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Audi A1 Sportback

Yesterday, Audi revealed the five-door version of the A1 model which as far as the styling is concerned has a lot in common with its three-door sibling. The length of the car (3.95 meters) and the wheelbase (2.47 meters) are exactly the same as the three-door model, while the height and width have increased by 6 mm in order to improve room inside the cabin.

Audi A1 Sportback

As standard, the Audi A1 Sportback comes with a four-seat configuration but you can order it with a fifth one, no extra charge. The Ingolstadt-based automaker mentioned that shoulder room and headroom have increased about 0.39 inches (1 cm) compared to the three-door model. The trunk of the car has a capacity of 9.53 cu ft. (270 liters) which can be increased by folding down the split rear seat back. Doing so will increase the cargo room to 32.49 cu ft. (920 liters).

Audi A1 Sportback

In Europe the car will be available with a choice of three gasoline engines and three diesels. The entry-level gasoline engine will be a 1.2-liter TFSI unit that produces 86 hp and manages to return 46.1 mpg (5.1 liters / 100 km), along with two 1.4-liter TFSI engines, one that develops 122 hp and another one that generates 185 hp. With the most powerful engine, the Audi A1 Sportback is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 141 mph (227 km/h).

Audi A1 Sportback

As for diesels, there are two 1.6-liter TDIs, one with 90 hp and the other with 105 hp. Both of these engines manage to return 61.9 mpg (3.8 liters / 100 km). There’s also a beefier 2.0-liter TDI that fires 143 hp and enables the A1 Sportback to hit 62 mph in 8.5 seconds and return 57.4 mpg (4.1 liters / 100 km).

Audi A1 Sportback

For the 1.4 TFSI 122 hp engine and the 1.6 TDI 90 hp unit, Audi offers an optional 7-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox, while the 185 hp 1.4 TFSI model gets it as standard.

The car will reach the dealerships in the spring of next year and in Germany it will carry a base price of 16,950 Euros for the model fitted with the 1.2-liter TFSI gasoline engine and in the Attraction trim level. The A1 Sportback equipped with the 1.6 TDI 90 hp engine will cost from 19,050 Euros.

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One of the main attractions of the Audi stand at the Paris show was the Audi A1 Sportback concept car. The design study follows Audi’s A1 Metroproject Quattro concept and it shows the German carmaker’s vision of a four-seater sub-compact hybrid. The concept is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 110 kW (150 hp), mated to an S tronic dual-clutch transmission. When the vehicle is accelerating, a 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor delivers an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft).

When both the petrol engine and the electric motors are running, the A1 Sportback is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds and it goes up to a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph). The use of the electric motor allows the A1 to get an impressive fuel consumption of only 3.9 liters per 100 km (60 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are kept at 92 g/km (148.06 g/mile). Not to mention that the electric motor is able to power the car on its own, when driving at low speeds; it offers a driving range of 100 km (62 miles), zero-emissions and the lithium-ion batteries can be recharged from any power socket.

Impressive concept from Audi, and we’re probably going to see a production-ready version soon, especially with the new Euro 5 standards waiting to be introduced in 2012, despite carmakers’ protests.

Read more about the Audi A1 Sportback in the offical press release (click here) and enjoy the photos we took at the French show.

Photo Gallery: Audi A1 Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show


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