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Driven: Audi A1 Sportback

HAILEY PHILANDER

Audi’s A1 is now available in South Africa but do the doors mean double the We took it on a loop through a few suburbs to check it out.

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The five-door A1 launch follows that of the version in January 2012 given South Africans’ for more practical five-door is expected to make quite a in the three-door’s sales performance.

While the extra doors do something for the A1’s profile – it now slightly more “complete” its extended roofline (by 80mm) and rear space – the Sportback is no than the more familiar (it’s 3.95m long).

the extended roof line is 11mm more headroom; passengers have 6mm more room.

IDENTICAL, BUT MORE

The is identical to that in the three-door quality touches and solid although the extra space in the makes it feel more and airy.

The A1 Sportback is sold as a five-seater in Africa but although those of you who the glass roof will to settle for four. The luggage too, is unchanged at 270 litres.

The A1 rides on the same chassis as with a front Macpherson and rear torsion beam despite the weight of the extra and doors it all feels beautifully – both around the city but at speed on country roads.

The five-door’s seven-model line-up is to that of the three-door and comprises two T FSI engines and a single 177kW/250Nm 1.6 The 63kW/160Nm 1.2T FSI continues as the version while the 1.4 is available as the and the twincharged 136kW/250Nm versions.

TO WAIT FOR S1?

We drove the 90kW and 1.4T FSI models with S (neither new to the A1 range or the Audi and the five-doors were perfectly in stop-go traffic requiring lane changes as well as comfortable on the longer stretches. The super- and turbo-charged unit now) guarantees the biggest fun in the little car while the 90kW has a mix of power and comfort for everyday

With the all-new A3 following in 2012 and through into the A1 Sportback certainly looks to stake its claim to a top spot in the profile, particularly with its mix of quality finishes and, five-door practicality.

I was left rather lukewarm by my encounter with the A1 but this somehow feels more the sum of its two extra doors. Keen A1 may, of course, choose to their time until the hot S1 into South Africa in

PRICES (including Audi’s or 100 000km Freeway maintenance

63kW 1.2T FSI Attraction – R227 400

90kW FSI Attraction manual – 500

90kW 1.4T FSI Attraction S – R260 000

90kW FSI Ambition manual – 500

90kW 1.4T FSI Ambition S – R278 000

136kW FSI S line S tronic – 500

77kW 1.6 TDI Ambition manual R254 500

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