Audi reveals the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S-Line for the UK. Available only in S-Line trim the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI will cost from £20,705
This hot A1 is the car that Audi had decided was to be the Audi S1. Only they lost their bottle at the last minute and decided that they really couldn’t let the side down by having an ‘S’ model without quattro drive. So this car got renamed the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI, and is basically the VW Polo GTI in Audi clothes. And none the worse for that.
The 1.4 litre four-pot comes complete with turbo and supercharger and delivers 182bhp shoved through an S tronic seven-speed twin-clutch ‘box to the front wheels, with 62mph coming up in just 6.9 seconds. Not quite hot, but on the warm side of warm. And as long as you don’t actually use the performance the A1 will manage 47.9mpg and 139g/km of C02.
The A1 1.4 TFSI comes in S-Line trim, which means sports suspension, sporty bodykit with tweaked bumpers, side skirts and rear diffuser. There’s also a set of 17″ alloys and the sports seats are part leather. The usual S-Line stuff.
Away from the sporty stuff the A1 1.4 TFSI gets a decent level of equipment including AirCon, Bluetooth, iPod connection and a driver’s info centre.
All of which is very pleasant, but it comes at a price – the A1 1.4 TFSI starts at £20,705. Which is an awful lot of money for a supermini. Even one as quick and well-equipped as the A1 1.4 TFSI. It’s also £2k more than the equivalent – and just as swift – VW Polo GTI.
Still, it is the top of the range Audi A1, at least until the real Audi S1 comes along. And there was always going to be a price to pay to own the ‘Only Premium Car in its Sector.’