The three-door Audi A1 has been axed from the brand's city car line-up in Australia.

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The German luxury brand will now sell only the five-door A1 Sportback, after a decision was made to dump the three-door version.

Audi Australia senior product communications executive Shaun Cleary told CarAdvice the market was the determining factor in the decision to drop the three-door model.

"In Australia, particularly with small hatchbacks like the A1, the versatility of five doors always wins out over three-door models," he said, reiterating that the brand had taken a similar approach with its larger A3 range, and that it won't consider offering a three-door hatchback version of that car.

The A1 range retains its $26,500 starting price for the base-model 1.2 TFSI Attraction manual model, with the current flagship A1 1.4 TFSI Sport topping the range at $39,900.

The brand will introduce a new high-performance S1 model later this year, which is expected to be priced close to $50,000.