Audi offers 2.0 TFSI version of A1 subcompact in the UK

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 16, 2015

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.

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New 97G/KM three-cylinder TFSI brings Audi A1 within even easier reach

Weighing up the pros and cons of petrol and diesel power becomes a little harder for Audi A1 customers from today as a new super-frugal, 97g/km TFSI version of the three or five-door subcompact becomes available in the UK. Equipped with a characterful new three-cylinder engine – the first petrol unit with this configuration ever to be installed in an Audi model – the latest A1 variant promises to bring 67mpg-plus economy, peppy performance and the premium hallmarks that distinguish every Audi within even easier reach with an OTR price starting from £14,315.

The 95PS turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine effectively replaces the 89PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine available in the A1 since launch. It can call on a healthy 160Nm of torque to propel the A1 1.0 TFSI with standard five-speed manual gearbox to 62mph from rest in 10.9 seconds, regardless of whether it is powering the three-door or five-door Sportback body style. A seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission is also available, and with this installed the acceleration time is also unchanged in both versions. Top speed is 116mph in every case.

Equally importantly, the new engine can return up to 67.3mpg in the A1 when linked to the standard manual gearbox, or 64.2mpg in conjunction with the S tronic transmission, equating to CO2 figures of 97g/km and 102g/km respectively. Again, these figures apply regardless of the body style chosen.

For comparison, the 1.6-litre TDI which retains its position as the most frugal option in the updated range now benefits from an economy boost from 74.3mpg to 80.7mpg according to the combined cycle test, and a CO2 reduction from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles.

SE or Sport specification options

The new three-cylinder petrol engine is available in conjunction with either SE or Sport specification, both options including 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. A secondary collision brake assist system, which can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident, also now forms part of the standard equipment list.

Key upgrades which are new to the latest 2015 Sport specification include the Audi Music Interface and preparation for SD card-based navigation. They join existing features such as larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System

The firmer sports suspension configuration which is a standard feature of Sport models has been revised to increase its absorbency, but customers can now choose to replace it at no extra cost with the more supple set-up of the SE versions.

As always with the A1 and A1 Sportback, prospective owners of the new 1.0 TFSI version will be able to choose from a wealth of options to personalise their car and enhance it with features more commonly associated with models from the classes above.

The roof line in three-door models and the entire roof section in Sportback versions can be painted in a range of contrasting colours, creating an imposing and individual look that can be accentuated further by features such as privacy glass and a high gloss black styling package taking in the grille and side air inlets.

Distinctive accents can also be added in the high quality cabin, where elements such as the rear view mirror surround, air vent sleeves, door pulls and the edges of the centre console can be finished in vibrant colours including Misano red, Macao yellow and Glacier white.

Owners looking to maximise the A1’s big car condensed appeal also have a wide selection of cost effective bundled option packages to choose from which add everything from an open sky panoramic sunroof, acoustic parking control and LED interior lighting to satellite navigation, Audi Phone Box mobile connectivity and in-car internet services via Audi connect.

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