Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A1 Sportback on Audi Springboard

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A1 Sportback on Audi Springboard

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Byline: STEWART SMITH

AUDI is well known for the number of new models it introduces and the latest is the stylish five-door version of its big-selling A1 hatchback. On sale in March, the stylish A1 Sportback offers the convenience of an extra seat and added doors, but not at the expense of good looks. Although it retains the same wheelbase and dimensions as the three-door A1 it is slightly taller and wider and the added space is good news for rear seat passengers. It offers more head and shoulder room for taller passengers.

And if you don't want the additional rear seat it can be ordered as a four-seater.

Luggage space remains the same as the three-door offering 270 litres or 920 litres with the split-folding rear seats down.

The Sportback looks great with the usual aggressive Audi grille up front, racy side lines and sporty alloys. It comes in SE, Sport and S line specifications and all models include alloys, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front and rear windows and mirrors, a CD Concert audio system and a 6.5-inch retractable display. Sport models have larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone and a driver's information system.

The S line adds 17-inch alloys, S line sports suspension and leather and cloth upholstery.

There will be four engines to choose from at launch, three petrol and one diesel.

Petrols are 1.2 TFSI (86bhp), 1.4 (122bhp) and 1.4 (185bhp). The oil-burner is the 1.6 TDI (105bhp). If it's frugal fuel use you're looking for the TDI is the obvious choice. Audi claims it can return 74.3mpg on a combined run and produces just 99g/km emissions.

All except the 185bhp TFSE come with a stop/start fuel saving system as standard.

In the summer the engine line-up will be joined by a new 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylinder on Demand Technology. …

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