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2014 Audi S1: Price And Features For Australia Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Sep, 26 2014 | 0 Comments

Audi’s most compact S model is now on sale in Australia. And, when the company’s local arm said it would land at around $50,000, it wasn’t kidding.

Launching this week at $49,900, the 2014 S1 Sportback is one of the most expensive ways you can unburden your wallet in the light-hatch segment.

It could also be one of the most thrilling, thanks to the tiny hatch’s big heart: a 2.0 litre turbo four producing 170kW and 370Nm of torque.

Matched exclusively to a six-speed manual and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, the S1 claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds.

That means that, for punch and pace, the S1 outdoes just about all of its ‘hot hatch lite’ rivals - the Fiesta ST, the 208 GTi, the Clio RS - and at least a few of the larger offerings.

Top speed is listed at 248km/h, but if you’re not lead-footing it all day long, Audi says you can expect fuel consumption figures of around 7.1 l/100km.

Of course, the S1 Sportback is a little more special than its S-specific styling and haste.

Even the Haldex quattro all-wheel-drive system, derived from the version featured in the larger S3, required a number of changes to the regular A1’s chassis.

Not originally engineered to accommodate quattro, the A1’s torsion beam rear suspension setup was tossed, replaced with a new subframe and a dramatically modified multi-link arrangement.

Switchable dampers also feature with the Audi Drive Select system, and a specific sports tune has been applied to the steering system.

This is no mere “A1 with more power and more driven wheels”, mates.

Handy then that the S1 stands apart from its brethren visually as well as mechanically, with the trademark ‘S pack’ styling that includes a unique grille treatment, new sports bumpers at both ends and new-look tail lamps.

Rounding out the looks is a set of 17-inch alloys (upgradeable to 18-inch with the Performance pack), and a quad exhaust setup at the rear.

 

Features

Standard features with the S1 Sportback include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic Xenon Plus headlights, LED daytime lights at both ends, satellite navigation, S1-embossed cloth and leather combo sports seats, and stainless steel pedals and footrest.

There’s also parking sensors at the rear, 180W audio with 10 speakers and subwoofer, Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, auto air-con, and automatic wipers.

There’s also three options packs: S Performance, quattro exterior, and quattro interior.

S performance package - $4990

  • 18-inch alloy wheels in 5-arm facet design contrasting grey, partly polished
  • Front brake calipers in S design red
  • S sport front seats
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery with S1 embossing in the front seatbacks
  • BOSE surround sound system
  • Audi exclusive air vents in aluminium look

quattro exterior package - $3990 (not in conjunction with S performance package)

  • Xenon headlights with red trim
  • Front brake calipers in S design red
  • 18” alloy wheels in 5-arm facet design matt black, partly polished
  • quattro roof spoiler
  • quattro logo on side
  • Front bumper with aluminium-look spoiler lip

quattro interior package - $2490 (not in conjunction with S performance package)

  • Centre console in high-gloss black, red or yellow
  • S sport seats in fine Nappa leather with back rest cover in either high-gloss black, red or yellow with quattro logo
  • Door armrest in fine Nappa leather in seat colour with contrasting stitching
  • Leather covered multi-function 3-spoke sports flat-bottomed steering wheel with S specific contrasting stitching
  • Air vent sleeves in high-gloss black with red inner ring
  • Floor mats in black with contrasting double piping

 

PRICING (plus on-roads)

The 2014 Audi S1 Sportback is priced in Australia at $49,990 before on-road costs.

Importantly, the S1 is also Audi’s most affordable ‘S car’ ever. The next model up, the S3, will relieve you of an extra $10,000.

 
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