The Audi A1

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Since the A1’s introduction in 2010, more than 500,000 A1’s have been sold around the world.

Audi has updated the Audi A1 with two all-new engines, electro-mechanical steering, and optional automatic transmission for the base model and new trim upgrades.

The A1 will be offered with the new 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder engine (developed by Volkswagen Group) and will include the 1.0-litre turbo-charged engine which replaces the 1.2-litre entry model, the 1.4 TFSI has been re-vamped and a sporty 1.8-litre TFSI replaces the current 1.4-litre twin-charged engine.

As far as the Audi S1 is concerned, this remains unchanged and with its 2.0 TFSI engine producing 170kW and 370Nm, this is the first in the range to offer Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive.

The A1, 1.0-litre engine is offered in both a five-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, both producing 70kW and 160Nm..

The 1.4-litre TFSI four-cylinder engine is matched to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission and this is the only model in the line-up to be revamped which produces 92kW at 5000prm and 200Nm between 1400-4000rpm.

A sporty 1.8-litre TFSI four-cylinder is new to the A1range and available only with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 141kW at 5400rpm and 250Nm from 1250-5300rpm.

A number of other options are available for European and Asian markets including a range of turbo-diesel engines and a cylinder-on-demand petrol engine.

The inclusion of S tronic across all variants completes the roll-out across the Audi family and all engines meet the Euro 6 emissions standard.

Changes have been made to the suspension, with the front having MacPherson-type suspension with lower wishbones and rigid front transverse link mounts, and the rear with semi-independent suspension with separately mounted springs and shock absorbers. Sports suspension is available with the S line offering a stiffer upgrade.

The A1 is comfortable and glides smoothly over road imperfections and retains its composure through the bends, remaining stable and precise.

The new electro-mechanical power steering is light and smooth, and consumes less energy than the previous hydraulic steering.

The new A1 also features ‘ESC’ with extended torque vectoring at the front axle, ‘Start-Stop’ is standard and ‘Drive Select’ offers three different settings- throttle, speed control and steering. Adjustable dampers are also an option.

The A1’s closest competitor is the Mini, with Audi continuously outselling its rival.

Changes to the trim levels offers a wide range of customisation features.

Included in the update are exterior styling changes – two-centimetres in length with sharper lines, headlamps with LED daytime running lights, with a wider grill and more pronounced air inlets.

The rear features new LED tail-lights, and wrap-around tailgate.

Navigation is provided and all vehicles come with a pop-up display.

Reversing camera isn’t standard, but is equipped with bumper sensors with audible warning.

The Audi A1 has the interior quality and technology of a luxury sedan and is a fashionable entry into the growing niche of upmarket ‘super-mini class’ segment pioneered by the MINI and followed by the Citroen DS3.

The A1 range has been described as the perfect car for young high flyer city dwellers not wanting a large car but crave luxury and new technology.

There’s a choice of a three-door model or five-door version called the Audi A1 Sportback, a more practical choice should you have children.

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