Introduced for the 2011 model year, the Audi A1 is one of Ingolstadt’s newest creations; a supermini designed to go against the likes of the Ford Focus and the Mini Cooper on the European market. Launched in both three- and five-door body styles, the A1 is the smallest and most fuel efficient Audi to as of 11/4/2014 thanks to its small-displacement, four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Initial engine options included 1.2 and 1.4 TFSI units and a 1.6 TDI. Later on, the Germans also introduced a more powerful 1.4 TFSI with 182 horsepower and a 2.0 TDI with 141 ponies. As we venture into the 2015 model year, the A1 receives its first-ever facelift, which brings minor visual tweaks and more significant changes under the hood.

The revised A1 is a bit sportier than its predecessor thanks to a couple of exterior bits borrowed from the S1, but the more important modifications occurred under the hood. A couple of brand-new, three-cylinder engines have been added to the lineup, while the rest of the units gained a few extra ponies. Read more about these changes after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A1.

  • 2015 Audi A1
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    95
  • Displacement:
    1.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20000
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Spy Shots

July 7, 2014 - Revised Audi A1 Caught Testing in South Europe

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March 13, 2014 - First testing session

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The 2015 Audi A1 is expected to come with a lot of new technology to make up for the lack of aesthetic updates given to it. One new tech feature is a radar system developed by Volkswagen that monitors the oncoming traffic. But that’s not the only new system the 2015 A1 has.

The A1 will also likely return with 1.2 TFSI base units with 90 and 110 horsepower. There’s also a new 1.4 TFSI with 125 PS instead of 122, a 150 PS version of that engine and likely a 1.8 TFSI. We’ve speculated about this in the past, since the twin-charger 1.4 TFSI/TSI is being phased out.

Exterior

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As with most Audi facelifts, the A1's revision brings mild changes on the outside

As with most Audi facelifts, the A1’s revision brings mild changes on the outside. Now 0.8 inches longer, the A1 carries a revised front fascia consisting of a pair of headlamps taken from the performance S1 version and a brand new apron. The latter incorporates reshaped grille inserts and rectangular fog lamps; the previous model was equipped with round units. Visual changes continue around back with revised taillight graphics and a new rear apron with a twin-pipe exhaust layout. Granted, the 2015 A1 isn’t the "extensively redesigned" vehicle Audi claims it to be, but the facelift’s exterior updates add a touch of sportiness to the supermini.

As with its predecessor, the revised A1 can be ordered with an optional roof arch or roof dome in a contrasting color. Speaking of colors, the Germans also added new paints to the A1’s palette, as well as new wheel designs, measuring up to 18 inches. Other options include colored air vents and body decals. The A1 can also be customized by choosing either the Design or Sport line, a first for the hatch, or by selecting the S Line sport package

Exterior Dimensions

Length 3,980 MM (156.69 Inches)
Width 1,740 MM (68.5 Inches)
Height 1,417 MM (55.8 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,469 MM (97.2 Inches)

Interior

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The A1’s interior remained essentially unchanged

The A1’s interior remained essentially unchanged, as Audi only meddled with the lighting and the MMI infotainment system. The latter is now available with the Audi connect module, which enables customers to benefit from online services for the while also turning it into a WiFi hotspot.

The three-spoke sports steering wheel remains standard, with check box on the options list allowing buyers to have it wrapped in fine Nappa leather and chrome inlays. A Bose Surround Sound system rounds up the interior’s premium feature list.

Drivetrain

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The 2015 A1 is motivated by a lineup consisting of no less than six engines

The 2015 A1 is motivated by a lineup consisting of no less than six engines. The range included four gasoline units and two diesels, with most of them receiving output-increasing updates. In addition, fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10 percent.

The revised A1 engine range begins with a turbocharged, 1.0-liter three-cylinder, a first for Audi. The three-banger cranks out 94 horsepower while sipping only 4.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (54.7 U.S. mpg). The new engine replaces the familiar, 86-pony, 1.2-liter TFSI.

A 1.8-liter TFSI sits at the top of the gasoline range, sending 189 horsepower to the wheels

Next in line is the 123-horsepower, 1.4-liter TFSI. Now delivering only three horses more, this entry-level four-banger is the perfect choice if you don’t fancy the smaller three-cylinder but you’re on a budget. The same engine is also available with 148 horsepower for those looking for a bit more oomph. A 1.8-liter TFSI sits at the top of the gasoline range, sending 189 horsepower to the wheels. The latter comes with an S Tronic autobox as standard and is likely to charge from naught to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. That’s Cooper S acceleration right there.

Moving onto diesels, Audi offers a 1.4-liter three-pot and 1.6-liter four-banger. The former is the laziest of the bunch, packing only 89 horsepower. On the other hand, it’s also the most fuel efficient, needing just 3.4 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (69 U.S. mpg). The 1.6-liter oil burner returns for 2015 with 114 ponies, which accounts for a 10-pony bump. The 2.0-liter TDI offered with the pre-facelift model has been dropped.

There’s also a larger, 2.0-liter TFSI with 227 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, but that unit is exclusive to the performance S1 model. The beefed-up supermini reaches 60 mph from a standing start in 5.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 1.0-liter three-cylinder 1.4-liter common-rail diesel 1.4-liter direct injection 1.6 diesel 1.8 petrol 2.0-liter TFSI (S1 Only)
Output 93 HP 88 HP 123/147 HP 113 HP 189 HP 227 HP
Torque TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 272 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 5.9 seconds
Top speed TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 155 mph

Prices

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Official pricing for the 2015 Audi A1 has yet to be released, but we know for a fact the Germans aren’t planning on bringing it Stateside. In most European markets, the vehicle will retail from around €17,000, which converts to $21,200 as of 11/14/2014.

Competitors

2014 Mini Cooper

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The Audi A1 is, no doubt, an impressive city car, but the Mini Cooper is already a very successful model, with an already formed clientele. To make it even more difficult, Mini has released a new-generation Cooper and, boy, is it all sorts of awesome. The new Cooper has grown in all directions and received a more aggressive design language.

As for the engine lineup, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the conventional four-cylinder engines. These three-cylinder engines will also see use in the new BMW 3 Series model, known as the 316i.

2014 Ford Focus

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There’s not much going on around the 2014 Focus’ exterior to make you think that there were significant changes done on its looks. The car still looks clean and well-balanced with the covers suitably positioned to maintain the car’s character.

As far as the engine goes, the base Focus relies on just one powertrain: a 2.0-liter, inline-four engine that produces a tidy 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. No performance numbers were released but don’t expect the Focus to carry the same blazing numbers as that of the much more powerful Focus ST model. So, temper your expectations a little bit because the Focus is likely to "only" come with a 0-to-60-mph time of about eight seconds to go with a top speed of about 120 mph.

Conclusion

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The Audi A1 is a good option for those looking for a small city car with a premium interior and fuel sipping engines. Granted, the new three-cylinder mills make the A1 one of the most fuel-efficient compacts out there, but we won’t get to benefit from those outstanding mpg figures just yet, as Audi has no plans to bring it to the U.S.

  • Leave it
    • The interior is essential unchanged
    • No 2.0-liter diesel
    • Not coming to the U.S.

Press Release

A clear sign of the popularity of the Audi A1* and A1 Sportback* is the over 500,000 cars sold since its market launch in 2010. The Audi compact models are now being made even more attractive with benefits to both interior and exterior design. Fresh decors and paints give them an even more attractive appearance. The small compacts exhibit handling that is like that of a mid-class car. The rigid car body and short wheelbase make them agile and maneuverable.

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Six engines – gasoline and diesel – are new or have been intensively further developed. For the first time, Audi is offering completely new three-cylinder engines, the 1.0 TFSI and the 1.4 TDI – they are efficient without neglecting driving fun. Fuel economy has been improved throughout the engine lineup by as much as ten percent, and power output ranges from 66 kW (90 hp) to 141 kW (192 hp). The seven-speed S tronic is available for all engines.

The electromechanical power steering system for the A1 is entirely new. It reduces power assist as vehicle speed increases. Its operation can also be modified by the new Audi drive select system. The driver can operate equipment modules such as the adjustable shock absorbers over several modes. Wheels are available in sizes up to 18 inches.

The program of optional features has been restructured. Customers can configure their Audi A1 to be even more customized by choosing one of the new lines: design or sport. Other lines and packages are offered as well. Brand new is the active kit, which highlights the urban character of the Audi A1 distinctively.

The infotainment lineup was specially configured to meet the needs of young customers. The top components are MMI navigation plus and the Audi connect module including car phone. The latter brings the online services of Audi connect into the vehicle and provides a WiFi hotspot.

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The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback* with 170 kW (231 hp) and quattro permanent all‑wheel drive still represent the sporty vanguard of the model series. It completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.8 seconds (S1 Sportback in 5.9). Its sporty chassis tuning makes it even more agile, and the power of the two compacts is visualized at first glance by modified spoilers – front and rear – and four tailpipes.

Extensively redesigned – the Audi A1 and Audi A1 Sportback
The new Audi A1 and A1 Sportback are appealing with their sporty lines. Their design is now even sportier, and they are two centimeters (0.8 in) longer at a length of 3.98 meters (13.1 ft). As an option, Audi can deliver the roof arch (of the A1) or roof dome (of the A1 Sportback) in a contrasting color.

The interior of the new Audi A1 and A1 Sportback is spacious and sophisticated. The layout of its controls is clean, and fine chrome trim strips make its design even more elegant. The program of optional features has been restructured. The A1 can be customized by choosing either the design or sport line. Other options include the design selection and the S line sport package as well as many other customization options – from colored air vents to decorative decals for the body. Audi Genuine Accessories offers other options, including a comprehensive equipment package that is being offered for the first time. The active kit includes customized add‑on parts and wheel designs.

The six engines of the redesigned Audi A1 and A1 Sportback – four TFSI and two TDI engines – have an output of between 66 kW (90 hp) and 141 kW (192 hp). All engines are entirely new or have undergone extensive advanced development. Power output has been increased in most engines, while fuel economy has been reduced by as much as ten percent. The seven-speed S tronic is available for all engines, either optional or standard (with the 1.8 TFSI). The driver can have the dual clutch transmission make shifts at lightning speed either automatically or by manual control.

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The entry‑level engine is the first three-cylinder gasoline engine in the history of Audi. The Audi A1 1.0 TFSI (provisional data) with 70 kW (95 hp) of power has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.3 liters fuel per 100 kilometers (54.7 US mpg) (99 g CO2 per km [159.3 g/mi]). Another new three-cylinder diesel in the A1, the 1.4 TDI ultra with 66 kW (90 hp), attains an NEDC fuel consumption of 3.4 liters fuel per 100 kilometers (69.2 US mpg) (89 g CO2 per km [143.2 g/mi]), which makes it the first ultra model in the Audi A1 and Audi A1 Sportback. Both engines exhibit maximum efficiency.

The chassis makes both compact models sporty and agile. The new electromechanical steering guarantees that the driver has optimal assistance in all driving situations. The power assist is reduced as vehicle speed increases. In the newly created sport equipment line, the tuning is stiffer, but it is more comfortable than in the previous model. For even more dynamic performance, there is the S line sport suspension. Also new is the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. The driver can use it to vary the engine characteristic, the optional S tronic and adjustable shock absorbers – another new option – over the three modes auto, efficiency and dynamic.

Wheel diameters range from 15 to 18 inches. ESC Electronic Stabilization Control makes handling even more precise and stable, and torque vectoring reduces understeer at performance limits.

The high‑end infotainment solution is MMI navigation plus with a large memory and intelligent speech control. Its monitor folds out from the instrument panel. The ideal complement is the Audi connect module including car phone, which connects the car to the Internet. The driver can use the online services of Audi connect, and passengers can connect their mobile devices to a WiFi hotspot. Fine components such as the Bose Surround Sound system round out the infotainment lineup.

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Four meters of dynamism: the Audi S1 and Audi S1 Sportback
The top models of the series are the Audi S1 and Audi S1 Sportback Their 2.0 TFSI produces 170 kW (231 hp) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb‑ft) of torque. The small compact sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system transfers engine power to all four wheels. It is designed for maximum driving fun. The tuning is decidedly stiff; specially developed pivot bearings on the front suspension and a sophisticated four‑link rear suspension deliver even better dynamic performance. The wheels are 17 inches in diameter; Audi drive select and adjustable shock absorbers are standard. Exterior and interior details underline the exceptional positioning that the S1 and S1 Sportback assume in their segment. The range of standard features is particularly extensive.

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