Noble small car: The Audi A1 – attack on the Mini from BMW

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The Audi A1 – attack on the BMW Mini

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Typically Audi and yet completely different: after the A2 was abandoned in 2005, the A1 is a new attempt to place a small car from Ingolstadt on the market.

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The silhouette of the sporty, 3.95 meter long three-door car is emphasized by an aluminum-colored arch in the roof line. The grill is smaller than its large Brow.

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The raised rear bumper gives the rear of the A1 something squat.

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Overall, the rear is strongly reminiscent of the A3, which is 29 centimeters longer than the A1.

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The flank shows with the exposed wheel arches and the relatively flat roof that the A1 is based on lifestyle cars such as the Mini.

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The A1’s headlights do not do without the typical Audi light swing.

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There are four individual seats inside, which are separated by appropriate storage spaces. The navigation monitor above the middle ventilation flaps moves out of the dashboard as on the A8 heraus.

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Three doors, 3.95 meters long, 16,000 euros: this is the new A1. Audi wants to start a frontal attack on the Mini with the car. Technically it is a revamped Polo, but there is a lot of love in the details. And the little one has a few surprises in store as well.

A.udi is driving at full throttle on a confrontational course: On the self-proclaimed path to becoming the “most successful premium supplier in the world”, the Lords of the Rings are not only fighting their colleagues from Mercedes and BMW with the new A8, but also at the other end of the range vigorously after.

As a noble competitor for the Mini now bring the A1 on the way.

The fine cousin of the VW Polo celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in the summer at prices starting at around 16,000 euros. This makes it around 5000 euros cheaper than the cheapest A3, but the Mini is already available for almost 1000 euros less.

Technically a refurbished Polo, the 3.95-meter-long three-door model remains visually close to the “Metro Project Quattro” study from 2007. In the series, too, it has the aluminum-colored arch for the roof line, which emphasizes the sporty silhouette.

There is also a slightly smaller single-frame grille, headlights with the well-known light swing and a rear, strongly inspired by the A3, behind which there is 267 liters of luggage space. Inside, the A1 doesn’t even attempt to pass through as a five-seater.

For now, at least, there are only four individual seats, which are separated by appropriate storage spaces. The Audi engineers did not want to expect more from their customers with a 2.47 meter wheelbase.

The smallest Audi has little in common with the sober charm of the VW Polo. Because the A1 wants to be a lifestyle car, the Audi designers have shown great attention to detail, designed a center console like a fruit bowl and left plenty of room for customization.

There is also an optional sound system with illuminated boxes and infotainment systems from the luxury class.

This applies in particular to the navigation monitor, which, like the A8, extends out of the dashboard. However, even with the luxury liner, it looks like a retrofit solution.

While you can indulge in the paintwork and leather of the A1 – at least in the upscale model variants – reason rules under the sheet metal.

Audi wants to reduce fleet consumption and present itself as an efficiency brand, which is why the A1 is not only relatively light with a curb weight of a good ton. It also starts with comparatively small engines. Don’t spur, but save – that’s the motto for the four available turbo direct injection engines, all of which are equipped with brake energy recovery and automatic start-stop.

The entry-level model has a 1.2-liter TFSI engine that generates 86 hp and 160 Newton meters (Nm) of torque. That’s enough for a sprint value of 12.1 seconds, a top speed of 179 km / h and a consumption of 5.1 liters. There is also a TFSI with 1.4 liter displacement, 122 hp and 200 Nm, which is in the list with 9.1 seconds, 200 km / h and 5.1 to 5.4 liters – depending on whether it is a six-speed gearbox or Has dual clutch transmission. Those who prefer to fill up with diesel get a 1.6-liter, which is available with either 90 or 105 hp and 230 or 250 Nm. It takes 12.2 or 10.8 seconds for the sprint, manages 179 and 187 km / h and starts the race with 3.8 and 3.9 liters respectively.

In contrast to what is usual at Audi, there has so far been no talk of Quattro or sports models. But in the background, the model planning is in full swing: the five-door is firmly promised, the convertible is conceivable, and a few more powerful engines will also come. It just takes a little longer. But after all, the Mini also started out small.

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