For anyone who was interested in the acclaimed Audi A1 and A1 Sportback, but found the entry-level pricing a little too steep, the brand are pleased to announce that a new three pot petrol engine will be added to the range, bringing the base-level asking price down to just £14,315.
It’s unanimously agreed that the Audi A1 has been a success; a small car that is fun to drive, it offers good performance, a plush cabin, and a grippy chassis. But the brand clearly felt that something was missing, and so out goes the 89PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit, and in comes the 1.0-litre TFSI 95PS turbocharged five-speed manual package.
This entry level 1.0-litre petrol variant is capable of getting to 62mph from rest in 10.9 seconds, en route to a max speed of 116mph. But the biggest ace up its sleeve is its frugality, which Audi have been making a lot of noise about.
And so they should too, as it returns excellent fuel consumption figures of 67.3mpg, whilst emitting just 97g/km of CO2. Available for either the three or five-door Audi A1, it comes with 160Nm of torque, whilst a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is available as an option.
Whichever transmission you hook it up to, acceleration and max speed figures are equal, whilst running costs are slightly reduced to 64.2mpg if you go for the twin-clutch. Emissions meanwhile, are knocked up a few notches to 102g/km of CO2. All these figures though, are unchanged regardless of which body style you opt for.
There have been other revisions to the A1, as the brand look to take their car up to the next level. And whilst the brand new 1.0-litre TFSI engine is certainly frugal, it isn’t the greenest of the A1 range, with the 1.6-litre TDI still coming out on top for frugality. This revised engine returns 74.3mph and emits just 92g/km of CO2.
Buyers who do go for the new 1.0-litre three cylinder engine can get it with either SE or Sport specification. Standard equipment here includes remote central locking, alloys, air conditioning, electric front windows, as well as a six-speaker single CD audio system that can easily be hooked up to an iPod.
There have been upgrades to the 2015 Sport package too, including a brand new Audi Music Interface that now allows for SC card-based compliance. The suspension setup has also been tweaked, with absorbency now better. If buyers still feel as though this isn’t enough, they have the option of replacing it with the suspension setup found on the SE variants – at no extra cost.
There are also significant options that come with the base level 1.0, and these include the option of adorning the A1 in contrasting colours, an open sky panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, as well as acoustic parking control.
Prices for the new Audi A1 1.0 TFSI start out from £14,315 for the SE variant, and rise to £16,290 for the Sport variant. Combining a classy interior with a grippy chassis and some excellent equipment, it’s a subcompact car that is surprisingly very fun to drive. The decision to replace a poor selling 1.2-litre four cylinder unit with a more exciting, and more cost-effective 1.0-litre three pot has paid off handsomely for Audi, a brand that just keeps on getting things right.
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