Audi A1 (2010–2015)

Model History

December 2009

Audi A1 revealed

Three TFSI and TDI engines initially available in UK, all featuring engine start-stop and recuperation technology:

1.2 chain cam TFSI petrol offering 86PS, 160Nm, 55.4mpg, CO2 119g/km.

1.4 chain cam TFSI petrol with 122PS, 200Nm, 55.4mpg, CO2 119g/km (with optional S tronic transmission).

1.6 belt cam TDI diesel offering 105PS, 250Nm, 72.4mpg, CO2 102g/km.

Smallest wheel and deepest profile tyres size is 205/55/R15.

Standard features include alloy wheels, air conditioning, single CD audio system and ESP with latest differential lock system. Production version had its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 and was available to order in the UK from May for late 2010 deliveries.

The new 1.2 chain cam TFSI petrol engine linked exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission kicks off the range, its 86bhp and 160Nm peak power and torque outputs enabling a 0-62mph time of 12.1 seconds and a 111mph top speed, delivered with 55.4mpg capability and low CO2 of 119g/km.

The more familiar 1.4 chain cam TFSI power unit is next up, and delivers its 122PS and 200Nm via the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. Equipped with S tronic it takes the A1 to 62mph in 9.1 seconds, and on to 124mph where conditions allow, and in this form can match its smaller counterpart on economy and emissions, delivering up to 55.4mpg with CO2 output of 119g/km.

The 105PS 1.6-litre diesel is the third engine option, and via a five-speed manual gearbox uses its impressive 250Nm torque output to power the A1 to 62mph in 10.8 seconds and on to a 116mph top speed, while retaining the potential to achieve 72.4mpg economy with emissions of 102g/km.

15-inch, 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels and either a standard setting for the SE, a stiffer Sport configuration with lowered ride height or an even more sporting S line set-up. Powerful all-disc brakes, ventilated at the front, and power-saving electrohydraulic power steering feature as standard across the board.

All engine options are supported by the latest generation ESP system with electronic differential, which initiates brief, controlled braking of the inside front wheel and transfers the excess torque to the outside wheel, which can apply more power to the road. This helps to further boost handling agility and neutrality by minimising understeer and improving traction.

The vast majority of the familiar Audi appointments will either be fitted as standard or optional. Standard features will include alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors, remote central locking, a single CD audio system and split folding rear seats.

Features common to the SE, Sport and S line options available for UK A1 models will include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

Sport model additions include larger diameter wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System, while S line versions upgrade with extras such as an exclusive S line exterior treatment including larger 17-inch alloy wheels, S line sports suspension and leather and cloth combination upholstery.

Xenon headlamps with trademark LED daytime running lights will be available at extra cost exclusively for S line models, but all versions will offer the option to upgrade with premium segment specification enhancements such as a BOSE sound system including LED-lit woofers, DAB radio, the Audi Music Interface for iPod connection, cruise and parking distance controls and the Multi Media Interface (MMI) navigation plus system. Based on the system used by the latest Audi A8, MMI navigation plus incorporates a 60 gigabyte hard drive, 20 gigabytes of which can be devoted to music files.

The A1 will also offer a choice of equipment packages, as well as numerous customisation options for both exterior and interior using an array of colours, materials and equipment options designed to make each car feel as unique and personal as possible.

The Audi A1 Sportback concept with 92g/km CO2 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008. The compact five-door model with hybrid drive shows another possible direction for the forthcoming production A1 and combines a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine driving the front wheels and delivering 150bhp at 5,500rpm and 240Nm from 1,600 to 4,000rpm with a 27bhp electric motor capable of adding up to 150Nm of torque when the vehicle is accelerating .

0-60mph in 7.6 seconds, 124mph top speed, 72.4mpg, 92g/km CO2

3,990mm long x 1,750mm wide x 1,400mm high

Capacity of lithium-ion batteries makes a range of up to 62 miles possible without petrol engine intervention - emissions and consumption reduced by around 30 per cent as a result

January 2011

185PS supercharged and turbocharged 1.4 TFSI announced Priced from £20,705 OTR. Supercharged from 1,500rpm and turbocharged from 3,500rpm. 185PS, 250Nm, 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, top speed 141mph, combined mpg 47.9, CO2 139g/km. S tronic twin-clutch transmission and S line specification as standard.

McPherson strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension with separate springs and dampers and taut S line settings forms the basis for agile handling, giving keen turn in and impressive mid-corner stability and grip. Control under pressure is also safeguarded by the latest ESP stabilization program with electronic axle differential lock, which initiates very brief braking of the inside front wheel when its sensors detect an impending loss of traction during fast cornering.

The performance-oriented S line suspension forms part of the overall S line specification that is standard for the 1.4 TFSI 185PS, and includes features such as an exclusive S line exterior treatment, 17-inch alloy wheels and part leather-upholstered sports seats. This is in addition to the Sport equipment level which already includes remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, Driver’s Information System and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

November 2011

More powerful TDI and new Black Edition and Contrast Edition launched

The new design options can now also be combined with a more powerful 2.0-litre, 143PS TDI engine that complements the existing 1.6-litre, 105PS unit.

Contrast Edition specification is available for a premium of £1,350 over the price of an equivalent A1 Sport model, and in conjunction with all engines in the A1 range with the exception of the 1.4 TFSI 185PS. It brings a contrasting colour for the roof line and for aerodynamic body styling elements that are also added over and above the Sport specification, plus larger 17-inch ‘five-arm’ design bi-colour alloy wheels that expand on the Sport model’s 16-inch examples. For a more resolutely sporty look a double-blade roof spoiler, also in a contrasting colour, can be added at extra cost.

The Black Edition alternative is based on the top S line specification, and is available exclusively in conjunction with the 185PS 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and the newly introduced 143PS 2.0-litre TDI. For a premium of £1,100 over the S line models, it adds a black styling treatment for the single frame grille surround and number plate holder, dark tinted rear privacy glass, 18-inch five-arm rotor design alloy wheels in a titanium finish in place of the S line model’s 17-inch equivalents and Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime-running lights. Inside, it also brings full electronic climate control as an enhancement to the S line model’s manual air conditioning and the Audi Sound System speaker upgrade giving 180 watts of output.

Alongside the additional scope for visual enhancement offered by the two new specification options comes the potential for even greater TDI pace thanks to the fifth and latest introduction to the A1 engine range. The 2.0-litre TDI with common-rail fuel injection is available in conjunction with Sport, S line, Contrast Edition and Black Edition specification levels, and is priced from £17,945 OTR. It develops 143PS and maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1750 and 2500 rpm – enough to push the A1 2.0 TDI with six-speed manual transmission to 62mph from rest in 8.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 135mph.

December 2011

A1 quattro announced with just 333 to be sold worldwide

The A1 quattro has turbocharged and directly injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which delivers its maximum 256PS output at 6,000rpm, and 350Nm torque peak between 2,500 and 4,500rpm. Enables A1 quattro to power from rest to 60mph in 5.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 152mph.

Has six-speed manual transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. At 3,987 millimetres in length, the A1 quattro is 33 millimetres longer than the ‘standard' car on which it is based. It matches its counterparts for width and height, standing at 1,740 millimetres and 1,416 millimetres respectively. Luggage capacity is 210 litres with seats up rising to 860 litres with seats folded.

As befits its standing at the pinnacle of the A1 range the A1 quattro will be suitably lavishly equipped with many features taken directly from the luxury class. Xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, an LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensors, the acoustic rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, a storage package, the convenience key and cruise control will all feature.

February 2012

Audi confirmed the A1 quattro will be priced at £41,020

With its Glacier White metallic paint, Glacier White 18-inch turbine design alloy wheels, high-gloss black roof complete with prominent spoiler and deep-set bumpers with 100-millimetre tailpipes at the rear the A1 quattro looks fresh from the rally stage. The quattro badges on the grille, roof arch and rear hatch further reinforce this.

Purposeful black dominates the interior, a focal point of which is the multi-adjustable Silk Nappa leather-upholstered S sport seats with their pronounced bolsters, integrated head restraints, red stitching and quattro insignias. Eye-catching features also include white needles, the red-faced rev counter and the flat-bottomed multi-function sports steering wheel with contrasting red stitching and an inset limited edition plaque.

As befits its standing at the pinnacle of the range the A1 quattro will be suitably lavishly equipped with virtually the full complement of equipment, which if added to a standard series production A1 would boost its price by over £11,000. Features include xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, an LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensors, the acoustic rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, a storage package, the convenience key and cruise control.

July 2013

Audi A1 S line Style Editions added to the range

Colourful new complement to the S line specification for Audi A1 and A1 Sportback available in conjunction with selected petrol and TDI engines. The A1 S line Style Editions with their striking exterior and interior additions sit midway between the S line and more overt Black Edition options already offered for the A1, and include around £2,200-worth of design and technology-oriented options for a premium of £950 above the equivalent S line model. Prices will range from £18,125 OTR to £20,605.

The new S line Style Edition upgrade includes metallic or pearl-effect paint finishes in a choice of Ice Silver, Phantom Black, Misano Red or Glacier White colour schemes. These are complemented by a gloss black finish for the contrasting roof line in three-door versions, and a fully gloss black contrasting roof in Sportback models, both of which also feature gloss black door mirror housings. An additional black styling package also brings a gloss finish for the single frame front grille surround and a matt black finish for the grille, fog light surrounds and number plate holder.

S line versions of the A1 are already marked out by exclusive S line exterior styling treatments for the grille, side sills and bumpers, and in S line Style Edition versions the more purposeful stance these create is further enhanced by xenon headlamps with distinctive LED daytime running lights and 17-inch ‘five V-spoke' alloy wheels with a bi-colour finish, which replace the standard 17-inch ‘five twin-spoke' S line wheels. A bi-colour ‘five-arm' design is also available as a no-cost option.

This attractive specification is available in conjunction with the 1.2 TFSI with 86PS, the 1.4 TFSI with 122PS and the 1.6 TDI with 105PS. The A1 1.6 TDI S line Style Edition offers up to 74.3mpg in the ECDC Combined lab test, which equates to CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The new Style Edition specification is the second in the A1 range to be based on the popular S line trim level. Range-topping Black Edition models, including upgrades such as 18-inch titanium finish alloy wheels, the 180-watt Audi sound system, privacy glass and electronic climate control, also build on the S line foundation, and are available in conjunction with two 1.4-litre TFSI engines - the 140PS version with Cylinder-on-Demand technology and the supercharged and turbocharged 185PS option - plus the 2.0-litre TDI with 143PS.

Audi A1 S line Style Edition - UK OTR Pricing

1.2 TFSI 86PS six-speed manual £18,125
1.4 TFSI 122PS six-speed manual £18,535
1.4 TFSI 122PS seven-speed S tronic £19,985
1.6 TDI 105PS six-speed manual £19,185

November 2014

1.0 TFSI engine added to A1 range

Available to order in spring 2015 priced from £14,315 with first deliveries in summer 2015. Revised A1 and A1 Sportback ranges priced from £15,390 OTR to £21,640 OTR available to order from late November 2014 with first deliveries in spring 2015

Styling revisions inside and out, more equipment, new or improved engines including 1.6 TDI now offering up to 80.7mpg with 92g/km output (manual) and new 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder emitting 99g/km

7-speed S tronic now available for all variants, including 1.6 TDI

More equipment across SE, Sport and S line specification levels, improved option packs

Powering the first UK-market versions of these new models will be a choice of two 1.4 TFSI petrol engines or a TDI diesel which are now compliant with the latest EU6 emissions regulations and which offer more power, improved economy and in the majority of cases lower emissions than their predecessors. Base 1.4TSI now has 125PS and emits 115g/k, CO2; 1.4TSI ACT ‘Cylinder-on-Demand' engine now had 150PS and emits 112g/km CO2.

Power of 1.6 TDI is increased to 115PS and CO2 CO2 reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles and ECDC combined mpg increased from 74.3mpg to up to 80.7mpg.

New A1 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI emits 99g/km CO2. Provisional data for the A1 1.0 TFSI indicates that it will be capable of returning at least 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, yet with 95PS - a 6PS increase over the 1.2 TFSI that it replaces (and significantly more than in the Up or Fabia) will also deliver suitably peppy performance.

Either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission as standard, and all, including the 1.6 TDI are also be available with the option of a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission.

SE versions run on more comfort-oriented dynamic suspension, Sport models have a firmer sports configuration which has been revised to increase its absorbency and S line versions ride even lower on S line sports suspension. Customers choosing the Sport option can dial back to the even more supple dynamic suspension at no cost if preferred, and the set-up in S line versions can also be taken back one or two steps to either the ‘standard' sports suspension or the dynamic suspension, also at no cost.

The latest Sport models include Audi Music Interface and preparation for SD card-based navigation, and already featured upgrades such as larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver's Information System

S line versions benefit from standard xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, further enhancing an additional specification which already included 17-inch alloy wheels, exclusive S line exterior styling and interior detailing, S line sports suspension and leather and cloth combination upholstery.

What does a Audi A1 (2010 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £18,440
Buy new from £16,852
Contract hire from £195.76 per month