2019 Audi A1: First Official Images Of New Plush Hatch

Audi has been trying to build some hype around the 2019 A1 these past few weeks with an assortment of teasers, but tonight, official images of the new generation sub-compact surfaced online, thanks to Belgian site Autotijd.

The new A1 has a more serious and dynamic exterior than the car it replaces, adopting some of the Q2’s chunky design elements including a more dramatic face with a wider, hexagonal grille and squarer headlights. We have to say, though, that those new “L” shape tail lamps look closer to products from Munich than Ingolstadt.

The two A1 models depicted in these photos are the 35 TSI and 40 TSI, both in S Line trim that apparently comes with more aggressively styled bumpers, a rear diffuser, rocker panels, bigger wheels and honeycomb grille on the outside, along with sportier details inside, like the trimmings, steering wheel and seats.

Virtual Cockpit And MMI Touch Infotainment

The A1’s dash is chock full of lines and angles (and pronounced air vents), typical of VW Group products these days. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel makes its way inside the A1, as does the new haptic MMI Touch touchscreen display used on the latest A6, A7, A8 and Q8. The colorful accents around the vents suggest that the smallest member of Audi’s lineup will offer plenty of customization and personalization options.

We’ll have to wait a few days to get the skinny on the technical details, but we know that the new A1 is built around the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB A0 platform that  combines aluminum and hot-formed steel within the floorpan. We expect an increase in overall length, width and wheelbase, which will result in improved interior space for rear passengers and luggage capacity.

Also Read: Has VW Group Gone Too Far On Sharing Design Details Between Brands?

Powertrain Options

At launch, the engine lineup will largely mirror its VW Polo cousin, with 116PS / 114hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 150PS / 148hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline units. Later on, we will see a hotter S1 with a 250+ hp 2.0-liter turbo and Quattro all-wheel drive. It remains to be seen if the rumors about Audi ditching its diesel offerings on the A1 (at least in some markets) are true.

After an (official) presentation in the coming days and a world premiere at the Paris Auto Show later in October, the new A1 will begin to arrive across dealerships in Europe before the end of the year.

Thanks to Peter for the tip!


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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I guess it will sell well to those who love Audi’s “me too” styling. The interior is okay but you will pay through the nose for the nicer finish and toys.

  • salamOOn

    sooo…..that centre stack decided to slowly escape from driver?

  • Wis

    I don’t like the cockpit, but the exterior design is aggressive as hell. One of the rare good looking Audi exterior designs these days.


  • ZafMio

    I, actually, like it!! Both interior and exterior!! Definitely, it’s on my shortlist!!

    • Autoexperte

      it a minicar like the Opel Karl or VW Up, but for 20.000 Euro 🙁

      • ZafMio

        No. It’s like the Opel Corsa or VW Polo. A little larger than these two, you are referring to.

        • Autoexperte

          No, the Opel Corsa is bigger than the Audi A1, i know here are a lot of Audi fanboys, who are biased, but the Audi A1 has the format of the Chevrolet Sonic, Opel Adam and so on, it´s a minicar

          • Tinky-Winky

            No, it’s a more posh VW Polo. It basically has the same wheelbase an overall size. Chevrolet Aveo is in the same class as Polo. Spark is a smaller vehicle like other cars you mentioned, “AutoEXPERTE”.

          • Autoexperte

            minicars: Opel Adam, Opel Karl, Audi A1, Toyota Aygo, VW Up, Ford Ka+, Mitsubishi Mirage, Fiat Panda

            subcompacts: Opel Corsa, Toyota Yaris, Audi A3, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Punto

            compacts: Opel Astra, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, VW Golf, Fiat Ottimo

          • Six Thousand Times

            No, the A3 and the Golf share a floorpan. The A1 is Audi’s Polo.

          • Autoexperte

            Yes, the new A1 based on the VW Polo plattform and is bigger, the current one based on the smaller plattform of the old Seat Ibiza, which is smaller than the Polo underpinning

          • driv3r

            You obviously aren’t any sort of an “Autoexperte”, as the current outgoing A1 has always been a subcompact car based on the same platform as the last gen. VW Polo. Don’t argue on that. It’s simply how it is.
            The A3 is sharing the normal MQB platform with the Golf, which you got wrong in your list as well.

          • Autoexperte

            You are biased and don’t know very much

          • Tinky-Winky

            Seat Ibiza is in the same size category as Polo. Previous A1 and Polo had basically the same dimensions. I suggest that you stop making a fool of yourself unless of course you’re just trolling.

          • iea96

            After seeing his comment about the interior, I can guarantee you he’s trolling

          • CADOX

            Yes, at this point the non-expert can only be trolling. This sh*t is obviously only funny to him. I think he may be very lonely and gets off on getting replies, any replies really, and what better way to get a response than writing a load of crap on a daily basis ?

  • no25

    I really like the look of it! Then, I saw the interior…come on, Audi! What is that? Especially coming from the brand that has awesome interiors seen in vehicles like the TT!

  • Autoexperte

    the interior looks like the interior of the Honda HR-V

  • Autoexperte
    • ZafMio

      Oh yes!! They have, almost, similar design lines! I mean, it’s the same idea!

      • Autoexperte

        and Audi has copied the idea of Honda

        • wintergraan

          Bla bla bla. It’s getting boring :/

    • Daniela Wolf

      It’s so sad to see a Audihater trolling around on every thread about Audi 🙁

      • OdysseyTag

        On every VW Group related article to be honest.

  • haudit

    It’s somewhat strange, to say the least. It isn’t ugly, but the exterior is even more reminiscent of the Q2 than I was expecting. I’m not sure I’m ready for a mainstream Audi that doesn’t even attempt the brand’s traditional 3 window silhouette.

    I’m really not a fan of the interior. The arrangement of the two vents either side of the virtual cockpit are very similar to the layout used by Kia in the 2010 Optima, the HVAC controls are lifted directly from the already six-year-old A3, and it appears that Volkswagen’s new-found obsession with slathering body coloured plastic trim on interior surfaces has discovered a new home for itself at Audi.

    • driv3r

      I share your thought about the exterior. Im also not keen on the LED daytime running lights at the front as well as the back which might be a design feature, but look more like some LEDs were broken. I’m also nut sure about the three small vents over the Audi grille.
      The missing of the 3 window silhouette has a pretty easy explanation: It’s cheaper. Overall the new A1 seems to have had huge influences of the controlling department as especially the interior looks very VW Polo und Seat Ibiza like to me though featuring unnecessarily more sharp cuts and lines and those out of place air vents left and right of the steering wheel which look like they have been added after the overall design of the car was already finished. The Seat Ibiza interior shows how a modern, almost Audi like clean design could’ve looked like on the A1.

      • haudit

        The interior definitely looks more SEAT than Audi to me. If you popped a SEAT logo on the steering wheel, no one would think to question it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f00c05aca2a9a48d1d41b77658e1aa40df25ffcbfc806bce2e8c00a2ca35435.jpg

        • Marty

          That would work on the exterior too. Change the front and you have a SEAT or Skoda.

        • driv3r

          Sure, they can always reduce costs at any point of the car, especially if the add costs at other areas of the car, such as the standard virtual cockpit. 😉
          They might wanna say that they wanted to replicate the c-pillar design of the Q2 and giving it a more sporty look but no one can deny that dropping the 3rd window is also a huge cost-saver.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    I knew they would F up the C-pillar with all that useless metal, just like the Q2…

  • Zandit75

    Damn, I like this a lot!!!
    Am I the only one who sees Hyundai Kona frontal treatment?
    Love the headlight design too, this is a big departure for Audi from previous designs.

    • It’s the Kona flavour alright, but Audi removed ‘ugly’ from Hyundai’s recipe.

      • Zandit75

        Agreed, this is a better looker!

  • stelvio

    The opera windows on the C-pillar in the previous gen is what made it an audi and upmarket. So sad they took it out, now it looks like any current offering from hyundai or toyota

  • Bo Hanan

    I see a Golf with Audi makeup on. Too bad. The last one was all character.

  • The old one looked better.

  • Karl

    Very nice indeed.

  • Denzel

    It’s alot Wilder than any other Audi but it gives off a RS trim vibe seeing how aggressive it looks. I love it plus the wheels on the greyish green one is beautiful.

  • Nordschleife

    Someone go ahead and morph this into the next A3 sedan. We all know it will look similar.

  • Wow the design is very aggressive for the A1, although the side and rear quarter is still looks like every other hatchback.

  • wintergraan

    Oh come on. It doesn‘t look like a Kia.
    And Audi‘s design has changed significantly since Peter Schreyer left Audi in 2006 😉

  • wintergraan

    I honestly didn‘t expect it to look that good. Surprisingly, Audi‘s new grille design suits the A1 very well.
    The interior also seems a like a nice place to be in and has some youthful touches which makes it look less stale.
    My only gripe is the shape of the c-pillar which is just too massive. 😉

  • Nelson

    I like it. especially the headlights.

  • Shtekeris

    This looks more like an X5 from the back, than the new X5 does 😀

    • There is definitely BMW in those tail lights.

  • I can’t say I like this. Way too many different contours and shapes that aren’t blending together. Yet also somehow despite all the radical styling, it still looks overly apparent that it’s an Ibiza / Polo derivative. The interior I think is just as bad. Looks worse for ergonomics than the previous gen A1. Like, how?

  • SteersUright

    Beautiful little car, I love the interior. I wish they’d bring the S1 over to the states for around $35k.

  • Marty

    Kudos for designing a touch screen that looks like it belongs there. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

    But I don’t know if I would have identified the exterior as an Audi without the (overworked) grille.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Headlamps looks terrible but rest of car very beautiful

  • Knotmyrealname

    One of Hyundai’s best efforts.

  • Hoe

    I feel this new A1 is a nice try, but it looks like it’s lost nowhere. It is a transition design. They took some new directions (volumes), but it’s not especially attractive nor powerful as they wanted it to look … but refreshing for Audi indeed.
    Audi is firmly pushing its design boundaries with their new cars. They only need to do a proper research design work to create differentiation between models and add appeal. Hopefully, it will happen in the next generations, once their attempt is mature.

  • Knotmyrealname

    How is the driver supposed to cool his face without freezing his hands? Or may he only do that when he moves his hands away from the recommended driving position?

  • R55

    A good looking Audi. First for a very long time.

  • Rot

    Ugly VW Polo.

  • Classic Bob

    A break from traditional Audi design language..
    Then again, maybe not.. it still has a version of their trademark largemouth bass grille.

  • Vassilis

    The front looks pretty great, the rear maybe less so. Good job by Audi though. I love the current one and I was afraid the 5door-only new one wouldn’t look good enough. I was wrong.

  • Frase

    On the whole it’s okay, better than the last one, but I don’t know. It’s a bit messy looking. Not Q8 messy, but still a bit too much going on.

  • sigma7777777

    Polo the Great.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I just noticed – Audi A1’s taillights are L-shaped while BMW X5’s aren’t.

  • uS’gedlemba
  • iea96

    The exterior is a bit too much with all the fake air inlets/outlets, unnecessarily sharp edges, etc. It’s definitely trying to look bigger than what it actually is but I still can’t say I hate it. But the images are likely showing the S-Line version, kinda curious to see what the base trim will look like.
    The interior though, that is great. New Mercedes A-Class brought some serious competition to the C-Segment with its tech, now Audi is doing the same in the B-Segment with A1.

    • uS’gedlemba

      I’d beg to differ with regards to the B segment; that is one segment where common sense seems to prevail; people either buy those cars for practicality or frugality; perhaps the A1 will be offering that “luxary” alternative…but I think they have their work cut-out; these buyers don’t have time to go over the top with specs.

      • iea96

        A1 has been against that common sense since the beginning. Nobody who has practicality or frugality as a priority buys these. It’s more of a statement thing like a Mercedes Citan or X-Class. It’s been playing the “first car with daddy’s money” role well and will continue to do so.

  • DMax

    I like it. A bit too many fake vents, but that where the design trend is today unfortunately. But wtf does 40 TSI even mean? 40hp? 4.0 motor?

  • Puddingpopper

    Lame wheels, super fussy taillights, cool grille, bodyside, and interior.

  • Bash

    Not sure if they have Audi-dized a Golf, or it’s a Golfidized Audi.
    Eitherway, I like what I’m seeing.

  • 2sfhim

    Very horrendous

  • Autoexperte

    the community here changed in a bad way

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      Stop trolling.

  • BuzzedandStung

    I like it. Far more aggressive exterior in nature than the previous model. The interior does look like it was made for a more “youthful” market. People getting into their first Audi, getting a taste of fine materials, yet still appealing to their hipness and urbanism. I really like that it has a combinations of dials and buttons along with the touchscreen. The all touchscreen trend isn’t my favourite. Front is a little crazy with all textured plastic, but I can easily live with it. AND a real exhaust…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Buy a Fabia.

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