Audi A1 Sportback

Designed to go up against competitors such as the Ford Focus and the Mini Cooper, the first Audi A1 was introduced in 2011 and launched in both three- and five-door body options. For 2015, the A1 receives a new facelift, a first for the A1, which adds a few visual tweaks but more importantly, some significant changes under the hood. Base MSRP $20,000


The new 2015 A1 is sportier than its predecessor due to a few exterior pieces being borrowed from the S1. Mild changes include a revised fascia that consists of a new pair of redesigned headlamps that were borrowed from the performance S1 version. This redesigned fascia is finished off with a new apron and reshaped grille inserts that compliment the rectangular fog lamps. At the rear, revised taillights and a new apron are perched atop a twin-pipe exhaust system. Newly designed wheels measure up to 18 inches give the A1 a sportier stance. Along with these new wheels, Audi offers a new color palette, optional colored air vents and body decals, and an optional roof arch or dome in contrasting color.


Unlike the outer facelift, the interior remains relatively unchanged from the A1’s predecessors. The only changes come in the form of updated interior lighting and an updated MMI infotainment system. Other interior options include the Audi connect module, enabling the driver or passengers to benefit from online services while also turning the 2015 A1 into a mobile WiFi hotspot. Still standard from previous models is the three-spoke sports steering wheel wrapped in fine Nappa leather with chrome inlays. A Bose Surround Sound system finishes off the interior’s list of premium features.


The 2015 Audi A1 is available with a plethora of engine options. The range includes four gasoline engines and two diesel engines. The range begins with a revised 1.0-liter three-cylinder, turbocharged engine producing 94 horsepower. Next comes the 1.4-liter TFSI, making 123 horsepower. This same engine is available with 148 horsepower as well for customers looking for a little more power. A 1.8-liter TFSI is at the top of the charts for the gasoline engines, producing 189 horsepower to the wheels. Paired to Audi’s S-Tronic gearbox, 60 mph can be reached in around 6.5 seconds. Two diesel engines are offered, a 1.4-liter three-banger and a 1.6-liter four cylinder. There is also a larger, 2.0-liter TFSI that produces 227 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. This beefed-up diesel reaches 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.


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