little bits such as exterior styling pack, cruise control, parking sensors etc, they are “worth” £992 at the end of a 2 year lease.

Not Convinced?

Let’s do the same exercise again, but this time we’ll take specification out of the equation, and only concentrate on the gearbox, a manual vs S Tronic. Everything else is the same.

On The Road

25 TFSI S Line 5dr Manual | £21,330


25 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic | £22,870

The difference in the On The Road Price = £1,540

Next, we’ll look at how much you would pay over a 2 year lease, doing 10,000 miles a year.

Total Lease Costs

25 TFSI S Line 5dr Manual | £6,937


25 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic | £7,607

The difference in the Total Lease Cost (over 2 years) = £670

Monthly payment: £670 / 24 months = £27.91

So, we have an OTR price difference of £1,540 between the two vehicles, and you would be spending an additional £670 over the course of the lease.

This is because the S Tronic gearbox doesn’t hold it’s value as well as the S Line specification. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty damn close but the S Line definitely holds more value than an S Tronic gearbox. Specifically, the S Tronic holds £870 (£1,540 – £670) worth of value compared with the S Line spec (£992).

I’m Talking To You Audi

Audi if you are reading this (and I doubt you are), you need to look at how your product portfolio is dissected, especially when you dilute your value proposition with specifications such as ‘Contrast and Style Editions’. These do not add significant RV increases which in turn make your percentage of list worse, therefore making them more expensive when it comes to the total cost of ownership, and total lease cost. If you continue with these models and want to create sub-brands within your specification line-up, you need to add meaningful specification upgrades. A contrast roof and door mirrors will add nothing to your RV, but I’m sure they cost you money to implement which you then pass onto the customer. All of which affects your percentage of list. I can see why you’ve done it, because of WLTP but my point still stands.

Percentage Of List

The ‘percentage of list’ is the difference between the capital cost (OTR price) and the Residual Value (RV). This shows, at a glance, exactly where value is attributed as a percentage. The lower the number, the better the percentage of list. This is usually a good indication of “value for money”.

Looking at the percentages within the graph below, you can see that they run at around 32% or so for a 2 year lease, up to 41% on a more realistic 3 year lease. This means you will be paying between 32% to 41% of the total value of that vehicle before you hand it back. You can pay substantially more depending on which model you pick.

Leasing companies normally don’t read the percentage of list in this way, they actually read it in the opposite way. They would say that the vehicle has 65% of its value left, not that someone would spend 35% of the vehicle’s value. This is because they want to know what the value of the vehicle is at the end of its lease and make any adjustments where necessary from a financial risk perspective. Just makes the calculation easier on their end.

The percentage can give you a good indication of “value” but it also needs to be double-checked against the ‘On The Road’ price. Otherwise, a Ferrari would look like good value for money if we didn’t double-check the overall price and only looked at the percentage of list…

*miles per annum (e.g. 24m / 20k = 40,000 miles)

Our Decision

Hopefully, the process outlined above gives you some indication on why we picked the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr over the other models.

It has the lowest percentage of list at 2 years (32.7%), and it also has one of the lowest overall costs over the course of a lease. If you pick a longer-term, the monthly payments would be less, because you are spreading the cost, but if you want to get the most value for money, then it is best to get the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr model.

Why The Difference In Price?

This is all to do with something called the Residual Value, or RV for short. This is a price that’s assigned to a vehicle at the end of its useable life. So from a leasing perspective, the end of its useable life is at the end of its term, because the leasing company is simply going to sell that vehicle, and it’s going to have another life with another customer. So the end of the useable life from a leasing perspective is essentially however long you lease that vehicle for, and they’re trying to understand the value at the end of the lease.

You will have to make the judgment on whether the 25 TFSI S Line 5dr model is worth it over the course of a 2 year lease compared with the rest of the line-up. For us, it is, but the decision rests with you.

Thank You!

This is just some basic analysis that will hopefully help you understand the value of an Audi A1 lease a little better. Remember to use our custom leasing system on the homepage to find out what you should be paying to lease this car, or send us an enquiry and we will answer any questions you have.

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