The original Audi A1 debuted in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Now, the new model is making its debut – and just like the original, we lust after this handsome hatch. The base model comes powered by two engine options – either a three- or four-cylinder option – producing up to 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts), without an S badge.
The A1 hatchback wasn’t the only thing on display at the Audi stand in Paris. Ingolstadt also showed off its sporty SQ2 crossover. Packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine, the feisty four-door produces 296 horsepower (220 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. With power routed through a dual-clutch, seven-speed S Tronic gearbox, the SQ2 can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.8 seconds. Just don’t expect it or its standard Q2 sibling in the States.
Hyundai i30 Fastback N
Thankfully, American buyers can take home the hot Veloster N hatchback. But if you want a four-door with the same sporty treatment, you’ll need a second home abroad. Hyundai debuted the i30 Fastback N in Paris, available with either with either 246 horsepower (183 kilowatts) or 271 horsepower (202 kilowatts), if you spec the Performance Package. The go-fast Fastback needs just 6.4 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kmh).
Kia Ceed GT
Kia has been teasing us with the charming Ceed (previously: C’eed) since 2006 – but this new model is the hottest GT model yet. The new Ceed GT made its debut in Paris this week. But like most European hot hatchbacks, it won’t be making its way across the pond. Power comes courtesy of a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing 201 horsepower (149 kilowatts).
Kia Proceed / GT
Alongside the five-door Ceed GT, the sleek Proceed shooting brake and Proceed GT made their debuts in Paris this week as well. The base Proceed comes with two engine options – 1.0- and 1.4-liter options – and the hot Proceed GT packs the same turbocharged 1.6-liter engine on the Ceed GT. That hot wagon produces 201 horsepower (149 kilowatts).
In the U.S., buyers have the handsome Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan to choose from. Unfortunately, neither the five-door version, nor its hot AMG option will make their way Stateside (rumors suggest we could see an AMG sedan, though). This hot hatch comes powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) and sprints to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.7 seconds.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class may not be the most talked-about debut in Paris, but the funky five-door has tons of new features that would make sense here in the States, including semi-autonomous tech borrowed from the S-Class. The B-Class also gets a 10.25-inch MBUX infotainment display and a trio of gas and diesel engine options with power upwards of 188 horsepower (140 kilowatts).
Peugeot 508 SW
Like the Kia Proceed, the Peugeot 508 SW is a sleek, sexy station wagon we won’t get in the U.S. Sigh. But European buyers get the First Edition of the shooting brake with options like a 1.6-liter gas engine producing 221 horsepower (165 kilowatts), a Nappa leather-appointed cabin, and 19-inch two-tone wheels.
Skoda Kodiaq RS
The closest thing American buyers can get to a Skoda Kodiaq is the Volkswagen Tiguan (the two SUVs share the same platform). But don’t expect a go-fast version of the American V-Dub. Under the hood of the Kodiaq RS is the same twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the VW Passat, producing 236 horsepower (175 kilowatts) and a 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque.
The Suzuki Jimny has been one of the more talked about Paris debuts thus far. But the plucky little SUV won’t be available in the U.S. European buyers lucky enough to purchase the tiny SUV can take advantage of the Jimny’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) and 96 pound-feet (130 Newton-meters) of torque.
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