The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport has been launched in Australia, staking its claim as one of the hottest light hot hatches in the country.

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The Audi A1 Sport is available in just one variant in Australia: a three-door hatch with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, priced from $42,500.

The front-wheel drive A1 Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI (supercharged, turbocharged, direct injection) petrol engine. It produces 136kW of power and 250Nm of torque (just 4kW more than the $27,790 Volkswagen Polo GTI three-door).

Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 6.9 seconds and the A1 Sport will go on to a top speed of 227km/h.

Combined cycle fuel consumption is a tidy 5.9 litres/100km (7.5 litres/100km city/5.1 litres/100km highway) while CO2 emissions average 139g/km.

The exterior comes with the full S line package including front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights are standard, along with 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and rear parking sensors.

The suspension setup is the same as the one offered in the Ambition model line with a MacPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear. The brakes are also unchanged (288mm at the front, 230mm at the rear).

Inside, the A1 Sport scores automatic climate control, LED lighting package, high-gloss black air vent sleeves, black headlining and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The cloth sports seats are carried over from the Ambition, with Milano leather pews a $2300 option.

A number of others features are also offered as options, with the priciest including the MMI navigation plus pack (hard drive navigation, 20GB music storage, music interface, two SD card readers – $3600), panoramic sunroof ($2090), 18-inch alloy wheels ($2000), 14-speaker Bose sound system ($1450) and metallic paint ($990).

The total vehicle price – $42,500 before government and dealer charges – puts the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport in direct competition with the MINI Cooper S ($40,500) as well as the mental Renault Clio RS 200 Trophee ($38,990).

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