The 2015 Audi A1 range kicks off with a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from $26,900 before on-road costs – up $400 on its predecessor.
The tiny triple produces 70kW at 5500rpm and 160Nm between 1500-3500rpm, giving it a 7kW advantage over the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo it replaces. The base A1 is available with five-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions, which consume 4.2 and 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres respectively on the combined cycle, representing a fuel saving of almost 18 per cent compared with the old model. The S tronic auto option adds just $1350 to the price of the entry car, available from $28,250.
Next up is the A1 Sport variant, which gets a larger 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 92kW at 5000rpm and 200Nm between 1400-4000rpm. The $27,750 six-speed manual version uses 5.1L/100km, while the $30,100 seven-speed S tronic is more frugal at 4.9L/100km.
The range-topping A1 S Line replaces the old Sport variant and trades its 1.4-litre twincharger engine for the 1.8-litre turbo from the Volkswagen Polo GTI. The new unit produces 141kW at 5400rpm and 250Nm between 1250-5300rpm, up 5kW, retains the old engine’s 6.9-second 0-100km/h sprint time, and lowers its fuel consumption by 0.3L/100km to 5.6L/100km. It’s available exclusively with the seven-speed S tronic at an unchanged $39,900.
Audi has dropped the 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine from the updated line-up.
Styling updates for the 2015 A1 bring it into line with the S1 hot hatch, with the refreshed model gaining slimmer and more angular headlights, a sharper grille and revised tail-light graphics. The Audi A1 range also gains a new electric power steering system.
The updated Audi Q3 range now starts $600 higher than before at $42,900 for the front-wheel-drive TFSI model. The outputs of its 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine are unchanged from before, though fuel consumption drops from 6.2 to 5.9L/100km.
The entry diesel, the $47,900 TDI quattro, gets a new 2.0-litre engine with 110kW at 4000rpm and 340Nm between 1750-2800rpm (up 7kW/20Nm). Despite its higher outputs, fuel consumption falls 12 per cent to 5.1L/100km, while it also shaves 0.6sec off its sprint time (now 9.3sec to 100km/h).
The flagship petrol, the $52,300 TFSI Sport quattro, gets a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 132kW at 6200rpm and 320Nm between 1700-4200rpm – down 23kW but up 20Nm on the model it replaces. The new model is one second slower from 0-100km/h (now 7.9 seconds), though is 13 per cent more fuel efficient (now 6.7L/100km).
The $56,900 TDI Sport quattro tops the range, pumping out 135kW at 4000rpm and 380Nm between 1800-3250rpm from its 2.0-litre diesel engine. It matches the TFSI Sport quattro’s 6.9sec sprint time, yet uses just 5.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
The refreshed Audi Q3 range is most easily distinguished by the broader chrome trim connecting its grille and headlights, while the front and rear bumpers, side sills, and headlight and tail-light graphics have also been tweaked.
Audi Australia is yet to announce local details for the updated RS Q3 performance model, which will launch sometime after the rest of the Q3 range. When it arrives, the upgraded RS Q3 will boast 250kW and 450Nm, up 22kW and 30Nm from before.
Full pricing and specification details for the 2015 Audi A1 and Q3 ranges will be revealed when the duo launches locally next week.
2015 Audi A1 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 Q3 pricing (plus on-road costs):
TDI quattro $47,900
TFSI Sport quattro $52,300
TDI Sport quattro $56,900