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The Audi A1 is a mean little compact that’s just received its mid-cycle update. It now sports a more aggressive look with bolder lines, edgier headlamps, and an overall aggressive stance. It’s a great little car that offers an array of three-cylinder engines, the smallest of which displaces just a liter of fuel.
The A1 comes with plenty of tech and comfort features, but since it’s right at the bottom of Audi’s luxury lineup you’ll have to pay for many extras that some other vehicles come with standard. For instance, it’s available with the top MMI navigation system but it comes as an extra. That same MMI unit also offers Audi Connect as well as the WiFi hotspot Internet feature. Audi Drive Select is another exciting feature that’s only available to this model as an option. The nice thing is that access is available to these features, even if it means you’ll be paying out a bit more to get them.
Power and Performance
For such a small vehicle the A1 can offer a lot of power. There are several different three-cylinder variants of the engines and the vehicle goes from 90 HP at the bottom of the range all the way up to 192 HP at the top. If you opt for the more portent S1 instead you’ll have 231 HP on tap, which is a pretty impressive figure for a car this small. The S1 can climb from 0 to 62 in just 5.9 seconds.
The car comes with a six speed manual transmission as standard, and it can be upgraded to the 7 speed S-Tronic dual transmission instead. Not only is this little car powerful, but at the lower performance levels it offers impressive fuel economy levels while still allowing top levels of comfort.
The latest update of the A1 offers more stiffness than before and comes with the option for Audi Quattro all-wheel technology to improve handling dramatically. With the Audi Drive-Select package you can also adjust the stiffness of steering and the suspension system while adjusting how throttle response works. Overall you can highly customize this little vehicle to respond just as you want it to and it feels good.
The A1 is a great little car that a lot of U.S. buyers would enjoy, but unfortunately Audi still doesn’t have any plans to offer it around here. They just don’t feel that the subcompact market is large enough for this type of vehicle. It’s doing just fine elsewhere in the world and Audi has sold more than half a million units since releasing the A1 back in 2010.
By Laurent J. Masson
The Audi A1, the smallest model wearing the Audi badge, was unveiled last year at the Geneva motor show. As you would expect, the manufacturer had many models on its stand. There were production models and two prototypes: one as a sports version, the other a plug-in hybrid. A year later, Audi has built at least 20 more A1 e-tron plug-in hybrids, which are currently part of a pilot electric mobility project in Munich.
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When it comes to car launches, all the big companies always try and outdo each other in terms of glitz and glamour, but it looks like Audi could have won the competition this year with this stunning 3D projection. With the car wrapped in tarpaulin, an audience was treated to a spectacular display that made it seem as if the car was moving while flicking through all the different models available. Very innovative!