With now more than 500.000 units sold, the ever so youthful Audi A1 gets a facelift which puts the car even more in the forefront of its segment.
The A1 delivers superb precision handling and agility, good for lots of driving pleasure, has willing engines and offers outstanding build quality.
The Sportback version here seen from the rear...
This is now even more so with two new 3 cylinder engines, a revised chassis setup and slightly more angular styling treatment on front and rear end, in order to put the A1 styling language in line with what is seen on the latest Audi models.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
New three-cylinder power...
The new 1 litre TFSI 3 cylinder engine...
Indeed, like the revised Polo, one now finds for the first time two new turbocharged three-cylinder units under the bonnet of the A1. A 1 litre petrol engine delivering 95 HP and a 1.4 liitre Diesel unit which is good for 90 HP. The petrol 3 cylinder unit replaces the 1.2 litre TFSI as "entry" motorisation.
This engine offers 54,7 miles to the US gallon or 4,3 litres/100 km economy and CO2 emissions of 99g/km.
Another new three-cylinder diesel in the A1, the 1.4 TDI ultra with 66 kW (90 hp), attains an NEDC fuel consumption of 3.4 liters fuel per 100 kilometers (69.2 US mpg) (89 g CO2 per km [143.2 g/mi]), which makes it the first ultra model in the Audi A1 and Audi A1 Sportback.
Of course, the "classic" four cylinder power is all but forgotten. The marvelous 1,4 litre petrol engine is still going strong. This time it comes in 123 and 148 HP versions. The more powerful engine also offers cylinder on demand technology.
For more sporting hearts, there is the well proven 1,8 litre engine delivering not less than 189 HP.
The diesel aficionados can also go for the 1,6 litre unit with a healthy 114 HP. Of course, the thoroughbred 231 HP S1 and S1 Sportback continue to be offered.
Their 2.0 TFSI produces 170 kW (231 hp) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. The small compact sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
...and enhanced styling
The A1 now gets a more angular single frame grille, its six corners now having somewhat sharper edges. The front bumper comes also with more angular shapes and the same can be said for the headlamps.
The side sills have also been revised and last but not least the tail lights and the rear bumper have been treated to more razor edged lines. All this results in an increase in overall length by 2 centimetres.
The choice of trims has also been widened with a "design" and "sport" version. A wi-fi hotspot is now available in the infotainment system.
The suspension is slightly reworked and now offers adaptive damping and electromechanical power steering. The power assist is reduced as vehicle speed increases.
In the newly created sport equipment line, the tuning is stiffer, but it is more comfortable than in the previous model. For even more dynamic performance, there is the S line sport suspension. Also new is the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. The driver can use it to vary the engine characteristic, the optional S tronic and adjustable shock absorbers – another new option – over the three modes auto, efficiency and dynamic.
The high-end infotainment solution is MMI navigation plus with a large memory and intelligent speech control. Its monitor folds out from the instrument panel. The complement is the Audi connect module including car phone, which connects the car to the Internet.
The driver can use the online services of Audi connect, and passengers can connect their mobile devices to a WiFi hotspot. Components such as the Bose Surround Sound system round out the infotainment line-up.
The car will be on show on the Brussels Salon early next year, and will then soon be available for some test driving. We look forward to it... Stay tuned on these columns for our driving impressions!
Hans Knol ten Bensel