The updated Audi A1 range will feature new or improved engines, including the brand’s first ever three-cylinder petrol unit. The new engines will improve fuel economy by up to eight per cent and cut emissions to as little as 92g/km CO2.
Powering the first UK versions of these new models will be a choice of two TFSI petrol engines or a TDI diesel which are now compliant with the latest EU6 emissions regulations and which offer more power, improved economy and in the majority of cases lower emissions than their predecessors.
The petrol engines are comprised of two versions of the turbocharged 1.4-litre TFSI – the ‘standard’ unit with power up from 122PS to 125PS, and CO2 down from 124g/km to 115g/km, and the ‘Cylinder-on-Demand’ alternative now offering 150PS with CO2 output of 112g/km.
The 1.6 TDI has its CO2 output in this latest version reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles, and economy potential increased from 74.3mpg to up to 80.7mpg on the combined cycle test.
In the spring of 2015 a new turbocharged and directly injected petrol engine – the first with a three-cylinder configuration ever to feature in the Audi range – will become available in the UK. Provisional data for the A1 1.0 TFSI indicates that it will be capable of returning at least 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, yet will also have 95PS – a 6PS increase over the 1.2 TFSI that it replaces.
Depending on the version, all engines will be linked to either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission as standard, and for the first time all, including the 1.6 TDI, will also be available with the option of a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission.
As before, the SE, Sport and S line specification levels that make up the latest UK range feature specific suspension set-ups – SE versions run on more comfort-oriented dynamic suspension, Sport models have a firmer sports configuration which has been revised to increase its absorbency and S line versions ride even lower on S line sports suspension.
The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback with 231PS and quattro permanent all‑wheel drive feature 2.0 TFSI engines producing 231PS and 370 Nm (272.9 lbft) of torque, enabling the three-door version to sprint from rest to 62mph in 5.8 seconds (Sportback 5.9) and to reach a top speed of 155mph.
The new A1 and A1 Sportback models are priced from £15,390 to £21,640 and are available to order from late November with first deliveries in spring 2015.
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