Audi’s entry car in the supermini class, the A1 is about to receive a new propulsion unit, under the form a new 3-cylinder petrol engine, the first of this kind for the German manufacturer.
First presented to the world in 2010, the little A1 has been sold in over half of million examples worldwide. In 2014, the premium car maker has decided to introduce a new engine to the line-up destined to power the small car.
Alongside the new engine treatment, the A1 has also received a refreshed exterior, together with some extra interior options.
The outside of the car still retains the signature mini-hatch figure that has been so well received, but it borrows from the more angular design that seems to dominate amongst the newer models of the company. The front grille is now sharper, larger and has horizontal silver strakes.
The headlamps have received a novel interpretation, while underneath, integrated in the front bumper, the air intakes and fog light housings are much more aggressive and flaunt more angles and corners than before. The rear bumper has also been reshaped and it includes a twin exhaust located on the left side, while the roof spoiler has increased in dimensions and changed its design.
The turbocharged, direct-injection 1.0 litre engine has a 3-cylinder configuration and its maximum power output is rated at 94 horsepower, 6 more than the old 1.2 litre 4-cylinder. Moreover, it returns better fuel economy and it has a lower level of carbon dioxide emissions. Other engine choices include a 1.4 litre turbo 4-cylinder that is capable of producing either 123 or 148 horsepower (depending on the configuration), as well as a 113 horsepower 1.6 litre TDI. Rest assured, as the top of the line S1 will still include the punch 228 horsepower power plant that has received rave reviews!
Transmission options include the already known 5 and 6-speed manual, but on request, a more modern addition can be mounted, that is, the 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox.
Body wise, the choice remains between a regular three door and the five door Sportback. A multitude of exterior hues have been added to the options list, together with a wide palette of interior elements, as well as a handful of new wheel designs, meant to keep the small car as attractive as possible.