Key among the mid-life upgrades to the entry-level Audi models, which are set to open for order later this month prior to deliveries next April, are new base three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Also on offer is a reworked chassis offering optional adaptive damping, as well as Audi’s Drive Select function, together with a widened range of infotainment and connectivity options, including Audi Connect and a Wi-Fi hotspot function.
With over 500,000 sales to date, the visual changes brought to A1 and A1 Sportback are predictably subtle. They include a lightly re-profiled front bumper featuring an altered six-corner single frame grille, revised headlamp graphics, more defined sills underneath the doors, new tail lamps graphics and a redesigned rear bumper.
The mild exterior changes add 20mm to the length of the A1, which now stretches to 3980mm overall.
As before, customers can choose between either a standard monotone and optional two tone paint scheme – the latter featuring a contrasting roof colour. Two new specifications, design and sport, have also been added to the long list of customisation options.
The facelifted A1 and A1 Sportback will be sold with the choice of six engines. Included are four TFSI direct-injection petrol units and two TDI diesels, all of which are described as being either completely new or heavily upgraded.
Making their premiere in the Audi line-up is a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct injection petrol and turbocharged 1.4-litre three-cylinder common rail diesel – both recently made available on the mechanically identical Volkswagen Polo.