Audi has revealed the much awaited A1, ahead of its official launch to be held at the Geneva Motor Show.
Audi has designed it’s entry level model to be aggressive and elegant, the A1 measures 3.95 meters long, 1.74 meters wide, 1.42 meters tall and the wheelbase is 2.47 meters. Audi’s design features like a single frame grille, pronounced shoulder lines, sharply sloping C-pillars, and an available color-contrasted roof arch are seen in the A1. Elsewhere, the A1 has ‘wings of an eagle’ LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and 15- to 18-inch wheels.
In the interior side, it is typical Audi with high quality materials and premium accents. The dash was created to resemble the wings of an airplane (with the air vents acting as jet engines), while the center console was inspired by the stern of a yacht. In the rear, the luggage compartment can hold 267 liters and 920 liters when the rear seats are folded down. Other highlights include LED interior lights, colorful upholstery, a media center, and a pop-up information display (with an efficiency program, which provides fuel consumption data and gives recommendations for efficient driving). Options include MMI navigation plus, a 465-watt Bose surround sound system, and panorama sunroof.
Audi has powered A1 with two TFSI or two TDI engines, all of them are four-cylinder engines. The 1.2-liter TFSI produces 86 hp and 160 Nm of torque mated with a five-speed manual transmission, which enables the A1 to run from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 seconds, and top speed at 179 km/h. The 1.2 TFSI consumes 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (46.12 US mpg), while emitting 119 grams of CO2/km (191.51 g/mile).
In 1.4-liter TFSI, you’ll get 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque. For this you can opt the seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission, the A1 1.4 TFSI accelerates 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds (9.2 seconds with the six-speed manual) and has a top speed of 200 km/h. While Audi declined to release emissions data, they stated the 1.4 TFSI consumes 5.1 (S-tronic) and 5.4 (manual) liters per 100 km in the EU test cycle.
On the other hand, Audi offers two 1.6-liter TDIs. The base unit produces 90 hp and 230 Nm of torque, which allows the A1 to hit 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds & top speed is 179 km/h. In terms of efficiency, the engine consumes 3.8 liters/100 km, while emitting 99 grams of CO2/km (159.33 g/mile).
The range-topping 1.6-liter TDI churns out 105 hp and 250 Nm, which results in a 0-100 km/h time of 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 187 km/h. Despite the added performance, fuel efficiency only declines to 3.9 liters/100 km.
Regardless of what engine is selected, they all feature “a recuperation system that allows them to recover energy during braking, and are coupled with an automatic start-stop system.”
The A1 will go on sale this summer, with a base price of approximately €16,000.