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29-06-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

The Audi A1 Sportback Heralds the Return of the Ur-Quattro

Christiane Köllner

Audi has unveiled the new A1 Sportback, which is now sportier, more networked with the digital world, and offers more opportunities for customisation. The second generation of Audi’s most compact model will roll out to dealers in autumn. 

In 2010, a brand-new Audi model line made its debut in the shape of the A1. The second generation of this compact car is now due to be launched. The new Audi A1 Sportback can be ordered from summer 2018 and will be launched on the European market in autumn 2018.

The A1 Sportback has grown significantly in length – with an additional 56 millimetres, it now measures 4.03 metres. Its width has remained almost the same at 1.74 metres. The new-generation model including its aerial is 1.43 metres in height. Luggage capacity has increased by 65 litres. Normal capacity is 335 litres, while this increases to 1,090 litres with the rear seats folded down.

The wide track and short overhangs provide for a taut, sporty look. Three flat slits below the edge of the bonnet are a homage to the Sport quattro. The new A1 Sportback also emphasises its resemblance to the Audi Ur-quattro and Sport quattro when viewed from the side. A new feature in the A1 Sportback is the modular lines structure: for the first time, customers can combine exterior and interior lines however they like. 

Infotainment concept from the premium class 

The basic version of the Audi A1 Sportback comes standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunctional steering wheel. The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents information in the driver’s direct field of vision.

The infotainment concept in the new A1 Sportback comes from the premium segment. The MMI radio comes as standard and can be operated via the multifunctional buttons on the steering wheel and the display in the fully digital instrument cluster. In the top configuration, MMI navigation plus offers a 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen.

Driver assistance systems keep the compact car at the right distance from the car ahead, making it easier for the driver to keep to the lane, as well as park.

Optional sport suspension 

Besides the basic suspension, there is an option for a tauter sport suspension. Dynamic packages, which are individually configured for every engine version, bundle equipment options to give the A1 Sportback an even sportier trim. For the entry-level petrol engine, the “Basis” dynamic package includes a sport suspension, red brake callipers and larger brake discs. Audi offers the “Performance” dynamic package for the other engine versions. This also includes red brake callipers and larger brake discs, as well as a suspension with adjustable dampers, a sound actuator and Audi drive select.  

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