Euromobil has officially announced the arrival of the Audi A1 in Malaysia, and the car enters the market in a single variant form, this being the 1.4 TFSI, priced at RM179,900 on-the-road, without insurance.

The four-cylinder 1.4 litre direct injection turbocharged block offers 122 hp at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque, available from 1,500-4,000 rpm – it’s mated to a 7-speed S-tronic transmission. Performance specs include a 0-100 kph time of 8.9 seconds and a 203 kph top speed. There’s a power difference compared to the 1.4 litre found in the Golf and Scirocco TSI; this is because the Audi uses the single turbo 1.4, not the twincharged 1.4.

Standard features include Xenon plus headlamps, LED rear lights, front and rear fog lamps, light and rain sensors as well as automatic air conditioning. Wearing an Ambition trim level, the car comes with front sports seats dressed in Herzklopfen cloth, aa leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel and aluminium-look interior trim.

Also on, a rear roof spoiler, side and rear windows in heat-insulating glass and 16-inch cast aluminium 10-spoke design wheels, wearing 215/45 series tyres. Safety kit includes six airbags and a host of ESP-based three-letter acronyms, these being ABS, EBD, ASR (traction control) and EDL, not forgetting brake assist.

Additionally, there’s a comprehensively equipped Audi Concert audio system, with a 6.5 inch TFT colour display, 6-CD changer, SDHC memory card reader/auxiliary input and Bluetooth, MP3, AAC and WMA compatibility to be found in the mix, complete with 10 speakers and a 180-watt six-channel amp.

Optional equipment for the A1 consists of pearl effect exterior colour (RM2,500), a panoramic roof (RM4,500), a 465-watt, 14 speaker Bose surround sound system (RM4,000) and a S line package (RM15,000).

The latter includes a S line sports suspension, 17-inch 5-double-spoke alloys with 215/40 rubbers and an interior, dashboard and headlining finished in black, with jet grey seams on the seat covers. The package also bags S line front/rear bumpers, side radiator grille and a rear diffuser insert, body coloured side sill strips and plenty of S line badging (front wings, door sill trim etc). among other things.

If you want to catch the car in the metal, you can do so at the A1 showcase at the Pavilion from today until this Sunday, June 26 – there’s a special A1 Hour happening from 5.15- 6.15pm, with a dance performance, games and giveaways to be had. Penangites can visit the similar showcase at Straits Quay, which also runs from today until Sunday.