Audi’s refreshed A1 Sportback hatch has landed in Australia, arriving with revised pricing, new features and key performance improvements.
Among the updated A1's mechanical changes is the addition of new 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.8 litre four-cylinder engines.
The cost of entry into the A1 range has increased by $400 to $26,900 plus on-road costs, while some models are now more affordable than those they replace.
The new mill, a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol unit, replaces the previous A1 range’s 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine.
Power with the new engine increases from 63 to 70kW, while torque remains unchanged at 160Nm, again available between 1500 and 3500rpm.
The big win with this new engine is in fuel consumption: matched with a five-speed manual transmission, fuel use has dropped to 4.2 l/100km, compared to 5.1 l/100km in the outgoing model.
The 1.0 turbo engine can also be had with a seven-speed automatic transmission, offering a return of 4.4 l/100km, but at a $1350 premium over the manual.
The entry-end 1.4 litre turbo engine have also been lightly updated for 2015, now producing 92kW/200Nm (a 2kW increase), while fuel consumption drops from 5.3 to 5.1 l/100km with the six-speed manual shifter.
The 1.0 and 1.4 TFSI models have also been given revised suspension systems for the new model year, promising improved ride quality.
There’s also a new 1.8 four-cylinder turbo engine taken from the larger A3, replacing the A1 line’s 1.4 litre turbocharged Sport model.
In the new A1 S Line, the 1.8 litre turbo mill boosts power to 141kW at 5400rpm - which means more power, available earlier than the 1.4 Sport’s 136kW at 6200rpm.
Maximum torque remains unchanged at 250Nm, although it too is available earlier, and longer, at 1250-5300rpm - compared to 2000-4500rpm in the 1.4 Sport.
Available exclusively with a seven-speed sports auto, the A1 S Line lists fuel use at 5.6 l/100km.
The A1 S Line has also been switched to an electric steering system, primarily to deliver improved fuel consumption.
Audi's Drive Select system is also featured with the 1.8 S Line, adjusting the responsiveness of the steering, throttle and transmission systems.
The 66kW 1.6 litre diesel appears to have been dropped from the range for 2015, although Audi has yet to confirm if the model will return at a later date.
On the styling front, the A1 picks up new new headlights and lightly updated tail lamps, along with subtly revised bumpers and a mildly revised grille design.
Rear cargo space is listed at 270 litres with the rear seats up, growing to 920 litres with the rear passengers tossed out and their seats folded flat.
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Audi parking system, rear
- Audi Music Interface, with Bluetooth audio streaming and voice control
- MMI Radio system, with 6.5-inch colour display and 8 passive speakers
- Cruise control
- Driver Information System
- Electric exterior mirrors
- Front centre armrest
- Light and rain sensor
- Multifunction three-spoke sports steering wheel (with paddle shifts for S tronic)
- Dynamic suspension
1.4 TFSI Sport (in addition to the 1.0 TFSI)
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Audi Drive Select
- Automatic Climate Control air-conditioning
- Front sports seats
- Aluminium interior trim package
- LED interior lighting package
- Front fog lights
1.8 TFSI S line (in addition to the 1.4 TFSI Sport)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- S line exterior sports styling package
- Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
2015 Audi A1 Sportback
- A1 1.0 turbo petrol manual - $26,900
- A1 1.0 turbo petrol auto - $28,250
- A1 Sport 1.4 turbo petrol manual - $27,750
- A1 Sport 1.4 turbo petrol auto - $30,100
- A1 S Line 1.8 turbo petrol auto - $39,900