Sport model additions include larger diameter wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver's Information System, while S line versions upgrade with extras such as an exclusive S line exterior treatment including larger 17-inch alloy wheels, S line sports suspension and leather and cloth combination upholstery.
In the initial launch phase the specification is combined with three efficient TDI and TFSI engines, all of which compensate very effectively for their relatively small displacements with the latest turbo charger technology, and benefit from engine start-stop and recuperation systems.
The new 1.2 TFSI petrol engine linked exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission kicks off the range, its 86 PS and 160 Nm peak power and torque outputs enabling a 0-62 mph time of 11.7 seconds and a 112 mph top speed, delivered with 55.4 mpg capability and low CO2 of 118 g/km.
The more familiar 1.4 TFSI power unit is next in line, and delivers its 122 PS and 200 Nm via the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional seven-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch transmission. Equipped with S-Tronic it takes the A1 to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds, and on to 126 mph where conditions allow, and in this form comes close to matching its smaller counterpart on economy and emissions, delivering up to 54.3 mpg with CO2 output of 119 g/km.
The 105PS 1.6-litre diesel is the third engine option, and via a five-speed manual gearbox uses its 250 Nm torque output to power the A1 to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds and on to a 118 mph top speed, while retaining the potential to achieve 70.6 mpg economy with emissions of 105g/km.
Xenon headlamps with trademark LED daytime running lights will be available at extra cost exclusively for S-Line models, but all versions will offer the option to upgrade with premium segment specification enhancements such as a BOSE sound system including LED-lit woofers, DAB radio, the Audi Music Interface for iPod connection, cruise and parking distance controls and the Multi Media Interface (MMI) navigation plus system. Based on the system used by the latest Audi A8, MMI navigation plus incorporates a 60 gigabyte hard drive, 20 gigabytes of which can be devoted to music files.
Confirmed UK pricing and specification:
- 1.2 TFSI SE £13,145.00
- 1.6 TDI SE £14,180.00
- 1.2 TFSI Sport £14,945.00
- 1.4 TFSI Sport £15,345.00
- 7-speed S-Tronic £16,765.00
- 1.6 TDI Sport £15,980.00
- 1.2 TFSI S line £16,460.00
- 1.4 TFSI S line £16,860.00
- 7-speed S-Tronic £18,280.00
- 1.6 TDI S line £17,495.00
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