Audi has announced the new launch of its powerful and innovative new Audi A1 Sportback, which combines the power of a sportscar with the style of urban living. The new five-door compact is designed for young, urban drivers, and customers can get their hands on the Audi A1 Sportback in early 2012.
Thanks to the Sportback's modified roofline, rear passengers now enjoy extra headroom – Even six-footers will be comfortable in the back seats! The additional rear doors are useful in tight European cities, where the long doors of the three-door make ingress and egress more difficult. They should also come in handy when buyers are trying to place shopping bags on the rear seat without dislocating their shoulders.
Pictures go a long way, but this video takes it up a notch, highlighting how great the A1 Sportback really looks. I love the contrasting roof color options, it really makes you take notice!
The interior of the A1 Sportback reflects the customer in its easy going, fresh, and young design. In addition, Audi give customers the possibility to design the car with fresh colours, attractive detail-features in a chosen, personalized style. Audi delivers the standard A1 Sportback with four seats, but upon request (and for an addional charge), an extra seat can be included to transform this beatiful car into a 5-seater.
I've always been a huge fan of Audi's interiors, and the A1 doesn't disappoint in this department. Just look at the picture below – Stunning, isn't it?
As for the motor there are four TFSI-Engines and three TDIs available, the performance extending from 86HP to 185HP. For some engines Audi supplies a 7-gear S-tronic force transmission, allowing for super-fast switching between gears. I haven't had a chance to try out the new transmission yet, but it sounds great from everything I've read so far..
Not only the engine, but also the handling, as well as the the 'infotainment' within the Audi A1 Sportback presents highend-solutions, making for a stylishly luxurious and intelligent way of getting around. For example, Audi Connect, in which the car can be connected with the internet, if the MMI Navigation plus (Highend Mediacentral) is combined with the Bluetooth car-phone.
I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the A1 and see what this car can do. On paper, it sounds like a ton of fun, at a price that's very reasonable indeed!
The price for the Audi A1 Sportback starts at a level of 16,950€ (around £14,527).