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Audi is expanding the A1's interest with the new Sportback five-door vehicle, expecting to be the best selling A1 on the market. The Audi Sportback A1 will not only include an extra pair of doors, it's also improved spacious interior to fit five, a pair of brand new engines and distinctive styling cues.
While the length of the motor stays the same as the three-door, the Sportback is six millimetres wider and six millimetres taller, resulting in both better headroom and legroom. Although the difference is notable, the Audi A1 Sportback is still slightly cramped for six-footers. The boot is 270 litres, the same as the three-door vehicle, which rises to 920 litres with the foldable seats down.
What makes the Audi A1 Sportback easily distinguishable is its full opposing roof, available in Daytona grey, silver, or black. Despite the roof being higher and extending a few millimetres further, the vehicle loses none of its modern flair.
There's a huge variety of engines available, for such a compact car, all with stop-start fitted. The cheapest is the 85bhp 1.2 TFSI costing only £13,980, while the fastest is the 182bhp 1.4 TFSI, gifted with a 0-62mph speed of seven seconds. The 104 bhp 1.6 TDI diesel is the cleanest, with emissions of 99g/km and economy of 74.3mpg.
The Audi A1 Sportback revs rapidly and smoothly, feeling very quick. Its handling is agile, due to the motors low weight. Even on the firmer suspension, the steering rides supremely well. An electronic quality, which brakes the wheel with least grip, maximises grip round corners and helps elude understeer.
The personalisation of small cars is big business currently, and the Audi A1 Sportback is no different. Options are given to go for sized 15-18 inch wheels, with 14-speaker Bose stereo, 3D Google maps and sat-nav are all available. The interior can be customised from a selection of garnish colours, from lime green to white. The entire car can be transformed into a wi-fi hotspot by connecting your phone via Bluetooth, all through the latest MMI 3G System.