- Stop adding a rally history to the A1
- Audi no longer offers the A1 as a diesel
- The processing quality is at a high level
- The new A1 is no longer cute
Stop adding a rally history to the A1
Audi offers the second A1 generation only with four doors. In addition, the new one has more edges, a wider track and shorter overhangs
The smallest Audi had previously competed against the Mini as a designer piece. In the second generation, the A1 has undergone a hard change in its external shape, and it now has a completely different message.
W.ow, you have to come to that first. Audi seals the new A1 a reference to the Sport Quattro, that legendary rally car from the 80s. Well, if you order the S-Line special equipment (2300 euros surcharge), you will get three slots between the bonnet and the radiator grille, which also characterize the Sport Quattro – which also applies to the wide C-pillar that all new A1s have as standard. But otherwise?
It’s always difficult to understand when small cars be so inflated, because let’s be honest: What is a 4.03 meter long city car, which you can get from 95 hp, with a rally car from the notorious Group B? have to do?
Even the production model of the Sport Quattro, which was necessary for homologation at the time, had a five-cylinder turbo with 306 hp under the hood, while the rally model weighed less than 1000 kilograms and had 400 to 500 horsepower. Two cars couldn’t be further apart than the Sport Quattro and A1.
The Audi designers have given the new A1 three slits between the bonnet and the radiator grille – an allusion to the legendary Sport Quattro from 1984
Especially since Audi even has all-wheel drive in the new version of its smallest has deleted. Even in the top model A1 40 TFSI with 200 hp you have to be content with front-wheel drive, and an S1 is no longer available, neither now nor later.
This is a kind of emergency braking for the image, after all, Audi has so far been rightly proud to have all-wheel drive in every model series. Quattro is part of the brand’s DNA, it was always said – what a joke to refer to a rally car today with a model that says goodbye to the Quattro DNA.
But well, this is a marketing strategy that not everyone needs to understand. It is easier to see what top quality the engineers have once again delivered in the A1. Although this car has its price (it doesn’t go below 19,900 euros), you get a lot for it. The three-cylinder engine with a displacement of just one liter runs relaxed and quietly, it lacks the typical constructional roughness almost completely, even if you accelerate it properly.
Audi no longer offers the A1 as a diesel
Unfortunately, the base model A1 25 TFSI was not available for the first test drives, but only the A1 30 TFSI, which gets 116 instead of 95 hp from the same three-cylinder. This car costs 21,150 euros and is perfectly equipped for everyday use: 200 Newton meters of torque allow it to swim with you everywhere (the 175 Newton meters of the base model is probably okay too), especially since it weighs only 1165 kilograms including the 75 kg driver.
The standard consumption of the 95 PS model has not yet been finally determined, for the A1 with 116 PS Audi gives 4.8 to 4.9 l / 100 km, depending on the tires used. By the way, you can see from this value how demanding the EU target of 95 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer is, because even such an ultra-modern small car, which comes on the market two years before the 95 gram limit comes into force, is still 108 Gram.
The new Audi A1 measures 4.03 meters. Passengers benefit from this, and there is more space in the trunk
Also for the two four-cylinder petrol engines (diesel there are no longer in A1) no official consumption values are yet available, this depends on the group-wide delays in the certification of the new WLTP consumption standard together, which will replace the previous NEDC standard and should lead to higher values that are closer to everyday life. Especially the values of the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp should be interesting, because this engine uses a cylinder deactivation.
If the speed is between 2000 and 3200 revolutions and if less than 100 of the available 250 Newton meters of torque are called up at the same time, the engine automatically shuts down combustion chambers two and three. Anyone who has ordered the seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) benefits from cylinder deactivation even after 1400 tours. However, the six-speed manual transmission slips through the gears so nicely that you should think twice about paying a DSG surcharge of 1700 euros.
The processing quality is at a high level
Nevertheless, it makes sense for Audi to offer automated power transmission, because the A1 is a premium car after all – and you can see that on every corner. The processing is at the usual high Audi standard (if it would have been good for the car to have less hard plastic inside), the fully digital cockpit is state-of-the-art, and almost all assistance systems are available for an extra charge for the big Audi models there, from adaptive cruise control (550 euros) to parking assistants (790 euros).
The standard equipment includes the lane departure warning (in use from 65 km / h), the speed limiter (a preset speed is not exceeded) and a radar sensor that detects critical situations in front of the car and even triggers emergency braking.
Audi no longer offers all-wheel drive for the A1. This makes it the only model in the current Audi range that cannot be ordered as a Quattro
According to Audi, the interior is the sportiest in the small car segment, and this claim can be left as it is. Perhaps you have exaggerated it in one corner or the other with the very angular and acute-angled detail solutions, for example around the door opener, but yes: If you are referring to the Sport Quattro, then it has to look sporty on the inside too, and that it does.
Otherwise, however, the purely practical innovations predominate in the interior of the second A1 generation: The car has become wider and offers more shoulder room, especially at the rear. There, the headroom also increased, and thanks to the ten centimeters longer wheelbase, the knees of the rear passengers no longer hit the front seats as quickly.
The new A1 is no longer cute
There is also more space in the trunk: Now 335 instead of 270 liters are available for luggage, with the rear seat back folded down it is 1090 liters. That has to be said, because it can be assumed that more older couples or young families will buy this car than potential rally fans.
But if you also want to have some fun with the A1, especially on winding country roads, the price list offers additional options for letting off steam: In addition to the standard suspension, you can have a more tightly tuned sports suspension (200 euros) or the full range: In the The dynamic package for 950 euros includes switchable dampers and the Audi Drive Select system, with which you can freely configure the settings for the dampers, steering and throttle response on the screen.
The smallest engine version of the new Audi A1 Sportback has 95 hp. Base price: 19,900 euros
Then with the A1 Sportback (it is only available as a four-door model) you almost leave the bourgeois framework. And with a lot of good persuasion, you can then perhaps imagine that you are a kind of rally driver. Otherwise: just leave the Sport Quattro alone! It is an icon, and whether the A1 will become one remains to be seen.
With the new design In any case, you have left the cuddlyness of the previous model and are more edgy and masculine. With this and the noticeably larger dimensions, Audi sets itself apart from its main opponent, the rather rounded Mini. It is even more successful and is the only other premium small car alongside the A1. And as a three-time Monte Carlo winner, he even has a real rally history.
The trip to the presentation of the A1 was supported by Audi. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at www.axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit
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