The A1 gets a five-door Sportback version
Small but perfectly formed — that’s the five-door Sportback version of Audi’s A1, a premium take on the vw polo
THE A1 opened doors for Audi in the prestige light-car class. Now the five-door Sportback model is going to prop those doors open as the company looks to consolidate its lead over the Mini Cooper/ Countryman duo.
The three-door A1 has been on sale in Australia since last year and the addition of a fivedoor version will make the hatch with the four-ring badge more attractive to young families and those who regularly put passengers in the rear seats.
Audi Australia has yet to finalise prices for the Sportback range but spokeswoman Anna Burgdorf says the aim is to have it on sale for less than $1000 more than a comparable three-door A1. That would put a base five-door automatic model (manuals account for only a quarter of A1 sales) at about $33,000 plus on-roads. Most will spend more though, given connectivity features such as satnav and Bluetooth with audio streaming are bundled in ‘‘ packages’’ and will be seen as must-have features for the 30-to-45-yearold target demographic. Which bits you must have will depend on the budget.
The running gear is shared with the A1 three-door, which in turn is based on the Volkswagen Polo, and includes three turbocharged engines. Fuel efficiency is their strong suit, with the diesel rated at 3.8L/100km and the 136kw