New Audi A1 Sportback

New Audi A1 Sportback

New Audi A1 Sportback


Audi’s smallest hatchback gains a new, grown-up look

Audi’s A1 proved a major success for the company, bringing Audi standards of interior design and material quality to the supermini sector. Now the second generation is bigger and more refined inside with all the street cred of its bigger siblings.

Audi A1 Models

Safety

All models have lane departure warning and Audi Pre-Sense with pedestrian/cyclist recognition to make life safer in urban streets; this can automatically initiate an emergency stop should it recognise a potential hazard. Park Assist and radar-guided cruise control are worthwhile options; specify the latter with automatic transmission and it can bring the A1 Sportback to a halt in stop-start traffic before smoothly moving off again.


Design

Audi’s original A1 was often described as ‘cute’ and perhaps the new A1 Sportback has lost a little of that character in growing up. By way of compensation, there’s more space inside – and it’s still a great-looking car. It’s available in five-door form only and offers 43mm extra shoulder room and 28mm more elbow room within a longer, lower body. At the front, Audi’s distinctive singleframe grille has a hexagonal-pattern mesh flanking the familiar four interlocking rings, with three air intakes just below the bonnet apparently inspired by the original Audi Sport quattro. Full LED headlights are standard across the range. Inside, the lines are clean and uncluttered with most functions controlled by MMI infotainment touchscreen rather than buttons.

Technology

Three trim levels are offered, starting with SE which offers LED headlights, Audi Smartphone Interface, electric heated mirrors, multifunction steering wheel and fully digital instrument cluster as standard. Move up to Sport for cloth sports seats, 16-inch ‘Turbine’ alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Top trim level is S line which adds 17-inch 5 twin-spoke alloys, sports suspension, bodykit and Delta cloth seats. Flagship models also get the larger 10.1-inch display. Optional kit includes wireless phone charging, a Bang & Olufsen stereo and Audi’s MMI navigation plus system, which bundles social media

access, live traffic updates and Google Earth into the infotainment system.

Performance

Audi’s new naming system for its engines means that the 30 TFSI is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 116bhp, driving the front wheels. Transmissions are either a six-speed manual or seven speed S Tronic auto. The 30 TFSI returns 58.9mpg and 108g/km on the new WLTP emissions test cycle, while recording 9.5 seconds for the benchmark 0-62mph sprint. The 30 TFSI is the only engine offered at launch, though a lower-powered 25 TFSI with 98bhp, a 35 TFSI with 148bhp and a 197bhp 40 TFSI will join the range later. No diesel engines are planned.




Verdict: the new A1 Sportback has matured into a great-looking supermini hatchback that can usefully accommodate four adults, with more luggage space as well. Audi’s interiors are still a class apart and it’s well-equipped as standard, with plenty more technology in the options and package lists. It’s the lowest-price way to get into a brand new Audi, and the good news is it doesn’t feel like you’re economising on quality.

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