Audi A1 Sportback 2018 : our impressions to the edge of the new A1

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First appearance to the public at large of the new, small Audi A1.

There is a crowd at Audi to admire all the new features including the new A1 Sportback. Bright red or grey, her dress attracts attention. But beyond appearances, what does she have again ?

First walkabout for the sedan range from Audi at World Car of 2018. In addition to the version in grey livery ” First Edition “ that we discovered in June of last year, an Audi A1 Sportback in red attracts attention. Bright green in color contrast with a black roof like the logos on the front and rear rims white with regard to it to the logos side. This little sport is really identifiable from all sides !

 

An A1-style, very athletic

Moreover, the filiation with the coupe Audi Quattro Sport, a beast of rallies in the 1980s, is skilfully cultivated. The three holes at the junction between the hood and the grille are the relatives most marked between the two cars. Then, the air inlets to both sides of the single frame grille, failing to be fully functional, in any case, generously sized.

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The sportiness is not feigned and the dress of the auto setting on the dynamism. The female clientele will be a little lost, the one male should be filled. You will still have to wait a few months to see versions look less manly.

Audi wanted to immediately mark the spirits. Back view, its design is a little less inspired, where at the very least, copy a little of what happens next, at BMW. The design of the lights in an ” L ” shape monkey indeed, the achievements of the firm of Munich. But nothing serious, as far as lighting, the lenses feature a light signature discontinuous that is typically Audi. The honor is except !

A cockpit digital Audi A1

If the first generation of the Audi A1 was built on a dashboard that is very sleek in design air, this second release offers a realization of the clearly more massive. It is necessary to accommodate the slabs to digital !

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The one in front of the driver, this is the famous virtual cockpit released in 2014 by the Audi TT, and now generalized to the entire range. The other is the touch screen in the center of the dashboard. It size 8.8-inch entry-level, and enters the 10.1-inch on the finishes the most exclusive. This set of high-tech is very rewarding especially since it can also be personalized using coloured touches at the level of the aerators, and the other of the steering wheel, and also at the foot of the central console, as is the case on the SUV Audi Q2.

Only downside, the whole looks very much like the new Volkswagen Polo. While this was not the case for the previous generation. And to drive the point home, the hard plastics in the lower parts, around the hand brake lever and between the seats are not very rewarding. Fortunately we do not see them while driving.

The Audi A1 has grown

When full ed of 8 cm, the new A1 reached 4,03 m, and it is now only available in silhouette with 5 doors. The template is similar to that of its cousins technical Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza and will also be a neighbor of the lengths of the future Peugeot 208 2 and Renault Clio 5 who will arrive in 2019. Rivals generalists, because the Audi A1 Sportback will have no direct competitors in the sphere of premium with the exception of the Mini. And by his side the sedan DS3 will pass the hand to the SUV DS3 Crossback.

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Anyway, these extra inches, and the second pair of doors, now imposed, are enjoyed to the rear seats. The space is correct to accommodate two adults. In addition, the installation is easy. Another benefit of this increase, the volume of trunk that wins 65 litres to accommodate the final 335 litres of cargo. And also, the luggage compartment gains in width with a meter useful, which can accommodate a stroller.

An engine of 116 hp at the launch Audi A1

The new Audi A1 Sportback will be released in November 2018. A single engine is expected to launch, this is the block 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder box 116 ch that animates, according to the new nomenclature in force in the range, the Audi A1 30 TFSI. Prices start at 23 € 470,- finish Design and reach 30 € 470, Design Luxury (Read the price of the small A1). Also note, that there will be no diesel or quattro drivetrain in the program.

 

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