Audi has announced that the five-door version of the A1, which is called the Sportback, will be introduced early next year. The car is the same length as its three-door sibling, but is 6 mm wider and several millimetres taller, at 1.75 metres and 1.42 metres respectively, and as such offers more space in the rear seats.

The A1 Sportback seats four, but a fifth seat is available on request, at no extra charge. Headroom and shoulder room have each been increased by about 10 mm compared with its three-door sister model. The car offers a boot capacity of 270 litres, and folding down the split rear seat increases this to 920 litres.

Buyers will be able to choose from three TFSI gasoline and three TDI diesel engines producing between 86 hp and 185 hp. A choice of five-speed or six-speed manual transmissions are available, depending on the engine, and the seven-speed S tronic is available as an option with the 122 hp 1.4 TFSI and 90 hp 1.6 TDI, and as standard with the range topping 185 hp 1.4 TFSI model.

Aside from a variety of interior trim choices, there are 12 exterior finishes to pick from, including a new shade called Samoa Orange, which is exclusive to the A1 Sportback. A S line exterior package is available as an option. Upon request, Audi can paint the roof line – the roof arch, the roof and the roof spoiler – in one of three contrasting colours.

Features include xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights, a high-beam assistant, a light and rain sensor, panoramic sunroof, the convenience key, the alarm system, two different parking system versions and cruise control, to name a few.

As for wheel choices, it starts from 15-inches right up to optional 18-inch alloys from quattro, with a new 17-inch seven-spoke design exclusive to the Sportback.