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TMR Team | Nov, 15 2014 | 4 Comments

Audi has unveiled a facelift for its A1 and A1 Sportback models. This comes on the heels of the refreshed A6 and Q3.

You have got to look closely to pick the changes. They’re limited visually to a new front grille, subtle changes to the headlights and new paint combos.

What you won’t notice, unless you’ve got a tape measure handy, is that both models are now two centimetres longer, now 3.98 metres long.

The interior gets a Wi-Fi hotspot function and the latest MMI infotainment control system, but is otherwise much as before.

However, under the bonnet the changes are somewhat more significant.

Audi will have new 3-cylinder diesel and petrol engines available for the A1 – a 1.0 litre petrol unit with 71 kW will power the base models; also available will be a 1.4 litre common-rail diesel with 67 kW (and boasting fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100km).

Step higher up in the range, and buyers can opt for a 1.4 litre direct injection petrol unit in two stages of tune: a 92 kW version and a 110kW version featuring cylinder deactivation.

There is also a 1.6 litre diesel with a respectable 85kW on tap, and a 1.8 petrol with 141 kW.

And that’s not the end of the list (Audi is a German manufacturer remember... too many models isn’t half enough). At the top of the tree is the range-topping S1 and S1 Sportback with a stout 172kW on offer from the familiar 2.0 litre TFSI engine.

But is it quick? It will haul you from stop to 100 km/h on the freeway on-ramp in just 5.8 seconds.

We’ll get a look at it later next year.

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