Along with the new 95bhp engine, the car recieves a little nip and tuck at the front and the rear. The biggest change to me are the new headlights and tailights which sharpens up the look of the car quite a bit. On that note, the A1 Sportback does look slightly dated to me after three or so years since it was launched. Maybe the latest Audis, the TT's and the Q7's cutting edge design is making me feel so. Hmmm...
270-litre boot doesn't sound like much but is actually on par with its rivals (think MINI One 5-door).
Passengers at the front have nothing to complain about in terms of space but...
those at the rear will find it a little tight especially in the legroom department.
Inside, the car feels well put together like all Audis. Love the minimalist design Audi employs here.
A new electro-mechanical power steering system reduces fuel consumption but feels a little too light for my liking. Rack feels decently fast and direct otherwise.
Audi's MMI starting to feel a little dated here too after being spoilt by the TT's newer interface.
S-tronic, Audi's speak for its dual-clutch transmission, works brilliantly here. Drivers have seven speeds to play around with. Ratios are well-spaced and complements the little engine up front.
15-inch wheels ensure a good balance between being sporty and comfortable. While, the A1 Sportback is a pretty agile little hatch, drivers who value driving enjoyment as your highest priority might be better off with a MINI One 5-door or Ford Fiesta.
While the new 1.0-litre three-pot turbo is down on power compared to the older 1.4-litre four-pot turbo (95bhp vs 122bhp), I find myself loving the newer engine more. Somehow, it just feels a little bit sweeter to rev out to its redline (partly due to how good the three cylinder sounds) and is more responsive overall.