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Audi A1 Sportback – dynamic styling

Since it was launched in 2010 the Audi A1 has been viewed as a premium subcompact hatchback and the all-new second generation of this diminutively proportioned yet immensely successful entry point into the Audi brand is now here. 

Available now exclusively as a five-door Sportback, the latest car features dynamic new styling that combines with classic detailing drawn from the brand-defining Ur quattros of the Eighties, and complements it with infotainment and driver assistance systems on a par with the contemporary  full-size class.

The A1 Sportback has grown significantly in length and but retains a low-slung stance which is emphasised further by the wide track and short overhangs. The roof contrast line, which is available in Mythos black or Manhattan grey, ends above the C-pillar. This gives the impression that the roof is flatter. The low line between the edges of the wings draws the visual focal point downwards even further.

There is a choice of ten colours which, as an option, can be combined with a contrasting roof colour extending from the A-pillar to the roof edge spoiler. The exterior mirror housings, the side front spoiler lips and the side sills are also available in a contrasting colour.

In terms of trim levels the A1 Sportback is offered in SE, Sport and S line specification options, and in S line form the car’s dynamic character is brought into particularly sharp relief through numerous features. These include larger air inlets, additional sill trims, an elongated slit centrally below the bonnet with two fins and a larger rear wing. A standalone specification that sits at the very top of the model range is the S line Competition, reserved purely for the 40 TFSI with 200PS and adds its own air of strength and purpose with unique 17-inch platinum grey alloy wheels, red brake calipers, platinum grey door mirrors, sports suspension with adjustable dampers and twin tailpipes.

In addition to these trim levels, the latest A1 also expands on its predecessor’s already varied offering, and as a means of highlighting the scope for adding individual touches, two striking special edition models – the A1 S line Contrast Edition and S line Style Edition. Taking the S line specification as a foundation, and offered in a range of vivid colours, both have a design focus and a more sporting slant. Each will feature elements such as large 18-inch wheels in either bronze or black depending on the exterior finish, darkened LED rear lights referencing the classic Sport quattro, exclusive black colouring for the Audi rings in the Singleframe and the model identifiers on the tailgate and various exterior and interior styling packages with exclusive accents.

The spacious cabin has a customisable design with all of the controls and touch-screen displays strongly driver-oriented. Even the entry level SE version features a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel as standard. The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents comprehensive and diverse information such as animated navigation maps and graphics of some driver assistance systems in the driver’s direct field of vision. The Infotainment concept in the new A1 Sportback has filtered down from the full-size class.

In the dark, the cockpit can be brought to life by an optional contour and ambient lighting package that includes LED light elements in 30 selectable colours. Despite the compact exterior dimensions and the tapering roof line, adults in the rear seats still enjoy plenty of head and leg room. Luggage capacity has increased by 65 litres to 335 litres, and with the rear seats folded down, this increases to 1,090 litres. The load sill height is a comfortably low 67 centimetres.

The Audi smartphone interface, which is standard for all versions, ensures everyone is always well connected on board. It integrates iOS and Android smartphones using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into an environment in the MMI programmed specifically for them, and offers two USB interfaces (1x USB-A, 1x USB-C with increased                       charging current).

Music and acoustics aficionados will be pleased to find a Digital Audio Broadcasting tuner featuring as standard, and the Audi sound system and Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System available from the options list. The B&O system drives eleven speakers with an output of 560 watts. Its 3D effect uses the windscreen as a reflecting surface.

In terms of safety the driver assistance systems for the Audi A1 Sportback also come directly from further up the range which include a lane departure warning and speed limiter. Another standard feature is Audi pre sense front. The radar sensor recognises critical situations involving other vehicles, crossing pedestrians or cyclists ahead of the vehicle, even when visibility is poor such as in fog. The system then gives an acoustic and visual signals to warn the driver. At the same time, it prepares for a possible full brake application and, if necessary, initiates automatic emergency braking in order to prevent an imminent collision or reduce its impact. If necessary, the protective measures of the optional Audi pre sense basic are initiated. The front seat belts are electrically tensioned, the windows are closed and the hazard warning lights are switched on.

The optional adaptive speed assist is also radar-based. It keeps the Audi A1 Sportback at the desired distance from the vehicle ahead. If the vehicle is equipped with the S tronic twin-clutch transmission, the system covers a speed range of 0 to 124mph; with the manual transmission, the range begins at approximately 18mph. In stop-and-go traffic, the A1 Sportback with S tronic transmission brakes to a standstill and moves away again under certain conditions automatically.

The new Audi A1 Sportback also offers various optional systems to make parking easier, such as a rear parking system and reversing camera.The park assist system automatically parallel parks the A1 Sportback and, in its latest form, can also park forwards into perpendicular parking spaces, manoeuvring multiple times if necessary. The system can also exit parallel parking spaces.

The Audi A1 is available with a three-cylinder unit with a 1.0 litre capacity and 116PS – the 30 TFSI, enabling acceleration to 62mph in 9.4 seconds for the 7-speed S tronic version (9.5s for the 6-speed manual) and a top speed of 126mph in both variants. On 15-inch alloy wheels, fitted as standard to SE models, CO2 of 108g/km corresponds to a combined fuel consumption figure of 58.9mpg according to the WLTP test procedure in both manual and S tronic versions.

The range has also been now increased to include power outputs that start at 95PS in the entry-level 25 TFSI engine and increase to 150PS in the 1.5-litre four-cylinder 35 TFSI with cylinder on demand (COD). A 2.0-litre, 200PS TFSI with 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft) of torque will power the overtly performance-focused flagship model.

All engines are enhanced by turbocharging, direct injection and a particulate filter as standard, and can be linked to either a manual gearbox or the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission with the exception of the 200PS variant, which is matched to a six-speed S tronic transmission.

As an alternative to the standard suspension on SE and Sport, tauter sport suspension is fitted as standard to S line models. The Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system allows drivers to select from four modes that influence the driving characteristics: auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual, and is fitted to all Sport models and above as standard.

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