FIRST FOR AUDI: The facelifted A1 range, set to arrive locally in May 2015, sports Audi's first three-cylinder units. Image: Audidd
• Revised A1 and A1 Sportback
• New three-cylinder units
• Set to arrive in SA in May 2015
Audi will refresh its A1 line-up with a facelifted hatchback and sportback version set to arrive in South Africa in May 2015.
The revised A1 sports style tweaks throughout and is equipped with a new three-cylinder engine – the first petrol unit with this configuration to be installed in an Audi.
Its new three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI petrol and 1.4 TDI engines will also be used in the Audi A3 range.
The three- and five-door cars each have a flatter and wider single-frame grille, redesigned bumpers, new alloy rims and a choice of new colours.
The 70kW/160Nm turbocharged petrol engine, replaces the 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit. The new engine has a claimed fuel consumption of 3.4-litres/100km when linked to a five-speed manual or 3.6-litres with an S tronic transmission, equating to emissions of 97g/km and 102g/km respectively.
When mated to a five-speed manual, it reaches 100km/h in 10.9 seconds, regardless of bodystyle.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi A1
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi A1 Sportback
The facelifted A1 is also equipped with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the highlight being a 140kW 1.8 TFSI petrol turbo used in the Volkswagen Polo GTI. All versions are front-wheel drive except for the all-wheel drive S1 units.
Depending on version, engines can be mated to a either a five- or six-speed manual and for the first time all, including the 1.6 TDI, can be equipped with a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch auto.
The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback are powered by a two-litre TFSI capable of 170kW/370Nm.
The 1.6 TDI retains its position as the most frugal option in the updated range, with fuel consumption improved from now benefits from an economy boost from 3.1 to 2.9-litres/100km and a reduction in emissions from 99g/km to 92g/km (both body styles).
SE, SPORT, S LINE
In Europe the range comprises SE (comfort orientated), Sport (firmer suspension) and S line (lowered suspension). A new suspension option (including adjustable dampers) and Audi Drive Select will be available for Sport variants and above.
The new three-cylinder petrol is available in either SE or Sport specification, each includes alloy rims, central locking, aircon, powered windows, powered side-mirrors and a six-speaker audio system with Aux connectivity linked to a 16.5cm retractable display.
A secondary collision braking assistance system has been added. The system can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risk of skidding and additional collisions during a crash.
Key upgrades new to the 2015 Sport specification include Audi Music Interface and SD card- based satnav. Sport versions have 16” alloys, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth and driver information system. S line versions gain xenons with LED daytime running lights, rear LEDs, 17” alloys and S line exterior and interior details.
Its sports suspension (standard on Sport units) has been revised to increase its absorbency but customers can replace it with the more supple setup used in SE versions.
Buyers can customise their A1 with additional option packs which adds a sunroof, park assist, interior LEDs, satnav, cellphone connectivity and internet services via Audi connect. The new Tech pack adds Audi connect, combining a 40GB hard drive for upgraded satnav and music storage with a higher-resolution colour monitor.
SPRUCED INTERIOR: Inside, the facelifted A1 benefits from chromed and black detailing and new upholstery choices, among them an Alcantara blend. Image: AUDI