All you need to know on the new Audi A1 Sportback

All you need to know on the new Audi A1 Sportback

The replacement for the compact Audi hatchback is here, but what are the key features about the new model? We take a look…

Since 2010, Audi has been wanting to stake its claim in the premium compact market with the A1, and the German brand has recently revealed the second generation version of the model.

With a much-changed design, Audi has made the A1 stand out more from the crowd, as well as reinvigorate the car with new technology and features.

But what do you need to know about the 2019 A1?

2018 Audi A1

New look both inside and out

Audi has ensured that the new A1 is bolder than ever and has given it a design that looks back to the brand’s quattro heritage. With sharper lines throughout the bodywork, there is also an additional air inlet along the bonnet – while large air intakes at the front give it a more aggressive look. Distinctive lighting and alloy designs further distinguish this A1 from its predecessor. Audi will only be offering the A1 in a five-door layout.

That sportiness continues inside, as Audi has ensured all of the main controls are angled towards the driver so that they are easier to control whilst on the go. A digital instrument display is also fitted as standard, which is a 10.25-inch screen and can be changed with controls on the multifunction steering wheel.

Multiple safety systems on offer

As with many new cars these days, safety systems feature heavily with the new A1. As standard, it comes with lane departure warning, a speed limiter, pre-sense front and automatic emergency braking – all of which provide plenty of security. Additional safety systems are on offer through the options list, with adaptive cruise control and park assists also available.

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Petrol engines only

Despite many of the previous A1 being fitted with diesel burners, the new A1 comes exclusively with petrol engines that are paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The top-spec 197bhp engine comes as standard with a six-speed automatic.

Good tech throughout

As mentioned before, the A1 comes with a digital instrument display rather than analogue dials, and on top of that Audi offers a wide range of additional features. With the central touchscreen infotainment display, customers can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the system can be paired with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Customers can also choose to fit the Navigation and Technology packs, with the latter adding Audi’s top-end Virtual Cockpit instrumentation screen, which sits in the instrument binnacle and can be fully customised by the driver.

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