New supermini arrives in October from £13,145; three engine and three trim levels offered
7 May 2010

Audi has opened the order book for its new A1 supermini, priced from £13,145. The firm has also confirmed final specification for UK models, which should arrive in showrooms from October.

The entry-level model will be the five-speed manual 85bhp 1.2 TFSI model in SE trim. SE trim includes alloy wheels, remote central locking, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker stereo system with iPod connectivity.

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Also available in entry-level SE trim is the 104bhp 1.6 TDI equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox that will cost from £14,180. S

The 1.2 TFSI model can can get from 0-62mph in 11.7sec, has CO2 emissions of 118g/km and combined fuel economy of 55.4mpg. The 1.6 TDI engine helps the A1 get from 0-62mph in 10.5sec, has CO2 emissions of 105g/km and combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg.

Sport trim adds larger alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats and a 'Driver's Information System' over SE models. Sport trim levels cots from £14,945 for the 1.2 TFSI model and from £15,345 for the 120bhp 1.4 TFSI variant equipped with a six-speed manual ‘box. A seven-speed DSG gearbox is a £1420 option with this engine. The final engine available with Sport trim is the 1.6 TDI, which will cost from £15,980.

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When equipped with the DSG 'box, the 1.4 TFSI model can get the A1 from 0-62mph in 8.9sec. It has CO2 emissions of 119g/km and combined economy of 54.3mpg.

Range-topping S Line trim is available from £16,460 for the 1.2 TFSI variant. S Line trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, half leather seats and an S Line sports suspension system. The 1.4 TFSI is also available in this trim from £16,860; seven-speed DSG is again a £1420 option at this trim level. The 1.6 TDI costs from £17,495 in S Line trim.

All A1s come with Audi's latest ESP system with an inbuilt electronic differential to transfer torque away from the inside front wheel during cornering when it detects excess load. A range of customisable options will also be offered.

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7 May 2010

[quote Autocar]The 1.6 TDI costs from £17,495 in S Line trim.[/quote] I think people should be more aspirational. Instead of going for the A1 they should continue to save for another year or two, get together another £2k and then buy a Ford Fiesta.... Seriously, £12.5k for an Audi with a decent enough engine (decent torque apparently on that 85bhp 1.2tsi) is the cost of a 3dr 1.2 (82) Edge Fiesta - how stupid is that?

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