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Audi A1 combines style and efficiency

Audi have confirmed prices for their newest and most
affordable model, the A1. Priced between £13,145 and £18,280 the baby Audi will
bring the brand to a whole new audience. Despite its diminutive size, Audi
claim that no corners have been cut in bringing the A1 to production so it
should live up to its claim of being a premium product.

Continuing with the programme to use downsized forced
induction engines, the A1 benefits from two small capacity hi-tech petrol engines
and an advanced 1.6 litre diesel unit which all deliver excellent fuel economy.
As a result all models are capable of emitting less than 120 g/km of CO2
although the largest capacity 1.4 litre petrol engine needs the help of the
expensive optional 7 speed DSG gearbox to achieve this.

All models get engine start/stop as standard as well as an
electronic differential which uses selective braking to mimic a mechanical
limited slip diff. The entry level 1.2 TFSI petrol engine is the smallest ever
fitted to a production Audi, but thanks to a turbocharger and direct injection
it produces 85 bhp and 118 lb.ft of torque. That’s enough to hit 62 mph in 11.7
seconds and gives a top speed of 112 mph. Fuel economy is a strong point with a
combined figure of 55.4 mpg which equates to 118 g/km of CO2.

The 1.4 TFSI provides the best balance of performance and CO2
emissions thanks to a healthy 120 bhp and 148 lb.ft of torque. In combination
with the 7 speed DSG gearbox it nearly matches the smaller engine’s efficiency
with 54.3 mpg, 119 g/km but performance is greatly enhanced scampering to 62
mph in 8.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 126 mph.

The only diesel option at launch is a 104 bhp 1.6 litre unit
which produces 184 lb.ft of torque. Performance is sprightly with a 0-62 mph
time of 10.5 seconds and 118 mph top speed, whilst fuel economy is an excellent
70.6 mpg emitting just 105 g/km of CO2.

The order books are now open but prospective customers
will have to wait until late 2010 for the first deliveries.