Audi’s funky hatch is back, and it’s funkier than ever. The A1 Sportback has received a radical redesign. It’s still fairly obvious that this is the much-loved Audi hatchback, featuring a luxurious interior, the hatch shape and a nippy little engine. How do we know this? Well, we were driving it earlier this week.
The second-gen A1 borrows inspiration from the original Audi Quattro from the 80s. It’s got more angular lines and larger shoulders, which makes it look noticeably more masculine. In case you’re into gender in your vehicles.
They see me rollin’
It comes in three engine variations: the 30 TFSI, 35 TFSI and 40 TFSI. The 30 is the 1-litre version (with outputs of 85kW and 200Nm), the 35 is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine (with outputs of 110kW and 250Nm) and the 45 a 2-litre (with outputs of 147kW and 320Nm). All three variations feature direct-injection turbo-petrol engines. Yep, no diesel this time around for South Africa.
Inside, you’ll find typical Audi luxury, combined with slightly more edgy design features. Along the dash, certain models are fitted with a carbon fibre-esque honeycomb patterned panel that makes it feel more industrial.
Haibo, gimme the tech
In the cockpit, you’ll find the Audi Virtual Cockpit infotainment system, which has a 10in touch display. As far as infotainment systems go, this one is fine. Navigation comes as an option, and Audi offers an optional ‘technology package’. This includes the Audi Virtual Cockpit with Apple Car Play or Android Auto and a wireless charging hub.
If you’re part of the recent LED-movement and need more LEDs in ya life, opt for the 35 TFSI. With this one, you get cool, angled LED headlights, taillights and interior lighting, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror and colour-coded exterior mirrors.
Audi’s second-generation A1 hatchback is locally available now and is priced from R340,000 to R488,000. Although Audi recently changed its pricing methods, it’s still hella confusing, So, if you’re truly interested in purchasing one (or two) gen-two A1s, head here for more detailed pricing breakdowns.