PRES­TIGE

The A1 gets a five-door Sport­back ver­sion

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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

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