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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Audi A1 Sportback is now on sale in Australia, introducing new engines, design tweaks, extra equipment and a rejigged line-up for the German brand’s style-centric city car.

As we revealed last week, the updated A1 starts $400 higher than before at $26,900 plus on-road costs, though significantly, the price of the entry-level automatic variant is $4000 lower than before – now $28,250 – which should open the premium five-door hatch up to a number of new buyers.

The prices above apply to the new base-grade Audi A1 (the Attraction name is gone), which is powered by a new 70kW/160Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The new triple pairs with five-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmissions, and is up to 17 per cent more fuel efficient than the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo it replaces.

Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, multifunction leather steering wheel (with paddleshifters for S tronic), an eight-speaker sound system, and the MMI radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, CD player, SDHC memory card reader, Audi music interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

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The mid-tier Audi A1 Sport (replacing Ambition spec) variants get an updated version of the carryover 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 92kW and 200Nm (up 2kW). Six-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic transmission options are available for $27,750 and $30,100 respectively.

The pricing makes the A1 Sport just $850 more than the equivalent base model in manual form and $1850 more with the S tronic, yet along with the more powerful engine it also gains larger 16-inch alloys, front foglights, climate control, Audi drive select driving modes, LED interior lighting package, and upgraded interior trim and upholstery.

The flagship A1 S line (replaces previous Sport) retains its $39,900 price tag and upgrades from its twincharged 1.4-litre engine to a 141kW/250Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol powerplant. The performance variant is no quicker than before (0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds) but is now more fuel efficient (down to 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres).

Standard features exclusive to the S line include 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 10-speaker sound system with amplifier and subwoofer, and MMI navigation plus with high-resolution screen, DVD player, two SDHC memory card readers, voice control and 20GB hard drive for music storage.

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Unfortunately, a reverse-view camera isn’t available in the A1, not even as an option.

The 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine has been dropped from the local A1 line-up after the old variant accounted for less than one per cent of sales.

Audi is targeting a modest sales increase off the back of the updated A1 Sportback range, hoping to sell 160 per month, up from its current monthly average of about 140.

 

2015 Audi A1 Sportback pricing (plus on-road costs):
Base manual $26,900
Base S tronic $28,250
Sport manual $27,750
Sport S tronic $30,100
S line S tronic $39,900

 

2015 Audi A1 Sportback drivetrains:
A1:
1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Five-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions
70kW between 5000-5500rpm
160Nm between 1500-3500rpm
0-100km/h in 11.1 seconds (both transmissions)
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 4.2L/100km manual, 4.4L/100km S tronic

A1 Sport:
1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions
92kW at 5000rpm
200Nm between 1400-4000rpm
0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds (both transmissions)
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.1L/100km manual, 4.9L/100km S tronic

A1 S line:
1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission
141kW at 5400rpm
250Nm between 1250-5300rpm
0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.6L/100km

 

2015 Audi A1 Sportback specifications:
A1:
15-inch alloy wheels
Auto headlights and wipers
Rear parking sensors
Cruise control
Multifunction leather steering wheel (with paddleshifters for S tronic)
MMI radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, CD player, SDHC memory card reader, Audi music interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Eight-speaker sound system
‘Zeitgeist’ cloth upholstery
Gloss black air vents
Six airbags
Electronic stability control
Space-saver spare wheel
Tyre pressure indicator

A1 Sport (adds over A1):
16-inch alloy wheels
Audi drive select driving modes
Front foglights
Climate control
Door sill trims with aluminium inlays
LED interior lighting package
Front sports seats with ‘Tornado’ cloth upholstery

A1 S line (adds over Sport):
17-inch alloy wheels
Sports suspension
Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
MMI navigation plus with high-resolution screen, DVD player, two SDHC memory card readers, voice control and 20GB hard drive for music storage
Ten-speaker sound system with amplifier and subwoofer

 

2015 Audi A1 Sportback major options:
Style packages with xenon plus headlights, LED DRLs and choice of 17-inch alloy wheel designs $1990 (A1 and A1 Sport only)
Technik package with MMI navigation plus and Audi sound system $2490
S line sport package with S line interior package, sports seats with cloth/leather upholstery with S line embossing, S line sports steering wheel, perforated leather gear knob, black cloth headliner and choice of 18-inch alloy wheels $2990 (A1 S line only)
Sunroof $1850 (forces four-seat option)
Fourteen-speaker Bose surround sound system $1450
Metallic/pearl effect paint $990




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