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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