- Pricing starts at $32,350
- Three variants, each with their own engine
- New colours and equipment packages
- More interior and boot space
Audi has finally welcomed the new A1 after of series of supply hiccups throughout 2019 thanks to WLTP homologation delays.
While newcomers like the fresh Q3 and E-Tron as well as Audi favourites like the RS3 have been either delayed or stopped altogether (with sales hurting as a result), the introduction of the A1 and Q3 signifies that the brand is back on track.
The all-new A1 shakes the cutesy looks of old, ushering in a number of sporty design cues taken directly from the legendary Audi Sport Quattro of the 80s.
“Through its bolder presence and striking new design, the all-new A1 Sportback makes a much more dynamic impact,” said Shawn Ticehurst, director of product planning & pricing at Audi Australia.
“The new A1 is much bigger, and its innovative technology has the ability to seamlessly integrate with our modern world, and we’re really excited about its potential.”
Audi says 70 percent of previous A1 buyers counted design as being a major drawcard to the purchase of an A1, so in addition to a heavily redesigned car, the new A1 will be offered with a number of new colours and packages too.
Three variants featuring three different engines will be on offer for Australia, with the range starting at $32,350 for the 30 TFSI, growing to $35,290 for the 35 TFSI and ending at $46,450 for the 40 TFSI topper.
Much like the Volkswagen Polo on which it’s based, the A1 has grown in size by almost a segment. It’s now 56 millimetres longer than before, but the wheelbase is stretched by a full 94mm allowing for a roomier interior. The boot has been expanded by 65 litres to a 335-litre total and it’s also shorter while supplying more headroom.
The new A1 also promises to be more tech-savvy than ever, as each A1 receives an 8.8-inch touchscreen plus a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as standard. Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available, plus two USB outlets (one USB type A, one USB type C) feature up front.
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Like the previous generation, each variant of the Audi A1 will get its own engine.
Starting the trio is the 30 TFSI powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that outputs 85kW and 200Nm. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.4 L/100km.
Moving up, the 35 TFSI gains a cylinder and some extra pep, equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 110kW and a peak torque figure of 250Nm.
Audi rounds out the new A1 range with the 40 TFSI which it intends as the performance hero. Backing up that claim is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 147kW/320Nm and a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds.
The 30 TFSI and 35 TFSI engines both receive seven-speed dual-clutch automatics while the 40 TFSI has one fewer ratios with a six-speed transmission.
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In terms of kit, the 30 TFSI will come fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, digital radio, an 80W six-speaker audio system and a multi-function steering wheels with cruise control and speed limiter.
Topping that, the 35 TFSI gets 17-inch alloy wheels plus convenience features like keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
Audi’s A1 40 TFSI features 18-inch alloys along with an S line exterior as standard, LED headlgiths and dynamic indicators, red brake calipers, dual-zone climate and sports front seats. It also receives Audi’s virtual cockpit instrument cluster display, 3D maps with Google Earth mapping and ability to use Apple CarPlay wirelessly.
Audi will offer a $2990 Style package for the 30 and 35 TFSI which adds LED headlights with dynamic indicators and one-size larger alloy wheels. The 35 TFSI is also available with a $3200 Technik package (MMI Navigation, virtual cockpit, wireless CarPlay, 180W sound system).
A $2990 Premium plus package (adaptive cruise control, park assist, Bang and Olufsen audio, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats) as well as a $1110 S line interior package (Alcantara/leatherette upholstery, black headliner, flat-bottom steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and silver grey inlays) is available for the 40 TFSI.
The Audi A1 has achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks in part to standard autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning with pre sense features and six airbags.
As an ownership proposition, the A1 will be offered with Audi’s service plan package which costs $1480 for three years or $1990 for five years and is able to be financed.
The Audi A1 is now available for sale, with initial customer deliveries scheduled for November.
2020 AUDI A1 PRICING
- A1 30 TFSI - $32,350
- A1 35 TFSI - $35,290
- A1 40 TFSI - $46,450
- Style pack (30 and 35 TFSI) - $2990
- Technik pack (35 TFSI) - $3200
- Premium Plus pack (40 TFSI) - $2990
- S line interior pack (40 TFSI) - $1100