Audi has updated its A1 and A1 Sportback hatchbacks with fresh new styling and added a pair of new three-cylinder engines to the subcompact’s powertrain portfolio. The A1 went on sale in 2010 and has sold over half a million units since launch, making it an important part of the automaker’s plan to steal market share away from competing luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The new three-cylinder engines consist of a 1.0-liter petrol unit and a 1.4-liter diesel. The new 1.0-liter engine will produce 95 horsepower and return 54.7 US mpg. The diesel is good for 90 horsepower and up to 69.2 mpg. Both the 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter units are very environmentally friendly, emitting 99 and 92 g/km of C02, respectively.
Also new for 2015 A1s is the electromechanical steering. This system reduces power steering assist as vehicle speed increases, giving you a tighter feeling car at high speeds and an easier car to drive at low speeds in the city. Audi’s Select Drive system allows for the steering to be adjusted. The system can also adjust suspension settings and shift-speeds if the optional S Tronic gearbox and S Tronic suspension is equipped.
In addition to an upgraded powertrain and steering system, the A1 has received numerous visual and interior enhancements for 2015. These include fully customizable colored air vents, decorative body decals and other special equipment from Audi’s Genuine Accessories catalog. Audi will also paint the roof arch in a color which contrasts that of the body if the customer wishes.