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Audi reveals all-new Audi A1 Sportback

Audi has unveiled its latest A1 supermini, which has grown in size and has been given more connectivity than before.

Vast improvements have been made to the A1’s infotainment levels and comes in-line with some of the brand’s more luxurious models, as well as more advanced safety aids than fitted previously.

The supermini is now entering second-generation, with the first model reaching showrooms in 2010 and becoming a big seller for the German brand as a rival for the Mini Hatch.

Infotainment and connectivity is key on the new A1, as all models come with a digital instrument cluster as well as an 8.8-inch infotainment display, while the Virtual Cockpit is available as an option. Audi’s MMI system comes as standard, while sat-nav is available on top models – this system providing live traffic updates, 3D maps and up to four map updates a year for free. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available across the range.

Its greater dimensions also allow for further legroom and boot space – 65 litres more than before – while as part of the Volkswagen Group’s abandonment of three-door models, the A1 will solely come as a five-door Sportback.

It’s also a lot more customisable than before, with buyers able to mix and match between SE, Sport and S-Line trim levels. There will also be a launch-spec Edition car which comes with 18-inch wheels painted in bronze, white or black along with tinted LED headlights.

As for safety, lane departure warning tech is offered across the range, along with a speed limiter and autonomous emergency braking. It will be the first A1 to be offered with a reversing camera, while park assist is also an option to help with bay and parallel parking.

No diesels will be available from launch, with the petrol units ranging from 94bhp to 197bhp, with all but the range-topping engine being offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed-automatic ‘box.

Order books for the new A1 Sportback will open from September.

Ted Welford

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June 20, 2018

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