A Sportback form gives the S1 five doors rather than three, and therefore simple access for rear passengers.
The extra openings don’t harm the car’s compact dimensions which so many motorists value. They also choose the S1 first for its nimble ride and forceful acceleration.
You can experience this driving dynamic through a test drive from Jardine Motors Audi. Speak to the team at any of our UK showrooms for full details and to book in for a test drive at the next available date.
A reassuring selection of active and passive safety equipment in the S1 guards you from danger. Audi’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is firmly established as a leading suite of technology which automatically adjusts the car’s output to prevent an accident.
Other supporting applications include the tyre pressure monitor which tells you when the air pressure drops to a dangerous level. In the cabin there are driver, front passenger, front side and head airbags alongside sturdy ISOFIX child seat mountings.
Small and stunning, the S1 Sportback offers everything a great hot hatch should. The vehicle stoops low to the road over 17-inch S-design alloy wheels. Behind them sit black brake callipers finished with the familiar ‘S1’ logo on the front.
Also housed at the leading end are Xenon Plus headlights which incorporate LED daytime running lights.
At the opposite end is an S spoiler perched above dual-branch oval twin tailpipes. The polished finish of the tailpipes reflects the graceful theme inside the S1 Sportback.
Here there is no shortage of first-rate materials. The pedals are stainless steel while the three-spoke steering wheel is finished with perforated leather.
A high-gloss S1 badge on the wheel is echoed by high-gloss air vents.
In the front your seat combines black cloth and leather upholstery with bold red stitching.
The bench in the back is also leather and can be folded down to carry longer items in the boot.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system directs 228bhp and 370Nm of torque to both of the S1 Sportback’s axels.
A six-speed manual gearbox manages this transfer of power to help it hit 60mph from zero in less than six seconds. As you move up through the gears and take on twisting roads the car feels assured and poised beneath you.
S sports suspension and a progressive steering set-up maintain agility and responsive handling.
Moments when you are cruising in the five-door are the perfect time to interact with the on-board technology.
Before setting off an MP3 player or other device can be connected to the vehicle via the Audi Music Interface (AMI). You can then take control of it through the MMI screen located on the dashboard.
Audio can also
be streamed through the Bluetooth
® interface which includes a
hands-free telephone function. Voice commands are all that is needed to switch
between radio and telephone features.