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Audi A1 Sportback 40TFSI S Line

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It’s an A for a reason

Since making its debut in South Africa back in 2011, the Audi A1 has become a favourite with the locals. The newest edition has been updated and upgraded- it’s bigger and more recognizable and not only due to its larger size and striking colours, but in its offerings as well. Its funky-fresh, packed with fun features and loaded with modern driving technologies.

The Concept

Inspired by the videogame Grand Theft Auto, it’s not surprising that the A1 has targeted the younger audience. Its crisp and up-to-date look and hatchback physique means that it’s the perfect fit for the student or just everyday urbanite. Although a bit bigger and more ‘mature’ looking, it means that it will not only appeal to freshly graduated matriculants, but more experienced youth (Psst...Mom! This also means that you won’t have to worry about your child only wanting this car for a year and then thinking it’s silly or outdated!)

The Look

Spunky, spirited and sporty are words I would use to describe the new Audi A1. It’s now bigger and better with shorter overhangs, a wide track and a black divergent roof for a more assertive appearance. Its front will be easily recognizable (if you happen to miss its striking colours, which is highly unlikely) with an enlarged grille and badge, side air intakes and Audi’s iconic three slits can also be found neatly tucked below the bonnet. Furthermore, it features Daytime running in its Xenon LED headlights which I must say I found to be futuristic and adds to the vehicles overall modern appeal and will definitely be attractive to younger buyers.

The Feel

Even though it has the typical compressed exterior size of a hatch, the interior is rather spacious. Front and rear passengers will fit comfortably in the head and leg department, even those of a taller spectrum will find comfort but I think that three adults might be a bit cramped in the rear. The 335-litre boot can also expand to 1090-litres when the rear seats are folded and loading, and offloading will also be painless thanks to the loading lip being rather low, this means you won’t be needing bulging muscles to put your groceries in the boot. The interior is also sleek and stylish- leather or cloth seats are available, the neatly laid out dash is complimented by glossy displays, ambient and adjustable lighting. Visibility is decent but can be limited by the inclined window line and the rear seat’s headrests that can be a bit difficult to look around and out of the rear window.

The Features

The MMI infotainment system is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity and Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System which can all be accessed via the touchscreen display or conveniently placed steering wheel toggles. Optional is the MMI navigation plus and keyless go for an enjoyable driving experience. Air conditioning, auto-dim interior mirror, central locking, climate control, cruise control, electric windows front and rear, electric windows and a rain sensor will ensure that your ride is always comfortable, and convenient. ABS six airbags including front side and curtain, ASC, Brake Assist, EBD, ESP and Tyre Pressure Monitor is also added to provide you and your passengers with utmost safety, and peace of mind on the road.

The Drive

This 2.0-litre turbocharged engine boosts out 147kW of power and 320Nm of torque, which is mighty impressive for an urban hatch. This also means that pull-away and overtaking will be swift and nimble. It has a reasonable fuel consumption of 6.0-litres per 100km which is a bit steep for a hatch but let’s face it, you don’t buy an Audi to look after your pocket rather to marvel at the pointing fingers and envious gazes. It’s an ideal vehicle for youth- it’s cheeky and sure-footed (but not too much that the youngster will test out their Formula 1 capability and potentials). The ride is a bit stiff for a hatch, but obviously, dampers would have knocked up the price considerably, but manages just fine and additionally means that there’s more balance than bounce. I think it’s a good vehicle for a student- its sensible, stylish and safe- three important S’s for youths. The automatic S tronic transmission paired with the selectable driving modes is not only highly adaptable but offers a smooth ride no matter the terrain.

Where to find it

If you would like to own one of these amazing Audis, check it out at www.audi.co.za now!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler
Editor: Pearl Mwale

 

 

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