The new Audi A1 Sportback is the perfect city car for millennials

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Audi’s most compact model, the first-generation Audi A1 first made its global debut back in 2010, allowing the four rings to tap into the premium supermini segment virtually uncontested. After eight long years of service, Audi has finally released a replacement model.

Available exclusively as a five-door Sportback model, the A1 now measures at 4,029 mm in length (+56 mm), 1,940 mm in width (+34 mm) and 1,409 mm in height (-13 mm) while the wheelbase is now 2,563 mm (+94 mm). Occupants will enjoy a substantially more spacious cabin with a more practical boot at 335 litres, 65 litres more than before.

Visually, the A1 gets distinctive daytime running light graphics on the optional full-LED headlamps which Audi coins as hydrofoils that were inspired from sailing. Its taillamp graphics are also never seen before on previous Audi models. These work in combination with the more expressive design to give the supermini a wider stance.

A total of 10 colour choices are available for the A1 with the option for a contrasting roof, side mirror caps, side front spoiler lips and side sills. At launch, Audi is offering a limited run Edition model that adds a little more flare to the A1 S-Line – 18-inch alloy wheels in bronze, white or black, tinted headlamps and taillamps as well as dechrome for the Singleframe grille and badges.

Inside the A1 is touted with “the sportiest interior in the compact class” with the cabin dominated by a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (Audi Virtual Cockpit with extended functions available as an option) and an optional 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen infotainment system. The interior was penned to create a seamless and driver-focused cockpit. Other available options include wireless charging tray, 560W 11-speaker Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System and 30-colour ambient lighting.

Available powertrains on the A1 include a range of turbo petrol engines with output ranging from 95 hp to 200 hp. A six-speed manual and seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission are available for all engines but the top-of-the-range 200 hp A1 gets the six-speed S Tronic instead.

Safety is regarded very highly in this supermini with standard driver assist systems including lane departure warning, Audi pre-sense front collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control with stop-go assist, Audi park assist, and reversing camera are however reserved for more expensive models.


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Audi A1 Sportback

Audi A1 Sportback Edition Model


Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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