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Audi adds 5dr Sportback to the A1 range

An extra two doors could mean a lot more sales for the A1...

Audi has today unveiled the much-anticipated 5dr variant of the A1, to be called the A1 Sportback in line with the A3 and A5 models.

Unlike the A3 and A5 though, the A1 Sportback is identical in size and body style to the 3dr and just gains an extra set of doors. Designers have apparently found an extra 6mm in both height and width in the interior, which they say improves rear-seat room, one of the few major points of criticism in the 3dr. The Sportback weighs a mere 25 kg more than the 3dr, an impressive achievement for Audi.

This extra dose of practicality is what Audi hopes will bring an extra few thousand sales to last year's 18,000 sales volume. They do expect that up to 50% of buyers who would have previously bought the 3dr will now buy the Sportback instead.

From launch, the A1 Sportback will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants will be the 1.2 litre with 84 bhp, the 1.4 litre with 120 bhp and the supercharged and turbocharged 1.4 litre with 184 bhp. Diesel power is taken care of by the 1.6 litre engine producing 90 bhp or 104 bhp which emits just 99 g/km of CO2 in its lower state of tune. In the summer of 2012 there will be a 'performance' 2.0 litre turbodiesel added to the range with 143 bhp which combines decent performance with a combined 68 mpg.

The 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel engined Sportback models are also offered with the seven speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. Other models get a five or six speed manual gearbox.

The A1 Sportback is available to order from Audi dealers now, and model for model costs around £500 more than the 3dr. The entry-level Sportback 1.2 SE five-door costs £13,980, whilst the top of the range 1.6 TDi S-Line costs £18,345. Though as with all Audis it is worth noting that the price will go up rapidly once you start adding 'essential' options.

Images courtesy of Audi

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more