Ingolstadt reveals feisty new 2018 Audi A1, and claims it will be the best handling car in its class. Fighting talk indeed…
This is the all-new 2018 Audi A1 and it is going to be the best handling car in its class, according to Ingolstadt. It looks pretty aggressive to begin with, which is a good sign. Apparently, the three slits above the grille are a nod to the 1984 Sport Quattro. No, we don’t see the connection either.
OK, now to the oily bits, which is probably what you are most interested in. Three engines will be available at launch, sending drive to the front wheels (although that might change with the inevitable S1 / RS1 variant in the future).
The range starts with a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre unit in two states of tune, delivering 94bhp and 114bhp respectively. Dubbed 25 TFSI and 30 TFSI, these entry level models might be the popular choice, if priced correctly in our region. The previous A1 was way too expensive in our market for what it was.
Further up the range sit the 35 TFSI and 40 TFSI models, powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine worth 148bhp and a 2.0-litre four-pot making 197 horsepower, respectively. The new A1 will also benefit from adjustable dampers and a host of tech from bigger Audis should find its way into higher spec models.
The cabin, in fine Audi tradition, looks absolutely amazing, especially with the body-coloured trim material added in for greater visual chutzpah.
We like a fast, small hatchbacks, but here’s hoping there is enough separating the 2018 A1 from its lesser Volkswagen Polo sibling.
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