The new Audi A1 has arrived in South Africa! Take a look at specification and pricing details for the newcomer below...
The Audi A1 is Ingolstadt's entry point to the brand. Built on the MQB platform and adopting the latest Audi design language both inside and out, the stylish compact car has now arrived on local soil. We had the chance to drive the all-new Audi A1 at its international launch in Spain in 2018.
All Audi A1 units will feature the S tronic dual-clutch transmission and there's no manual gearbox option at all. The range starts at R359 900 and tops out at R488 000. Kicking off the range is the 30 TFSI, which is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 85 kW and 200 Nm, and is capable of 9.4 seconds to 100 kph. Efficiency is claimed at 4.8 L/100 km. This engine will be available in 3 levels of trim: 30 TFSI, Advanced Line and S Line.
The next engine up is the 35 TFSI, a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It has 110 kW and 250 Nm on tap, and is slightly faster than its 30 sibling. Audi claims a 7.7 second sprint time to 100 kph, while it's said to consume 5.1 L/100 km on the combined cycle. Like the 30 TFSI, it's available in 3 levels of trim: 35 TFSI, Advanced Line and S Line.
Finally, at the top of the pile, is the 40 TFSI. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, this model has a performance slant. Packing 147 kW and 320 Nm, Audi claims it'll hurtle to 100 kph in just 6.5 seconds. Despite its performance credentials, Audi claims 6.0 L/100 km. Petrolheads will notice the engine specs and similarities between the 40 TFSI and the Volkswagen Polo GTI, and yes, the two products share platform and engine.
Design and features
The sleek, driver-focused cabin can be customised to your tastes and needs.
The new Audi A1 is offered with a choice of 10 exterior colours and a contrasting roof can be had as an option. The A1 is also highly customisable to suit customer tastes and preferences. Equipment lines include Standard, Advanced and S line.
Audi offers customers a range of packages to simplify the buying process and these packages include:
- Lights (for 30 TFSI only)
- S line interior
A Black Styling Package and Contrast Package is also on offer.
The interior design is modern and edgy in design with neat, high-quality finishes providing an upmarket look and feel. The A1 is fitted with an 8.8-inch digital instrument cluster as standard which can be upgraded to Audi's Virtual Cockpit if you so desire. In terms of infotainment, an MMI radio plus is fitted as standard but a larger 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen is on offer if you choose the optional MMI navigation plus. The Audi smartphone interface is also optional and it offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another option to consider is the Audi phone box which is able to charge your smartphone inductively via wireless charging according to Qi standard. For music lovers, a 560W Bang & Olufsen sound system with 11 speakers is an option.
In terms of practicality, the A1 is more spacious than before and the load bay has increased by 65 litres to now offer 335 litres, increasing to 1 090 litres with the rear seats folded down.
If you wish to make a sporty statement then perhaps the Edition 1 is for you as it's based on the S line equipment line and is finished in Python Yellow and rides on 18-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels. It also features a contrasting roof and exterior mirror housings and the LED lights (front and rear) are dark-tinted for added effect. The Audi rings on the front and back are finished in black for a trendy look.
Audi A1 (2019) Price in South Africa
30 TFSI R359 900
30 TFSI Advanced Line R373 900
30 TFSI S Line R388 900
35 TFSI R429 900
35 TFSI Advanced Line R443 900
35 TFSI S Line R458 900
40 TFSI S Line R488 000