Audi A1 Sportback: All You Need To Know

Audi A1 Sportback: All You Need To Know

Not because it hasn't been a hit with consumers - we actually think its pint-sized dimensions mixed with Audi performance capabilities would be a quite a good match for small-car-loving Canada - but because it hasn't been made available here.

Audi has revealed the second generation of its smallest vehicle - the A1. It's a very different A1. Width is nearly the same at 5.7-feet and the new model is 4.7-feet high.

No diesels will be available from launch, with the petrol units ranging from 94bhp to 197bhp, with all but the range-topping engine being offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed-automatic 'box.

The Technology Pack adds the various internet-based services offered by Audi connect and Audi Phone Box wireless charging functionality.

Audi's familiar SE, Sport and S line trim options will be offered on the A1 Sportback and the S line models will include styling elements to further emphasise the sporty image, among them larger air inlets, additional trim on the sills, a long slit between the grille and bonnet and a larger rear wing. Audi's MMI system comes as standard, while sat-nav is available on top models - this system providing live traffic updates, 3D maps and up to four map updates a year for free.

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The "cute and classy" vibe of the first-gen auto has been replaced with a more angular and purposeful design language that's said to have been inspired by the 1980s Audi Sport Quattro. Sound systems can be speced to include the 560 watt Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System. The radar sensor recognises critical situations involving other vehicles, crossing pedestrians or cyclists ahead of the vehicle, even when visibility is poor such as in fog. Another standard feature is Audi pre sense front. The front seat belts are electrically tensioned, the windows are closed and the hazard warning lights are switched on. The optional adaptive cruise assist is also radar-based. Although, the 2019 A1 Sportback does not have a direct rival as such, it will be interesting to see how BMW and Mercedes-Benz react to it.

Prices have yet to be released but Audi says the new model will cost less than £17,500 when it goes on sale in Germany. For the first time, there is a reversing camera in addition to the rear parking system.

Audi says new A1 will be available for order as soon as this summer, with European customers told to expect deliveries in fall.

Then there's a 150PS 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit with the cylinder on demand efficiency system (COD) in the 35 TFSI.

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