Audi A1 Sportback (2012–2018)

Model History

November 2011

A1 Sportback launched

Will become available in the UK in November 2011 with the first cars arriving with customers here in the spring of 2012. Carrying a modest £560 premium over each equivalent three-door A1 in exchange for greater convenience and five-seat capability, the A1 Sportback will be priced from £13,980 OTR.

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

Although its compact, city-friendly dimensions very closely follow those of the three-door A1, the A1 Sportback is actually six millimetres taller and six millimetres wider, and inside offers slightly more head room and shoulder room as a result. It also makes provision for an extra passenger - up to three can pass through its rear doors and take a seat, each of them protected by a headrest and full three-point seatbelt.

Luggage compartment capacity is on a par with the three-door A1 at 270 litres with the backrests of the standard split/folding rear seat in place or 920 litres with the seat folded. The L-shaped, retractable head restraints do not have to be removed to do this. The loading lip is a comfortably low 66 centimetres, and stowage can be further simplified by an optional luggage package featuring usefully divided storage compartments under the loading floor and other amenities.

Features common to the SE, Sport and S line options available for UK A1 Sportback models include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front and rear windows and mirrors, split folding rear seat and a six-speaker single CD Concert audio system linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

Sport model additions include larger 16-inch 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.

The standard Concert audio system with its 6.5-inch retractable monitor and SD card reader serves as the foundation for options such as the connectivity package, which includes the Audi music interface (AMI), Bluetooth telephone preparation, Bluetooth audio streaming and a second SD card reader which prepares the A1 to accept SD card-based satellite navigation. The customer can activate the latter at any time via an Audi Centre at extra cost.

Externally, the options list for the A1 Sportback extends beyond the three-door version by offering customers the possibility to choose one of three contrasting colours not only for the roof line as in the three-door, but also for the entire roof itself as well as, in S line models, the spoiler that extends from it. The Sportback will also expand on the eleven paint colours available for the three door with a twelfth – Samoa Orange – that will be available exclusively for the new five-door.

The A1 Sportback range will initially feature a choice of three TFSI petrol engines and one TDI diesel producing between 86PS and 185PS. All bar the 185PS unit will have their impressive efficiency further enhanced by an engine start-stop system.

The 1.2-litre TFSI (86PS), 1.4-litre TFSI (122PS), 1.4-litre twin-charger TFSI (185PS) and 1.6-litre TDI (105PS) line-up will be joined in the summer of 2012 by a fifth member – the 2.0-litre TDI with 143PS. Just introduced into the three-door A1 line-up, it will power the A1 Sportback 2.0 TDI to 62mph in 8.5 seconds, and has the potential for 68.9mpg according to the combined cycle test.

In line with the three-door A1 range, the 1.6-litre TDI model will again be the efficiency standard-bearer for the Sportback, combining its 105PS output with the potential for 74.3mpg and a congestion charge and VED-eliminating 99 gram CO2output per kilometre.

The performance flagship – the turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 TFSI 185PS - will feature the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox with its exceptionally rapid shifts as standard, helping it to sprint to 62mph from rest in 7.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 141mph. This much-praised, performance-oriented transmission will also be available as an option for the 1.4 TFSI with 122PS. All other versions use quick and smooth-shifting manual transmissions.

Thanks in part to these relatively light, compact engines, weight distribution in the A1 Sportback is remarkably even front-to-rear. Combined with short overhangs, sophisticated front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension and the latest generation Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with electronic axle differential, this makes for a compliant ride and well-balanced handling that is also nimble and fun. This is especially true of the Sport models with their tauter set-up, and even more so with the S line-specific settings.

SE Model pricing
Petrol - SE
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.2TFSI SE Manual 86PS 118 5-speed manual £11,112.50 £13,335 £13,980
Diesel - SE
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.6TDI SE Manual 105PS 99 5-speed manual £11,995.83 £14,395.00 £15,040
Sport Model pricing
Petrol - Sport
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.2TFSI Sport Manual 86PS 118 5-speed manual £12,645.83 £15,175 £15,820
1.4TFSI Sport Manual 122PS 126 6-speed manual £12,987.50 £15,585 £16,230
1.4TFSI Sport S tronic 122PS 119 7-speed S tronic £14,195.83 £17,035 £17,680
Diesel - Sport
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.6TDI Sport Manual 105PS 99 5-speed manual £13,529.17 £16,235.00 £16,880
S line Model pricing
Petrol - S line
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.2TFSI S line Manual 86PS 118 5-speed manual £13,933.33 £16,720 £17,365
1.4TFSI S line Manual 122PS 126 6-speed manual £14,275.00 £17,130 £17,775
1.4TFSI S line S tronic 122PS 122 7-speed S tronic £15,483.33 £18,580 £19,225
1.4TFSI S line S tronic 185PS 139 7-speed S tronic £17,091.67 £20,510 £21,270
Diesel - S line
Engines Power CO 2
Transmission Basic RRP Total RRP OTR Price
1.6TDI S line Manual 105PS 99 5-speed manual £14,816.67 £17,780.00 £18,425

July 2013

Audi A1 S line Style Edition added to range

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.

Inside the A1 S line Style Edition, the sleeves for the striking propeller-style air vents that are a focal point of the attractively sculpted A1 dashboard are finished in either Misano Red or Glacier White when these exterior colours are chosen, or in gloss black in conjunction with the Ice Silver and Phantom Black exterior options. These elements further emphasize the sporting tone set by the part-leather sports seats and three-spoke S line sports steering wheel. The S line equipment list also includes powered windows and mirrors, a split/folding rear seat, air conditioning, a Concert CD audio system incorporating an SD card reader linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display screen, a Bluetooth mobile phone interface and a Driver's Information System.

November 2014

1.0 TFSI engine introduced

A1 1.0 TFSI 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 1.6TDI is increased to 115PS and CO2 reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles and ECDC combined mog 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.

Alternatively, a new suspension option including adjustable dampers is also now available for Sport models and above. New electromechanical steering system provides the driver with optimal assistance in all driving situations, reducing its assistance as vehicle speed increases.

Audi drive select now standard from Sport spec upwards with adjustable damping controllable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system. Allows the driver to vary the weighting or the damping characteristics across three modes - auto, dynamic and efficiency - and it can also adjust the operating parameters of the engine and the S tronic transmission, where this is fitted.

Interior the ambiance has also been lifted by additional chrome and high gloss black detailing, new upholstery choices including Alcantara and leather blend and new upholstery colours, such as Laser blue for Sport models and Rotor grey for S line models.

All versions have 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. A secondary collision brake assist system can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident.

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 Sportback (2012 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £17,735
Buy new from £16,722
Contract hire from £187.06 per month
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