Audi announces five-door A1 Sportback Premium equipment and added practicality for A1

23 November 2011

Audi A1 Sportback

These are the first images of the new Audi A1 Sportback

Audi’s A1 has already proved a match for the Mini Cooper with high levels of build quality and refinement. Now the German brand has launched a five-door A1 Sportback.

Audi A1 Sportback: premium appeal

Superminis are not usually known for their refinement or technology, but the five-door A1 Sportback carries over the premium feel that is so integral to the three-door A1.

The A1 Sportback inherits features from the Audi’s more expensive models to improve efficiency and is available with stop-start across the entire range.

Engines range from the 85bhp 1.2-litre TFSI petrol to the 104bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel, the latter returning a claimed 74.3mpg and emitting a car tax-evading 99g/km CO2.

The Sportback has a 6.5-inch multimedia interface screen, front and rear electric windows, air conditioning and a single CD audio system with MP3 compatibility as standard.

Options include Bluetooth telephone and music streaming, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo and provision for SD card-based satellite navigation.

Audi A1 Sportback

The five-door Audi A1 Sportback offers more practicality

Audi A1 Sportback: improved practicality

Audi has paid close attention to improving the A1’s ergonomics and packaging over the three-door variant, while keeping the car’s footprint broadly similar.

The Sportback stands six millimetres taller and six millimetres wider than its three-door cousin, offering a small amount of extra head- and shoulder-room, and allowing for three passengers in the back, as opposed to the three-door’s two-seat arrangement.

The roomier Sportback improves the A1’s versatility – one of the three-door’s significant drawbacks – while retaining its city-friendly dimensions.

Boot space remains the same as three-door model, at 270-litres with the seats up. This rises to 920-litres with the standard split/folding rear seat stowed.

Audi A1 Sportback

Exterior styling includes a contrast roof

Audi A1 Sportback: new exterior styling 

The A1 Sportback offers two new exterior styling options over the three-door car. It is available with a painted contrasting roof colour as opposed to the three-door’s roofline-only option.

The Sportback will also offer customers a 12th paint colour, Samoa Orange, which will be exclusive to five-door models.

Priced at £13,980 for the basic 1.2-litre TFSI SE manual, rising to £21,270 for the 1.4-litre TFSI S Line with S tronic gearbox, the A1 Sportback goes on sale later this month. Deliveries start in spring next year.

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