New larger Audi A1 unveiled, due November
30th June 2018
Audi has published the first official photos and details of the new A1, due to launch in the UK this November.
Redesigned from the tarmac up, the second-generation A1 is much bigger than the original car, stretching for 4.03 metres – 56mm more than before.
That’s just as well, because the littlest Audi will only be available as a five-door Sportback, with three-door variants no longer being an option.
Width and height are pretty much the same as before – at 1.74 metres and 1.41 metres respectively – and the supermini still has that low-slung stance with a wide track and short overhangs.
That extra length means the A1 can offer more boot space than before, with luggage capacity growing by 65 litres to 335 litres – 1,090 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
Under the bonnet is one of three TFSI petrol engines: a 143bhp one-litre three-cylinder unit (named 30), a 148bhp 1.5-litre four-pot engine (35), and a 197bhp two-litre option.
A smaller TFSI engine with 94bhp will be added the range as the A1’s entry-point engine shortly after the car launches.
Each engine can be linked to either a manual gearbox or the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, with the exception of the 197bhp two-litre petrol, which comes linked to a six-speed S tronic transmission as standard.
Spec-wise, equipment will be split over three trim levels: SE, Sport and S line.
Full spec lists haven’t been published yet, but Audi says even the entry-level SE version will be well-equipped, featuring a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel as standard.
Range-topping S line models add styling flourishes such as larger air inlets, striking twin tailpipes, additional sill trims, an elongated slit centrally below the bonnet with two fins and a larger rear wing.
You can order the new A1 from September and expect to have the keys around November.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The A1 is one of the smartest compact cars on the market and the second-gen model will keep it that way for some time.”back