Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Audi drive select
  • Electro-mechanical PAS
  • Low washer fluid indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Additional SD card reader
  • Audi music interface
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heat insulating glass
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel
  • Adjustable rear head restraints
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Door sills with aluminium inlays
  • Front floor mats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather handbrake
  • Lumbar adjustment for front seats
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Split folding rear seats

Packs

  • Connectivity pack - A1

Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Brake assist
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EDL
  • ESP with ASR
  • First aid kit
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle

Security

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO

0.113

CO2 (g/km)

97

HC

0.019

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

72

NOx

0.05

Particles

0.0001

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1598

Compression Ratio

16.2:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

79.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

80.5

Engine Code

CXM

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

76.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

88.3

EC Urban (mpg)

62.8

General

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

116

Based On ID

Coin Description

TDI

Coin Series

Sport

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

19E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.5

Engine Power - BHP

116

Engine Power - KW

85

Engine Power - RPM

3500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

26

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

124

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/45 R16

Tyre Size Rear

215/45 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 SPOKE

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1422

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3973

Wheelbase

2469

Width

1746

Width (including mirrors)

1906

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

Gross Vehicle Weight

1695

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

920

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

270

Max. Loading Weight

520

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

620

Minimum Kerbweight

1175

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.7

Summary

The A1 Sportback still looks a smart premium supermini contender and makes a lot of sense when fitted with its entry-level three-cylinder 1.0-litre powerplant. If you're going to charge premium prices, you need to deliver premium engineering. Vorsprung durch technik and all that. The 1.0-litre unit does. Downsizing is all about buying a smaller car but without having to be constantly reminded of it with an uncomfortable ride, practicality compromises and a lack of creature comforts. This A1 might command a hefty asking price but most owners aren't complaining about the value it delivers. That doesn't look like changing.

Background

Every once in a while, a car manufacturer launches a vehicle that unexpectedly takes off. The Audi A1 Sportback is just such an example. Okay, so Audi has been trying to fill so many micro-niches for so long that it was bound to hit upon something that resonated with UK buyers, but that's another discussion for another time. The A1 Sportback instantly appealed to those who liked the dinky three-door A1 but couldn't make a car quite that small fit into their lives. People with kids in other words. Where the A1 was clever was in recognising that just because people wanted a small car, it didn't mean that they couldn't afford a bigger one. They just wanted something manageably-sized with all of the luxury and refinement of a larger car for use in cities. The A1 Sportback delivered all of that and rear seats you could use without putting your back out. It's still an attractive choice.

Driving Experience

The big news for the A1 Sportback in recent times has been the introduction of a tiny 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine, this triple developing a punchy 95PS. This slots in below a turbocharged 1.4-litre TFSI unit with 125PS. Diesel customers are served by a 1.6-litre TDI with 116PS. Depending on version, all engines are linked to either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission as standard, and all, including the 1.6 TDI, are also available with the option of a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission. At the top of the range sits the S1 quattro hot hatch model with a 231PS 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit. Audi has upgraded the steering in more recent A1 models, the electromechanical system delivering a more faithful level of speed-sensitive assistance. Both the steering and the optional suspension with adjustable damping are controllable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which is these days a standard feature for A1 Sport models upwards. It allows the driver to vary the weighting or the damping characteristics across three modes - auto, dynamic and efficiency - and it can also adjust the operating parameters of the engine and the S tronic transmission, where this is fitted. There's also an adaptive suspension option including adjustable dampers available for Sport models and above. At the top of the range, the ballistic S1 will dust off the sprint to 62mph in just 5.8 seconds.

Design and Build

Although the silhouette isn't quite as pure as that of the three-door A1, this Sportback model is still a handsome thing. It measures six millimetres taller and six millimetres wider than the three-door model, and inside offers a smidgeon more head and shoulder room as a result. It also makes provision for a third passenger in the back, although it's a squeeze for adults. Luggage capacity is on a par with the three-door A1, at 270-litres with the backrests of the standard split/folding rear seat in place - or 920-litres with the seat folded. The retractable head restraints don't have to be removed to do this. The loading lip is a comfortably low 66cms and stowage can be further simplified by an optional luggage package which features divided storage compartments under the loading floor to prevent your bottles of Coke scrambling your eggs on the way home. The cabin is quiet and maturely finished with no speedometers the size of dinner plates or garish graphics. Audi contend that if you're downsizing from a bigger car, you expect big car sophistication and the A1 serves that up in spades. Everything is soft touch, silicon-damped and consistent in feel and design. There's plenty of chrome and high gloss black detailing, plus classy upholstery choices including an Alcantara and leather blend and a wide range of upholstery colours, such as Laser blue for Sport models and Rotor grey for S line models.

Market and Model

The A1 Sportback adds £620 to the price of the three-door car, which seems sterling value for money by comparison. This means that you'll pay from just over £16,000 for the 1.0 TFSI in SE trim. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display. A secondary collision brake assist system is also available, which can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident. From there, buyers can step up to Sport trim - or S line-spec at the top of the range. The S tronic twin-clutch transmission might seem an expensive toy for just over £1,500 more, but once you've sampled it - especially in a car built for cities - you really won't want to revert to a manual.

Cost of Ownership

There's been a concerted drive to efficiency in this latest A1, and nowhere is that more clearly demonstrated than in the replacement of the 1.2 TFSI with the 1.0 TFSI engine. The newer three-pot engine is capable of returning at least 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, which easily betters the old powerplant's 118g/km and 55mpg showing. The 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engines don't do too badly either, with the standard 125PS unit emitting 115g/km and that clever Cylinder-on-Demand technology shaving that number down to 112g/km, despite packing 150PS. The 1.6 TDI retains its place as the efficiency trailblazer in the range, with CO2 output in this latest version reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km and economy potential increased from 74.3mpg to up to 80.7mpg. The evolutionary styling of this mildly facelifted model isn't going to send residuals of older A1s swirling down the gurgler, which will come as some relief if you're an existing owner, and should help protect the value of your trade in if you fancied chopping it in against a new version.