The new Audi A1 Sportback is expected to arrive in South Africa by September 2019, but we already have indicative pricing for the second-generation version of Ingolstadt’s smallest hatchback.
According to a CARmag.co.za source, the local A1 Sportback range will comprise seven derivatives at launch, with three petrol powertrain options (each featuring an automatic transmission; no manual models are expected to be offered in SA).
The line-up will kick off with the A1 30 TFSI, which employs a turbocharged 1,0-litre, three-cylinder engine worth 85 kW and 200 N.m. That’s enough, says Audi, for a zero to 100 km/h time of 9,4 seconds and a top speed of 203 km/h. Indicative pricing starts at R378 500. This powertrain will also be offered in “Advanced” and “S line” trim, with indicative pricing set at R392 500 and R407 500, respectively.
Next will be the A1 35 TFSI, powered by a turbocharged 1,5-litre, four-cylinder engine complete with fuel-saving “cylinder-on-demand” technology. This four-pot’s peak outputs are 110 kW and 250 N.m, allowing for a dash to three figures in a claimed 7,7 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h. Our source has provided an indicative price of R448 500 for the base model, R462 500 for the “Advanced” derivative and R477 500 for the “S line” variant.
The A1 40 TFSI will sit at the summit of the local range, drawing 147 kW and 320 N.m (yes, the same as the Volkswagen Polo GTI) from its familiar EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol heart. With an indicative price of R488 000, the flagship A1 will reach 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 6,5 seconds before topping out at 235 km/h.
Of course, there’s plenty of time between now and September 2019, so it’s worth keeping in mind pricing may change before the launch...