Audi A1 2020 pricing and spec: Premium city car goes high tech

Audi’s second-generation A1 city hatch has finally arrived in Australia with a choice of three variants after being revealed over 12 months ago in June 2018.

The A1 also debuts a completely new styling language, doing away with the retro lines of the previous car to instead offer a sporty angular look. Its tech suite is significantly upgraded, with all cars offering up-to-date active safety features and the latest connectivity technology.

The three variant range kicks off with the 30 TFSI. Powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine (85kW/200Nm) mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the entry-level A1 is the most affordable vehicle in Audi’s range at $32,350 before on-road costs.

Standard inclusions are 16-inch alloy wheels, Audi’s signature 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android AutoDAB+ digital radio and USB-C connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, cloth seat trim, leather steering wheel, air-conditioning, and turn-key ignition

16-inch alloy wheels come standard on the 30 TFSI. 16-inch alloy wheels come standard on the 30 TFSI.

A manual version, available in Europe, will not be available in Australia. The 30TFSI has a claimed/combined fuel usage figure of 5.4L/100km.

Next up is the 35 TFSI ($35,290), which is powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine (110kW/250Nm) which is also mated to the same seven-speed transmission. This engine and transmission combination is available with a petrol particulate filter in Europe, but that feature has been removed for Australian-delivered vehicles. Our vehicles do arrive with Audi’s new cylinder-on-demand technology, which can switch off two of the four cylinders when the car is cruising.

Added standard kit on the 35 TFSI includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and push-start, an interior ambient lighting package, an auto-dimming rear vision mirror, an armrest centre console, and a wireless charging bay. The 35 TFSI also receives minor style fitting changes from the base car.

The 35 TFSI is powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. The 35 TFSI is powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine.

Audi claims the 35 TFSI will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds and will consume 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle.

Topping the A1 range is the 40 TFSI ($46,450). Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo (147kW/320Nm), it is the only A1 offered with a six-speed automatic.

Standard kit is upgraded to include 18-inch alloy wheels, an S-Line sporty aesthetic upgrade, LED headlights and rear lights, dual-zone climate control, sports suspension with adjustable dampers, heated and auto-folding exterior mirrors with kerb-dipping function, Audi’s fully-fledged ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dash, sat-nav and built-in internet connectivity, and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Topping the A1 range is the 40 TFSI. Topping the A1 range is the 40 TFSI.

The 40 TFSI has a claimed fuel consumption rating of 6.4L/100km.

The 30 and 35 TFSI can be had with the ‘Technik Package’ ($3200) which adds sat-nav, built-in internet connectivity, ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dash, an upgraded sound system, a ‘luggage compartment package’, and wireless CarPlay connectivity.

Other options include either ‘Style Package 1’ – including LED headlights, colour lighting package, heated, auto-folding wing mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels – or ‘Style Package 2’ – including the same items but with 17-inch wheels in a different design. Both style packages come at a cost of $2990.

Premium paint options cost between $490 and $990 and can be had with a black contrasting roof ($890) and/or styling highlight package ($790).

Only the 40 TFSI can be equipped with the S Line packages. The exterior package, consisting of black air dams and spoilers comes standard, but the interior package ($1100 – currently the only way to get leather seats and a D-shaped steering wheel in the A1 range) is on the options list.

The top-spec 40 TFSI is also the only A1 that can be fitted with adaptive cruise control as part of the ‘Premium plus package’ ($2990).

Only the 40 TFSI can be equipped with the S Line packages. Only the 40 TFSI can be equipped with the S Line packages.

The A1’s dimensions have grown significantly, now 56mm longer than its predecessor. This allows for a much larger cabin area, as well as a 335-litre boot, which is 65 litres more than the previous A1.

Standard safety features include auto emergency braking (AEB – with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning. At long last every A1 gets a reversing camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. There is no blind-spot monitoring (BSM) or rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) available in the A1 range.

The A1 is covered by a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty and capped-price service pricing is sold in either three- or five-year packages ($1480 – $1990) bundled in at the time of purchase.

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30 TFSI Sportback $32,350
35 TFSI Sportback $35,290
40 TFSI Sportback $46,450