18 Jun 18

New Audi A1: a concentrate of technology, bye bye diesel

[updated on Wednesday June 20 at 3:30 PM CEST]

German premium design, materials and technology all wrapped up in a snazzy 4-metre-long hatchback: the second-generation Audi A1 is pulling out all the stops to please demanding urban customers with a soft spot for concentrated sophistication.

The design language of Audi’s new urban mini has clearly been inspired by the Q2, with the thick C pillar as prime example. The inside exudes the quality of a high-end smartphone, with its black touch screen, yet allows you to go for bright colours that match the outside. Physical buttons have been reduced dramatically, without however going as far as the Audi A6, evidently.

Based on the VW Polo, but no diesel

One of the original A1’s weak points was the lack of rear leg room and width. That should no longer be an issue with the new generation, which also gets a bigger boot (335 – 1,090 litres). The loading sill now sits at a more comfortable 67 cm. The new A1 rides on the same platform as the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza.

As to the powertrains: even though the aforementioned cousins of the A1 can be had with a 1.6 TDI, the baby Audi says nein to diesel. There are three petrol engines to choose from: a 1-litre 3-cylinder outputting 95 hp (25 TFSI) or 116 hp (30 TFSI), a 150-hp strong 1.5 four-cylinder with cylinder deactivation (30 TFSI) and a beefy 2-litre 40 TFSI yielding 200 hp.


Safety features from a higher class

The new A1 will not be cheap, but at leat the standard equipment comprises Lane Departure Warning, a speed limiter and Audi pre sense front. The latter is basically Audi lingo for AEB City with pedestrian recognition, a safety feature that can save costly repairs and avoid severe injuries.

Interestingly, you can also have the A1 fitted with an adaptive cruise control that has stop-and-go functionality in the case of the S-Tronic models.

The new A1 will no longer be built in Belgium (the Vorst factory will be producing the upcoming e-tron), but in Martorell, Spain. Indeed, that’s the home base of Seat. It will go on sale this summer, with first deliveries starting in the fall.

Picture copyright: Audi, 2018   


Authored by: Dieter Quartier