The cost of entry into both model lines has increase for the new model year, the A1 up by $400 to $26,900 and the Q3 by $600 to $42,900 (plus on-road costs).
New features and performance improvements are promised, however, including the addition of new 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.8 litre four-cylinder engines for the light-footed A1.
For the Q3, there's new looks and a streamlined engine range for the 2015 model year.
2015 Audi A1 Sportback
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.
2015 Audi Q3
Audi’s smallest SUV range has been streamlined for 2015, with the Q3 now available in four variants rather than five.
The new facelifted range will kick off with the front-wheel-drive 110kW 1.4 turbo model, while the rest of the range is made up of all-wheel-drive quattro models.
That means a 132kW 2.0 turbo petrol model, followed by 110kW and 135kW 2.0 turbo diesel models.
Local details for the updated RS Q3 hero model are still to come.
Styling updates for the Q3 range include a sharpened grille design with a new frame that extends back toward the revised headlights.
Changes in the cabin are limited to new trim options, with the dash, steering wheel and centre console styling all remaining largely unchanged.
Watch for more details on the updated A1 and Q3 ranges to come with the June sales launch of both models.
Note: international models shown. Australian photos still to come.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
2015 Audi A1 Sportback
- A1 1.0 turbo petrol - $26,900
- A1 1.0 turbo petrol - $28,250
- A1 Sport 1.4 turbo petrol - $27,750
- A1 Sport 1.4 turbo petrol - $30,100
- A1 S Line 1.8 turbo petrol - $39,900
2015 Audi Q3
- Q3 1.4 turbo petrol - $42,900
- Q3 quattro 2.0 turbo petrol - $52,300
- Q3 quattro 2.0 turbo diesel - $47,900
- Q3 quattro 2.0 turbo diesel - $56,900
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