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Audi A1 SPORTBACK 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic

Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
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Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A1 30 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG58.90
  • 0-62mph9.4 secs
  • Top Speed126 mph
  • C02110 g/km
  • BHP116
  • Torque148 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

The Audi A1 has firmly established itself as the ultimate supermini - the essence of democratic down-sizing. This second generation A1 Sportback is smarter, more efficient and better-equipped - and remains a seductive package for small car buyers. Luxury makers often cut corners to drive down the cost of their smaller models and it shows. Not Audi. In any form you choose, this A1 Sportback will always feel reassuringly expensive. Let's try it in 30 TFSI guise.

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With the original A1, this Ingolstadt maker pioneered the idea of a premium supermini. With this second generation version, they aim to perfect it. Jonathan Crouch tries the 30 TFSI variant.

Background

In developing this car, Audi wanted to better replicate some of the sportiness of a rival MINI Hatch 5-Door. And, at the same time, inject into this car a level of comfort and technology never previously seen in the supermini segment. Which is why this MK2-series A1 standardises features like a fully-digitalised instrument cluster, full-LED headlights and the kind of advanced infotainment and camera-driven safety tech you wouldn't expect to find on a supermini-sized car. The A1 only comes in this five-door Sportback form this time round and, as before, shares all its core engineering with other Volkswagen Group superminis - namely the Volkswagen Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. So, like those cars, this one features the Wolfsburg conglomerate's latest MQB-A0 platform. Being stiffer, smarter and lighter, this should allow for more engaging driving dynamics - which was a key missing attribute with this car's predecessor. It all sounds quite promising. Let's see what the smallest expression of 'Vorsprung durch tecknik' can now deliver at the wheel of the most popular 30 TFSI variant.

Driving Experience

You sense right from the outset in driving this second generation A1 that it's a car with quite a bit more of its own personality, even though - as before - all the engineering is still of Polo parentage. The steering's probably the biggest change. It could still use a bit more feel but it's much sharper than before and allows you to place the car exactly where you want it through the bends; clearly the development team were looking to go some way towards the drive dynamics of a rival MINI 5-Door Hatch. But not all the way. Audi buyers wouldn't want that MINI model's firm ride, notchy gearbox and questionable levels of refinement and none of those things are served up here. Engine-wise, the A1 range kicks off with the '25 TFSI' derivative, which has a 1.0-litre three cylinder powerplant offering 95PS, but the vast majority of likely buyers will prefer the '30 TFSI' model we're trying here, which uses a 116PS version of the same engine. With this variant, rest to 62mph occupies 9.5s en route to 126mph; or, to put it another way, not quite as fast as the MINI Cooper 5-Door Hatch, but quicker than the MINI One model - which you sense was the kind of compromise that Audi was aiming at.

Design and Build

Audi's designers were treading a fine line here. The people who didn't buy the original version of this model and chose a 5-Door MINI instead were looking for something more distinctive and fashionable. With this second generation A1, Ingolstadt wanted to better please these people - while continuing to satisfy those who liked this model precisely because of its 'Russian doll' Audi brand authenticity. This time round, there's no three-door body style because only 20% of buyers of the previous generation model wanted that; the five-door 'Sportback' format that remains is 6mm narrower and 13mm lower than before, as part of Audi's efforts to make the shape more interesting. Enter in through the long doors and you'll discover what you probably will have expected to find: the smartest cabin in the class. You don't of course get the double screens on the centre console that would feature in Audi's larger models. But the smart graphics from that swanky set-up feature and, for the first time on any small car, there's the standard fitment of a digital instrument screen to replace conventional dials. Surrounding all of this is a dashboard that exudes solid quality and has some lovely touches, providing you specify your car with a bit of care. In the back, you'll find enough space for a couple of six-footers to sit behind comparably-sized adults in the front, though knees will be brushing the seat backs in front. Out back, there's a decently-sized 335-litre boot.

Market and Model

Pricing for the 30 TFSI sits in the £18,500 to £23,500 bracket. As usual with Audi, there are three main trim options - base 'SE', mid-range 'Sport' and the top 'S line' version, with price premiums of around £1,500 between each level. You'll be offered the chance to pay just over £1,500 more to upgrade to 7-speed S tronic auto transmission if you want to. As for equipment, well for this second generation model range, Ingolstadt has standardised two key features - full-LED headlights and tail lamps; and a fully-digital instrument cluster - quite a large one too, 10.25-inches in size. Other standard features on the base 'SE'-spec models include 15-inch '5-arm'-design alloy wheels, auto headlamps and wipers, heat-insulating glass, power-adjustable heated mirrors and an anti-theft alarm. Inside, you get a 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, leather for the hand brake and gear knob, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a speed limiter 'speed warning' system that allows a maximum speed to be set so you can take steps to preserve your licence on highways or in congested urban areas festooned with traffic cameras. Plus there's a comprehensive level of infotainment, courtesy of an 8.8-inch 'MMI Radio Plus' centre-dash screen incorporating 'MMI Touch'. This set-up includes voice control, a 6-speaker DAB audio system, a Bluetooth interface and the 'Audi Smartphone interface' which works with the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring systems.

Cost of Ownership

Both versions of the three cylinder 1.0-litre unit, the '25 TFSI' and the '30 TFSI', return very similar efficiency stats; in the case of the '30 TFSI' with 'SE' trim, a manual gearbox and 15-inch wheels, you're looking at up to 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 108g/km of CO2, which means a Benefit-in-Kind tax rating of 22%. Compare this to what you'd get from a rival MINI 5-Door Hatch in either MINI One or MINI Cooper form - up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle, up to 119g/km of CO2 and a Benefit-in-Kind rating of 25%. That's quite a difference. We should point out that if you order your A1 '30 TFSI' with ritzier 'S line' trim and larger wheels, you'll hit the readings we just gave you by around 5%. Adding in the S tronic auto gearbox has no impact on the CO2 figures, but hits the fuel result by around 10%. As for maintenance, well servicing your A1 Sportback should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's larger cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage.

Summary

Audi knows just what kind of person is likely to buy this A1. Someone who wants an entry point into the world of German luxury motoring. A car with its own styling personality and a cabin appointed with the kind of care and sophistication you'd expect from a premium brand. Shared engineering doesn't matter, as long as it's well disguised. Perceived quality absolutely does. The A1 Sportback delivers precisely to this brief and if you've ever wondered just how much style and luxury is really possible in a really small car, then it's worth trying one. It can't quite entertain like a MINI. Plus it's less interesting to look at - and probably a touch less personalisable too. On the other hand though, the A1 is more refined, has a much better quality of ride and is usefully larger inside. All of which will matter to likely buyers. But not quite as much as the fact that if you climb out of an A4 or an A6 into one of these, the feeling will be much the same. The essence of a large luxury car really has been distilled into a smaller, more accessible one. Just as Audi promised.

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Entertainment
6 passive loudspeakers
1 x SDXC card reader
1 x USB type C and 1 USB type A charging points
DAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 8.8" colour MMI display screen and MMI touch
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrors
Electric front and rear windows
Electrically adjustable, heated, folding door mirrors with integrated LED side indicator
Front side air inlets in grained matt black and C frame in titanium black
Heat insulating glass windscreen and side windows
Heated rear windscreen
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators + headlight adjustment and high beam, turning light + LED daytime running lights
Radiator grille and rear diffuser in matt titanium black
Radiator protective grille frame in matt aluminium silver
Rain and light sensors
Rear fog lights
Rear wiper
Scandium grey tailpipe trim
Side front spoiler lips in grained matt black
Slate grey inlays polygon structure in fine paint finish
Interior Features
3 spoke leather multifunction plus steering wheel
Manual air conditioning
Tool kit
12V socket in centre console with two cup holders
3 rear seats with headrests
40:60 Split folding rear seat or folded fully
Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
Driver and passenger seat with manual height adjust with forward and backwards adjustment
Front head restraints
Front/rear floor mats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger and outer rear seats including top tether attachment point of outer rear seats
Leather gear knob with aluminium trim
Leatherette handbrake grip
Luggage compartment light with front and rear reading lights
Manually adjustable lumbar support in front seats
Novum cloth upholstery with front sport seats
Titanium grey cloth headlining
Wheels
16" 10 spoke turbine design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Driver Convenience
10.25" Digital instrument cluster display classis style instrument dials + speed,odometer,time,outside temperature,telephone menu + fuel level warning
Audi connect safety emergency and service including E-call
Audi drive select - power steering assistance + engine + gear shift 3 preset modes (auto, dynamic, efficiency and an Individual mode)
Audi smartphone interface with connects compatible smartphone + USB directly MMI display + Nav,music and third party apps controlled + MMI controller
Automatic start/stop system
Bluetooth interface
Cruise control
Driver's information system
Electromechanical power steering
Lane departure warning system
Rear parking sensor
Service interval indicator
Speed limiter
Voice control system
Washer fluid level indicator
Packs
Luggage compartment pack - A1
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Brake assist function
Driver and front passenger airbag with front side and head airbags
Electronic Stability Control including ABS, EBD, ASR and EDL
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Hill hold assist
Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning light
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti theft wheel bolts and loose wheel warning
Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition
Immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 foldaway keys
Technical
Dynamic suspension
Trim
Aluminium trim for control switches, air vents and digital instrument cluster
Silver grey accent areas including air vents, door handle recesses and centre console in diamond paint finish
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 112
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 141
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 999
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 74.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 76.4
Engine Code GBABNG
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 47.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.0
Badge Power 116
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series Sport
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 73
NCAP Safety Assist % 80
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 19000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.4
Engine Power - BHP 116
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 148
Engine Torque - MKG 20.4
Engine Torque - NM 200
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 126
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 195/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear 195/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 10 SPOKE
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1409
Length 4029
Wheelbase 2563
Width 1740
Width (including mirrors) 1940
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 40
Gross Vehicle Weight 1680
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1090
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 335
Max. Loading Weight 555
Minimum Kerbweight 1125
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.5

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist including rear cross-traffic assist £75.00
Exterior Features
Contrast roof - Manhattan grey £425.00
Contrast roof - Mythos black £425.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Special paint £575.00
Interior Features
3 spoke flat bottomed multi-function leather steering wheel with paddle shift £250.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A1 Sportback £1,150.00
Plus pack - A1 Sportback £695.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Firmament blue £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Python yellow £575.00
Pearl - Arrow Grey £575.00
Pearl - Misano Red £575.00
Solid - Shell white FOC
Special solid - Tioman green £575.00
Trim
Novum cloth - Granite grey steel grey contrast stitching + front sport seats FOC
Novum cloth - Granite grey with mint contrast + front sport seats FOC
Wheels
16" 10 Spoke design alloy wheels £250.00
17" 5 arm star design alloy wheels £750.00
Space saving spare wheel £100.00
Tool kit and Jack £25.00
* option prices shown are estimated