The New Audi A1 Sportback is set to be on sale soon in SA and Audi has officially released pricing. Before we get into that let’s get a break down of what the new model is. Following on from the previous generation this is still Audi’s smallest car in the range(and frankly you wouldn’t want any smaller). It is the entry point into new Audi ownership but don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t enjoy Audi luxury. I have had a look at some of the options on the list, with stuff like a B&O sound system and Audi’s virtual cockpit available it can be specced very highly indeed. Audi probably doesn’t like this comparison but think of it as a really posh polo.
The interior has also been completely redesigned, with the focus being on driver engagement everything is angled towards the driver. Luggage space has been increased over the previous generation making it easier to live with on the daily. For me, this is definitely one of the best looking cars in the segment inside and out, and yes I know the vents on the bonnet are fake but at least it adds dimension.
So for SA, there will be only three engines on offer at launch, starting with the 1.0l 3 cylinder turbo in the 30TFSI. This unit produces 85kw and 200nm and helps motivate the A1 to 100kmh in 9.4 seconds. This model is available in 3 derivatives “Base”, “Advanced” and “S-Line”, pricing starts at R359900 up to R388900. Next up is the 35TFSI and powered by a 1.5l inline 4 producing 110kw and 250nm giving it spritely acceleration, 0-100 is dispatched in 7.7 seconds. The 35TFSI pricing starts at R429900 for the base and up to R458900 with S-Line trim. The A1 flagship is the 40TFSI and this is interestingly powered by the 2.0l turbo from the Polo GTI. With 147kw and 320nm this should make for a fairly quick A1, the claimed 0-100kmh is 6.5 seconds. Currently, the whole range will only be offered with S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
I don’t see the option of Quattro with the new A1 and am not sure if it will be available perhaps only on an S model. Speaking of which there is definitely room in the line up for an S1 and I think it would be absolutely amazing if they use the Golf GTI motor and a Quattro system. Will probably have a 0-100 time of 5 seconds and a top speed of 250kmh!. Will keep my eyes peeled for that.