Choosing between a petrol-powered Audi A1 and a diesel-run one in the United Kingdom is quite tricky now with the arrival of the 97g/km TFSI version of the subcompact. This will be the petrol version with such specs in an Audi vehicle.
Likewise, this version of the three or five-door subcompact vows to deliver fuel economy of 67mpg while still dishing out the needed road dynamics – all at the more affordable starting price of £14,315 (on the road).
This new 95PS turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which replaces the 89PS 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine in the A1, also provides around 160Nm of torque to empower the subcompact to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to reach a top speed of 116mph.
The engine is mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox, although customers could avail of the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. When the standard manual gearbox is installed, fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions reach up to 67.3mpg and 97g/km, respectively.
On the other hand, when the S tronic twin-clutch transmission is chosen, fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions reach up to 64.2mpg and 102g/km, respectively. The numbers apply regardless of the AI’s body style.
For those seeking a more frugal alternative, they could opt for the updated 1.6-liter TDI, which returns 80.7mpg of fuel economy (from 74.3mpg) and just CO2 emissions of 92g/km (from 99g/km). This updated three-cylinder petrol engine could be availed with either SE or Sport specification.
Both specs include as standard alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display. Also coming as standard is a secondary collision brake assist system.
Vital upgrades to the latest 2015 Sport specification include the Audi Music Interface and preparation for SD card-based navigation. Other features include 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System. For Sport models, Audi made their sports suspension much firmer to increase shock absorbency, although there is no-cost option to avail of the SE versions.
Customers choosing to avail of the new 1.0 TFSI version of the A1 and A1 Sportback could still select from a number of options to further customize their rides. For instance, the roof line in three-door models and the roof section in Sportback model can be painted in contrasting colors. This personalized look is further boosted by options like privacy glass and a high gloss black styling package in the grille and side air inlets.
Likewise, customers could also personalize the interior of their A1 with more color options like Misano red, Macao yellow and Glacier white accentuating the rear view mirror surround, air vent sleeves, door pulls and the edges of the center. Buyers could further boost the exterior looks of their A1 or A1 Sportback with packages like an open sky panoramic sunroof, acoustic parking control and LED interior lighting, satellite navigation, Audi Phone Box mobile connectivity and in-car internet services via Audi connect.