The next generation Audi A1 (3 door) and A1 Sportback (5 door) is available to order from September with first deliveries of new 68 plate models expected in November.
The Audi A1 made its first appearance back in 2010 and is a higher-end supermini competing with cars like the Mini, DS 3 and higher-grade VW Polos. This second generation has been much anticipated, so what should you expect? …..
68 Plate Audi A1 What’s New?
First off, the second generation A1 is bigger than its predecessor, the Sportback is 56cm longer to be precise, which means a tad more leg room inside and there’s more boot space too (335 litres), thas a bit more luggage or shopping you can cram in (an extra 65 litres). It’s much more generous than its big rival, the Mini in actual fact and if you fold the rear seats down for more space you get 1090 litres.
Audi has already stated that their intention is to emphasise and improve the sporty aspect of the A1 and the interior in particular is getting the full treatment without sacrificing comfort. Audi are also introducing a more modular approach meaning you can mix and match interior and exterior grades.
Inside the new Sportback there’s a digital instrument cluster and a very generous 10-inch touchscreen infotainment, there’s also steering wheel mounted controls for audio and mobile phone operation and smartphone integration is standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Depending on the trim-level or pack option you can also add navigation and Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ amongst other options.
The suspension is also getting a sportier feel to make it more engaging and sports responsive and indeed the overall look is that of a lower, sportier vehicle.
68 Plate Audi A1 Engine Line-up
At launch the standard petrol will be a 1.0 litre TFSiI (116PS) unit, there’s also a 1.5 TFSI (150PS) option, both of these are available with a manual gearbox or the 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which offers the option of switching between full manual or automatic operation.
The top-end performance engine is a nippy 2.0 litre (200PS) and it will only be available with the S tronic manual transmission and the top S Line trim-level.