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Audi A1 Sportback


The Audi A1 is now available in five-door, five-seat Sportback form , and the 1.6 TDI can still achieve 74.3 mpg and 99 g/km CO

The A1 Sportback range will initially feature a choice of three TFSI petrol engines and one TDI diesel producing between 86PS and 185PS. All bar the 185PS unit will have an engine start-stop system.

The 1.2-litre TFSI (86PS), 1.4-litre TFSI (122PS), 1.4-litre twin-charge TFSI (185PS) and 1.6-litre TDI (105PS) line-up will be joined in the summer of 2012 by a 2.0-litre TDI with 143PS. Just introduced into the three-door A1 line-up, it will power the A1 Sportback 2.0 TDI to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds, and has the potential for 68.9mpg according to the combined cycle test.

The 1.6-litre TDI model will combine its 105PS output with the potential for 74.3 mpg and a 99 g/km CO 2 – making it exempt for congestion charge and VED.

The turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 TFSI 185PS will feature the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, helping it to sprint to 62 mph from rest in 7.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 141 mph. This transmission will also be available as an option for the 1.4 TFSI with 122 PS.

Although its dimensions follow those of the three-door A1, the A1 Sportback is actually six millimetres taller and six millimetres wider, and inside offers slightly more head and shoulder room as a result and also makes provision for an extra passenger.

Luggage compartment capacity is on a par with the three-door A1 at 270 litres with the backrests of the standard split/folding rear seat in place, or 920 litres with the seat folded.

Features common to the SE, Sport and S line options available for UK A1 Sportback models include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front and rear windows and mirrors, split folding rear seat and a six-speaker single CD Concert audio system linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

Sport model additions include larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System. S line versions upgrade with extras such as an exclusive S line exterior treatment including larger 17-inch alloy wheels, S line sports suspension and leather and cloth combination upholstery.

Externally, the options list for the A1 Sportback extends beyond the three-door version by offering customers the possibility to choose one of three contrasting colours not only for the roof line as in the three-door, but also for the entire roof itself as well as, in S line models, the spoiler that extends from it. The Sportback will also expand on the eleven paint colours available for the three door with a twelfth – Samoa Orange – that will be available exclusively for the new five-door.

The A1 Sportback will be priced from £13,980, just £560 more than the equivalent three-door A1. It will become available in the UK in November and will reach its first customers in the spring of 2012.

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