What is it?
This is a chance to get to know the car in a slightly different state of tune, however, and one in which a lot of UK owners will come to know it: with the lower mid-range, 114bhp ‘30 TFSI’ engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, standard passive suspension and 16in alloy wheels, and in mid-spec Sport trim.
There’s no need to reprise all the introductory detail you probably read in Mr Prior’s review a couple of days ago. Suffice it to say that there are more powerful, more exciting and more expensive flavours of this renewed Mini rival for those who want ’em.
S line specification brings a more aggressive look to the car, as well as firmer sport suspension and bigger wheels. There will also be some extra-special subdivided S line trim levels for the A1, the likes of which haven’t been seen on other Audis. With those you can have 18in bronze wheels, bronze body trim and smoked headlights (S line Style Edition); smack-you-in-the-face yellow paint with black body trim (S line Contrast Edition); or a 197bhp 2.0 TFSI engine, adjustable dampers and red brake calipers (S line Competition).
The upgraded shocks of that last version of the A1 aren’t ‘adaptive’ in the sense that they’re continually adjusting; they just have a couple of driver-selectable valving presets (a bit like the ones on the current VW Polo GTI) and they’re only an option on cars with that top-level combination of engine and trim. If you want your A1 with any of those extra-special trim levels, though, you’ll probably have to wait until at least February or March of next year to get it.