German car-making giant, Audi, has revealed its first ever three-cylinder vehicle in the firm’s proud 83-year history.The 1.0-litre turbocharged model is exempt from fuel excise duty and offers 67.3mpg whilst emitting just 97g/km of CO2.
Despite its small size, the A1 1.0 TFSI is nimble with 94bhp and 159Nm of torque – figures like these mean it can get from a standstill to 62mph in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 116mph.
A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard with a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission also available – 0-62mph times are unchanged with either transmission.
Both trim options come with 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.
Another feature that is included as standard is a secondary collision brake assist system, which can initiate automatic braking to limit the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident.
Key advancements on the 2015 Sport specification include the Audi Music Interface and preparation for SD card-based navigation alongside larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System.
The firmer sports suspension configuration is now a standard feature of Sport models and has been further revised to increase its absorbency – customers now have the option to replace it at no extra cost with the more flexible set-up of the SE trim.
As always with A1 and A1 Sportback variants – potential owners of the new 1.0-litre TFSI can choose from a range of different options to personalise their car and enrich it with features more normally associated with models from the classes above.
The roof line in three-door models and the complete roof section in Sportback versions can be paired in a range of contrasting colours, creating a striking and distinct look that can be emphasised further by features such as privacy glass and a high gloss black styling package taking in the grille and side air inlets.
Other distinctive effects can be specified 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.
Optional extras for those looking to boost the A1’s equipment list can add an open sky panoramic sunroof, acoustic parking control, LED interior lighting, satellite navigation, Audi Phone Box mobile connectivity and in-car internet services through Audi connect.