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Audi A1

This is the new Audi A1 which will have emissions of 102g/km CO2 from a 1.6 TDI diesel or 119g/km from 1.2 or 1.4 TFSI petrol engines. All three TFSI and TDI engines will feature start-stop and recuperation technology.

The new three-door compact Audi, to be positioned below the A3, will be available to order in the UK from May, but first deliveries won’t be here until the end of the year.

Although the 1.2 TFSI petrol has 86PS, and the 1.4 TFSI petrol has 122PS, both manage 55.4mpg and emit 119g/km CO2 – in the 1.4 TFSI this is achieved with the optional S tronic transmission.

The new 1.2 TFSI, with a five-speed manual transmission, has a 0-62mph time of 12.1 seconds and a 111mph top speed. The 1.4 TFSI power unit has a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. Equipped with S tronic it takes the A1 to 62mph in 9.1 seconds, and on to 124mph.

The 1.6 TDI diesel has 105PS, and the 102g/km CO2 emissions equate to 72.4mpg. It has a five-speed manual gearbox and reaches 62mph from rest in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 116mph.

All engine options come with the latest generation ESP system with electronic differential, which initiates brief, controlled braking of the inside front wheel and transfers the excess torque to the outside wheel, which can apply more power to the road. This helps to further boost handling agility and neutrality by minimising understeer and improving traction.

Specification levels are SE, Sport or S line, with either 15, 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels. Standard features will include alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors, remote central locking, a single CD audio system and split folding rear seats.

Prices for the A1 in the UK have yet to be finalised, but are expected to start at around £13,000. Full details will be available nearer to its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show (March 4 to 14).

Keywords: Audi A1, 102g/km CO2, 1.6 TDI diesel, 119g/km CO2, 1.2 TFSI petrol or 1.4 TFSI petrol engine, start-stop, recuperation technology, S tronic twin-clutch transmission, electronic differential, 2010 Geneva Motor Show.