Audi is on a roll here in Malaysia. The A6 hybrid that we drove last month was sold out mere weeks after its launch, with Euromobil’s entire 2013 allocation all spoken for. They’re now gunning for the entry-level premium market with the new Audi A1 Sportback, a five-door variant of the original A1 launched in 2011.
How much do you have to pay for the two extra doors? Nothing, as it’s priced exactly the same as the standard A1 at RM179,900 before insurance, making it the joint most affordable Audi you can buy here. You’ll have to be quick to get the limited period introductory price though, as it’ll revert to its standard price tag of RM185,000 soon.
Only a single variant is offered, a base turbocharged 1.4 TFSI with 122 hp at 5,000rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. Taking care of gear changes is a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission complete with steering mounted shift paddles. 0-100 km/h takes nine seconds flat, and top speed is 203 km/h. 18.9 km per litre is on offer here.
Dimensionally nothing much has changed. The Sportback may look bigger and longer than the three-door A1, but it’s not. Length stays the same at just under four metres, and the 2469 mm wheelbase is carried over as well. Width and height however, have been increased slightly by 6 mm each, giving passengers 11 and 13 mm more head and shoulder room respectively.
Aside from improved access, rear occupants are better accommodated too, as the seats are now designed for three, each with its own headrest and full three-point seatbelt. Available legroom stays as before, as do the 270-litre boot. The rear seats fold down (but not flat) to open up as much 920 litres of space. For neat freaks, there’s an optional luggage package that adds storage compartments under the boot floor.
Externally, standard features include LED DRLs and rear lights, xenon headlamps and 16-inch wheels (optional 17-inchers are pictured here). If you have an extra RM15,000 to spare, you can choose the S-line package that adds more aggressive exterior treatment, 17-inch alloys from quattro Gmbh, sports suspension and leather/cloth combination upholstery.
Customisation includes the choice of three contrasting colours for the roof line and the entire roof itself (a Sportback-specific addition) as part of the S-line package. Twelve colour options are available, including Samoa Orange that is available exclusively for the new five-door. Picking a pearl effect colour adds RM2,500 to the price.
This small car isn’t small on creature comforts. Automatic climate control, 6.5-inch colour display, Bluetooth connectivity and voice dialogue system are all packed in. An audiophile-approved 14-speaker 465-watt Bose audio system is a RM4,000 optional extra, while an MMI navigation with a higher res screen and Bluetooth car online system are included in the optional technology package (price yet undisclosed).
It’s not short on safety kit either. You get a full compliment of six airbags, ESP, ASR, EDL, ABS, EBD, BA, and even ISOFIX mounts for the rear seats. So there you have it. Small car, big on Audi. You likey?
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