Prices for the new Audi A1 Sportback, which is available for order now ahead of deliveries in March, start from £13,980. The five-door version of the subcompact hatchback carries a £560 premium over the existing three-door variant and four engine variants will be initially available – a 1.2-litre petrol, two 1.4-litre petrols and a 1.6-litre diesel.
The £13,980 base model is the 1.2 TFSI petrol in SE trim, which offers 85bhp and 118lb ft and comes equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The most frugal version is the 1.6-litre TDI diesel, which produces 104bhp at 4400rpm, 184 lb ft at 1500-2500rpm and costs from £15,040. It returns a claimed 74.3mpg and 99g/km of CO2 when mated to a five-speed manual ‘box.
The performance flagship is the turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 TFSI with 182bhp and 184lb ft. Capable of 0-62mph in 7.0sec on its way to a top speed of 138mph, it returns a claimed 47.9mpg and 139g/km of CO2. Only available in S line trim, it comes with the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox as standard and costs from £21,270.
The UK is one of the most important markets for the new model, and the bulk of sales here are expected to come from the 1.6 TDI and the 120bhp, 148lb ft 1.4 TFSI variant.
Following in the summer will be a 141bhp, 236lb ft, two-litre diesel and a frugal 1.4 TFSI with ‘cylinder on demand technology’, that cuts two cylinders during periods of low throttle load.
Based on Audi’s new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines, it will return 60.1mpg and 109g/km of CO2 according to the manufacturer’s figures. The price has yet to be announced on this 138bhp, 184lb ft version.