The new Audi A1 Sportback redefines the compact segment. Its striking, masculine design with genes of the sporty Ur-quattro characterizes the second generation of the successful compact car. The interior is accordingly driver-focused, with its emotive, customizable design. “The sportiest interior in the compact class,” that was the stated aim. With its infotainment and driver assistance systems on a par with the full-size class, the A1 Sportback is firmly networked with the digital world.
The body of the new Audi A1 Sportback includes components made out of hot-formed steel that form the backbone of the passenger cell.
With S line equipment, Audi has emphasized the sporty character even more through numerous features.
Spacious, sporty, emotive. The new Audi A1 Sportback.
The wide track and short overhangs of the new Audi A1 Sportback provide for a taut, sporty look. The wide, low-placed Singleframe grille and the implied side air inlets dominate the distinctive front.
The new A1 Sportback also emphasizes a resemblance to the Audi Ur-quattro and Sport quattro when viewed from the side: The wide, flat sloping C-pillar seems to push the car forward even while standing still.
The dynamic segmentation motif also features in the rear lights to reinforce the instant recognizability of the A1 light graphics.
The driver assistance systems for the Audi A1 Sportback also come from the full-size class. They keep the compact car at the right distance from the car ahead, making it easier for the driver to maintain the lane and help with parking.
The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents comprehensive and diverse information such as animated navigation maps and graphics of some driver assistance systems in the driver’s direct field of vision.
The interior of the new Audi A1 Sportback is accordingly driver-focused, with its emotive, customizable design.
Eye-catching & masculine
The wide track and short overhangs provide for a taut, sporty look. The distinctive daytime running light graphics of the optional full-LED lights echo the dynamic wing shapes from sailing, known as hydrofoils. The design of the shutters for the main light functions also draws inspiration from sailing. The wing segments on the flanks create an impression of maximum width. A low-set, concentrated look in conjunction with the small rhombus segments in the top section of the headlights provides a sporty appearance.
Fully connected and always up to date: Infotainment and Audi connect
The new Audi A1 Sportback is fit for the digital future. Even the basic version comes standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel. The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents comprehensive and diverse information such as animated navigation maps and graphics of some driver assistance systems in the driver’s direct field of vision. The Audi smartphone interface ensures you are always well connected on board the new A1 Sportback. It integrates iOS and Android smartphones using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Music and acoustics aficionados will be pleased to find a Digital Audio Broadcasting tuner, the Audi sound system and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System.
Powerful and efficient: the engines
Whether running around town or going on a weekend excursion – its powerful engines in particular make driving the new Audi A1 Sportback so much fun. There is a choice of efficient gasoline engines with outputs ranging from 70 kW (95 hp) to 147 kW (200 hp). Turbocharging, direct injection and a particulate filter are standard.
Sporty, poised tuning: the suspension
The axle design of the new Audi A1 Sportback delivers agile handling and a sporty, poised driving experience. The front suspension is a McPherson construction; a compact, lightweight torsion beam axle is used at the rear. Besides the basic suspension, there is an option for a tauter sport suspension. Dynamic packages, individually configured for every engine version, bundle equipment options to give the A1 Sportback an even sportier trim. The “Basis” dynamic package for the entry-level gasoline version includes a sport suspension, red brake calipers and larger brake discs. Audi offers the “Performance” dynamic package for the other engine versions. This also includes red brake calipers and larger brake discs, as well as a suspension with adjustable dampers, a sound actuator and Audi drive select.
The driver assistance systems for the Audi A1 Sportback come from the full-size class: They keep the compact car at the right distance from the car ahead, making it easier for the driver to maintain the lane and help with parking. The standard lane departure warning helps the driver to keep the car in the lane from a speed of 65 km/h (40.4 mph). The adaptive speed assist keeps the Audi A1 Sportback at the desired distance from the vehicle ahead, while Audi pre sense front recognizes critical situations involving other vehicles, crossing pedestrians or cyclists ahead of the vehicle. With the new version of the park assist system, the A1 Sportback also parks forward into perpendicular parking spaces, maneuvering multiple times if necessary. The system also exits parallel parking spaces.
More space and comfort
The new A1 Sportback is much more spacious – making life much more comfortable for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Despite the compact exterior dimensions and the sporty roof line, adults in the rear seats still enjoy plenty of head and leg room.
In second generation: the new Audi A1 Sportback
The A1 Sportback has grown significantly in length – with an additional 56 millimeters (2.2 in), it now measures 4.03 meters (13.2 ft). At the same time, the width has remained almost the same at 1.74 (5.7 ft) meters. The new-generation model is only 1.41 meters (4.6 ft) in height – including aerial, the car is 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) tall.