Order books for the new much-anticipated Audi A1 city car have opened.
The smallest model in the Audi range, the A1 will be priced from £13,145 to £18,280 and the first deliveries will be made in late 2010.
Three trim levels – SE, Sport and S line – are available, and Audi has chosen to follow the current trend for small-capacity turbo power plants: 1.2-litre TFSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel engines are available across the range, while a 1.4 TFSI will also be offered with Sport and S line models.
Standard features include stop-start and energy recuperation, 15-inch alloy wheels, air-con, an MP3-compatible stereo with a 6.5-inch screen and ESP stability control. Sport models add larger wheels, sports suspension and seats and Bluetooth, while the S-line gets the largest (17-inch) wheels, upgraded suspension and half-leather interior trim.
Audi A1 engines
The new 1.2 TFSI uses a five-speed manual gearbox and has 85bhp, giving it a 0-62mph time of 11.7 seconds. The 120bhp 1.4 TFSI engine is the most powerful and can be matched with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch set-up (a £1,420 option), which gives a 8.9 second 0-62mph sprint time and a 126mph top speed.
The 103bhp 1.6-litre diesel also uses a five-speed manual gearbox and it has by far the most torque (pulling power) with 250Nm on tap from low down in the rev range.
Befitting a small, hi-tech city car, each of the three engines is pretty green, with CO2 emissions ranging from 119g/km in the 1.4 TFSI down to 105g/km in the diesel. That means the first year’s car tax will be free, costing either £20 or £30 per year from then on. Fuel economy is also impressive, ranging from 54.3mpg in the 1.4 petrol to a very high claimed figure of 70.6mpg in the diesel.
A1 optional extras
Xenon headlamps with Audi’s trademark LED daytime running lights will be available for the A1, alongside other upgrades like a BOSE sound system including LED-lit speakers, DAB radio, the Audi Music Interface which gives you full control of your iPod from the stereo, cruise and parking distance controls and MMI sat-nav – which includes 20GB of storage for music.
And like the small Audi’s main rivals, the Mini and Fiat 500, it will be offered with plenty of colourful customisation options for both the outside and inside in an effort to make each A1 as unique as possible.
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