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Review: Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI S-tronic

By Faiming_low on 07 Oct 2015 in New model

Attached Image Looking for a premium supermini? We find out whether Audi's most affordable model is any good, especially with its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Attached Image 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...

Attached Image 270-litre boot doesn't sound like much but is actually on par with its rivals (think MINI One 5-door).

Attached Image Passengers at the front have nothing to complain about in terms of space but...

Attached Image those at the rear will find it a little tight especially in the legroom department.

Attached Image Inside, the car feels well put together like all Audis. Love the minimalist design Audi employs here.

Attached Image 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.

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Attached Image Audi's MMI starting to feel a little dated here too after being spoilt by the TT's newer interface.

Attached Image 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.

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Attached Image 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.

Attached Image 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.

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Written by Faiming_low
Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?

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