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Audi A1 Sportback: Appellation usurped.
To € 700 over the A1 adopts two more doors, but is it really provided a Sportback? The version of "family" of versatile chic will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, held or was revealed there are already four study Metroconcept style. Full circle
Commercialization in April 2012
From € 17 100
Between the Audi A1 Sportback and version, you can not really speak of distinct silhouettes because mimicry is pushed to the limit.
The Sportback name that characterizes primarily the A3 five-door with an increased length of 4 cm and a trunk volume increased by 20 liters appears here on the A1 usurped.
But Audi also denominates its sedans and low A5 and A7, so there is really more logical now.
Only differences between an A1 and an A1 Sportback, obviously the number of doors, the appearance of a small side window and the slight improvement in rear.
Therefore be delivered through the Sportback to the range A1?
Four and five seats
It is a strange similarity. The Audi A1 Sportback offers the same length (3.95m) and the same wheelbase (distance between axles) of 2.47 m, the three-door version appeared in September 2010.
The boot space is also identical with a capacity ranging from 270 to 920 liters by folding down the files.
The seat remains fixed and the cargo space available in tandem configuration is not flat.
But the customers of the A1 Sportback is not looking for a vehicle to move.
Besides the small Audi will be delivered as standard in version 4 places: at the rear, a storage and dual cup holders take place between the two seats.
Cost option, however it will be possible to opt for a five-seater with the installation of a conventional three-seat bench.
Aesthetically, the roofline is less arched but this is hardly noticeable from the outside.
Unless you have both A1 parked next to one another. But it is appreciated more on board, because this new design provides better headroom in the rear.
Precious few extra inches that make life pleasant as long as you do not exceed 1.80 m.
And this feeling is accentuated by a slight increase in the space for legs.
Comfort to the implementation of the front seats slightly forward in the cabin for three-door version.
Obviously, the boarding is greatly facilitated by the presence of this extra pair of doors.
The range of engines will be the same as the A1 three-door:
Three petrol engines:
- 1.2 TFSI 86 hp
- 1.4 TFSI 122 hp
- 1.4 TFSI 185 hp
And two blocks diesel
- 1.6 TDI 90 hp
- 1.6 TDI with 105 hp.
Will add a further 1.4 TFSI 140 hp étrennera that a system power failure cylinders cylinder called on demand.
Technology that limits fuel consumption by operating only on two of the four cylinders.
Finally a diesel engine 2.0 TDI 143 bhp will compete for the same power with the Mini Cooper SD.
In the end, without losing the dynamism of the three-door version, the A1 Sportback offers better access and more space for rear passengers.
A possibility that its rivals Mini and Citroen DS3 did not.
A strong argument for young parents?
The file is relatively vertical, but the legroom and headroom can be comfortable with two. In addition, access is satisfactory, ideal to install a toddler in her car seat.
The angle of the tailgate is slightly less pronounced than on the three-door version of the flag and slightly less fleeting, all nevertheless retains a nice balance.
Customizable by an optional two-tone color, the A1 Sportback imposes a flag color matched to roof arches.
Unlike the A1 which harmonizes the pavilion at the paintwork. The set is called the dome and can be painted gray, silver or black.
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