Engines, pricing and options revealed by an Audi insider

Audi will be pegging prices of the A1 close to the Mini, an inside source has revealed.

The upmarket supermini, due to go on sale at the end of 2010, is likely to start at around £13,000 for the base three-door model, although the bulk of the range will retail between £15,000 to £20,000.

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The new A1 is set to share a lot of mechanicals with the recently launched VW Polo. Exact details are scarce, but it’s likely to be powered by a range of existing VW group engines and some newly developed motors.

The petrol model range begins with a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine in two states of tune - 84bhp and 104bhp. Further up there will be a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol with 120bhp and a high-performance, supercharged and turbocharged version of the same unit that puts out 168bhp.

Diesel engines are likely to be a 1.6-litre common-rail injection unit in three states of tune: 75bhp, 90bhp and 105bhp.

Audi sources say that the company is keen to offer A1 buyers a similar ownership experience to that of the Mini. That’s likely to include a wide range of options to personalise your car and the company is planning a all-in service package, designed to give a fixed ownership cost over three or five years.

Chas Hallett

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Our Verdict

The A1 is a stylish, high quality and competent supermini, if a little expensive, it has the cabin quality and powertrain refinement that we’ve come to expect from an Audi.

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30 November 2009

As with a lot of your VAG articles, the engine details are wrong....

The 85PS and 105PS 1.2 engines are turbocharged.

The 122PS 1.4 engine is also turbocharged

The 170PS 1.4 engine is turbocharged and supercharged.

Please research before posting these in-accurate stories.

30 November 2009

Indeed, especially with the new A8 launching later today. Surprised there haven't been any leaked photos or details in the last few days.

Anonymous

30 November 2009

[quote J400uk]

As with a lot of your VAG articles, the engine details are wrong....

The 85PS and 105PS 1.2 engines are turbocharged.

The 122PS 1.4 engine is also turbocharged

The 170PS 1.4 engine is turbocharged and supercharged.

Please research before posting these in-accurate stories.

[/quote] Apologies. You are, of course, correct. Absolutely my mistake. Perhaps you'd care to illuminate us on what the exact engine line up will be when the A1 goes on sale?

30 November 2009

What an awful looking car!

30 November 2009

It's hideous, champagne at the ready for Mini IF it looks anything like that.

30 November 2009

[quote Chas Hallett][quote J400uk]

As with a lot of your VAG articles, the engine details are wrong....

The 85PS and 105PS 1.2 engines are turbocharged.

The 122PS 1.4 engine is also turbocharged

The 170PS 1.4 engine is turbocharged and supercharged.

Please research before posting these in-accurate stories.

[/quote] Apologies. You are, of course, correct. Absolutely my mistake. Perhaps you'd care to illuminate us on what the exact engine line up will be when the A1 goes on sale?[/quote]

Oooh handbags Chas.

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30 November 2009

The only field this could rival the Mini is the snob appeal - Mini is too popular these days but I guess that some people will find the four rings and LED christmas lights more exclusive. Of course, an average Fiesta will be a better drive, but I seriously doubt that any hairdresser will care.

30 November 2009

I don't think it's that bad looking. The problem with the Mini is the ride in town - I know it's a sporty little thing but the crashiness is a pain. If the Audi is significantly better I'll be recommending my partner has a test drive when she replaces hers.

Shame no further details about a possible hybrid - the combination of a front wheel drive petrol engine / option of a rear wheel drive electric only and 4 wheel drive using both power sources was intriguing.

Anonymous

30 November 2009

You can take for granted that the top line A1 will have 4wd. We know they're seriously considering an S1 which will be v.interesting. As for hybrid I understand that the priority is to get hybrid on the big stuff: Q7 and A8 etc. An electric A1 could be interesting though...

30 November 2009

No guesses as to which one has the more advanced suspension...

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