Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Audi A1 Sportback

The Audi A1 Sportback front
The Audi A1 Sportback side
The Audi A1 Sportback back
The Audi A1 Sportback interior


The new Audi A1 Sportback is several millimeters wider and taller than its three-door sister model, offering 11 millimeters (0.43 in) more headroom and more comfortable access to the rear seat. The five-door model also has its own style when it comes to the color concept. The contrasting finish includes the entire roof and not just the roof arch.

The engine lineup offers a choice of four TFSI and three TDI units producing between 63 kW (86 hp) and 136 kW (185 hp). The 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp) will follow somewhat later. One particularly intriguing option among the gasoline engines is the 1.4 TFSI with 103 kW (140 hp), which will follow somewhat later. The included cylinder on demand system, which deactivates two cylinders under part load, gives the engine groundbreaking efficiency. The seven-speed S tronic is available as an option with three engines and comes standard with the top TFSI model. The dual-clutch transmission underscores the special position the model series occupies in its segment.

Engine lineup:
  • 1.2 TFSI with 63 kW (86 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 103 kW (140 hp), somewhat later
  • 1.4 TFSI with 136 kW (185 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI with 105 kW (143 hp), somewhat later
The five-door model comes standard with four seats, with a fifth seat available at no extra charge. There is an exhaustive list of customization options. The multimedia modules, which include the Bose surround sound system and MMI navigation plus, are particularly attractive. The high-end media center can be paired with the Bluetooth online car phone, which connectsthe A1 Sportback to the Internet. The integrated WLAN hotspot lets the passengers surf and e-mail.

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