Prices for the new Audi A1 Sportback, start from £13,980; first deliveries in March
16 January 2012

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.

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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.

All A1 Sportback variants get alloys, remote central locking, air-con, electric front and rear windows, a split folding rear seats and a six-speaker single CD Concert audio system linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

While the SE versions have 15-inch alloys, the Sport model gets 16-inch wheels and the top S line examples come with 17-inch wheels.

Extra kit on the Sport trim level includes sports seats, sports suspension, front fog lights, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel and upgraded interior styling.

The S line versions, which start from £17,365 for the 1.2 TFSI, also adds tweaked sports suspension, special interior and body styling – including a rear spoiler – cloth/leather upholstery and an LED interior light package.

Two customisation packages are on offer across the models. ‘Comfort’ includes light and rain sensors, a rear parking guide and cruise control for £605. ‘Technology’ comprises sat-nav, Bluetooth, a multi-function steering wheel, MMI system and a 20GB music storage facility for £1375.

The A1 Sportback is 6mm taller and 6mm wider than its three-door sister, and offers 11mm more rear head-room and 13mm greater rear shoulder-room. The wheelbase remains the same.

In some markets the car will come in four-seat specification but a fifth seat is available as a no-cost option, although the UK-spec cars with have the fifth seat as standard. Luggage space is the same as the three-door version at 270 litres with the split/folding rear seats in place or 920 litres with the seats down.

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16 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The car will come in four-seat specification but a fifth seat is available as a no-cost option [/quote]

Why Audi, why?

Surely from a production point of view it would have been cheaper and easier just to have a well designed five seat only option?

I do have to say, I personally think nigh on £14k for an 85bhp super mini is still steep, what ever way you look at it!



It's all about the twisties........


16 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The car will come in four-seat specification but a fifth seat is available as a no-cost option.[/quote] I agree - four seat interiors make no sense to me either - ignoring 2+2s, I've yet to see one that didn't make more sense as a five seater. No wait, there's the Maybach 62. BMW acknowledged it was a mistake in the X6 and now offer a five seat option, as does VW in the CC.

16 January 2012

"six-seater single CD Concert audio system "

Haha.. quite a small concert hall then!

16 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

[quote Autocar]The car will come in four-seat specification but a fifth seat is available as a no-cost option [/quote]

Why Audi, why?

[/quote] Probably would have reduced their costs, but I can see the logic in it. How many small super mini sized cars regularly have 5 occupants? Very few. So why not offer 2 more accommodating rears seats than 3 squished in one? I'd go for the 4 seat option personally.

16 January 2012

Like the five door Evoque, this just somehow doesn't look right. And like the Evoque, it is overpriced. I can't say that I'm at all surprised though.

16 January 2012

We had 4 seats in the A2 and agree with you superstevie. Difference was that you could fully remove them and create a van!

 NeVeR L8te Smile

16 January 2012

£21,270 for the top of the range version ???

Jesus H Christ. The world's gone mad.

16 January 2012

[quote Fidji]

Like the five door Evoque, this just somehow doesn't look right.


I agree. I think the A1 is slightly odd looking anyway, but in three door form it gets away with it. This doesn't.

When the A1 was first revealed some cruelly drew comparison with the Allegro, in some of the styling aspects. The contrast colour roof of the five door seems to remind some of the vinyl roof-ed versions of the Allegro (not me of course).

16 January 2012

[quote superstevie]How many small super mini sized cars regularly have 5 occupants?[/quote]

Not many, but if you don't intend on carrying passengers in the back of your car, then you'll get the three door. Choosing the five door means that you do intend on carrying passengers in the rear, in which case, three seats makes more sense than two.

16 January 2012

Saw an A2 today. Looked great. Had a ride in one but the ride comfort was terrible. Shame.


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