2019 Audi A1 Sportback: All The Details, Full Gallery And A Video Walkaround

Audi has officially (and now, fully) unveiled the 2019 A1 Sportback, after a string of leaks this week .

Looking significantly more square and aggressive than its predecessor, the redesigned model has a wide singleframe grille and three slits beneath the hood that pay tribute to the Sport Quattro. Moving further back, we can see an upward sweeping beltline, prominent character lines and wheels which range in sizes from 15- to 18-inches.

Customers will be able to order an assortment of options including LED headlights and an S Line exterior which adds larger air intakes, a larger rear spoiler and special side skirts. The model will be offered in eleven colors and buyers can order a contrasting color for the roof, mirrors, side skirts and front spoiler.

Overall, the car measures 4.03 meters (13.2 ft) long, 1.74 meters (5.7 ft) wide and 1.41 meters (4.6 ft) tall.

Higher quality interior parts and virtual cockpit

The new styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find a higher quality interior with a modern design. Even in base form, the A1 has a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a multifunction steering wheel and a distinctive air vent on the passenger side. Three different interior lines will be available and each will have a unique dashboard trim strip and coordinated colored accents on air vent surrounds, center console and door handles.

In terms of practicality, the A1 has more interior room and a larger boot which now holds 335 liters (11.8 cu ft) of luggage. When the rear seats are folded down, the model can hold 1,090 liters (38.5 cu ft) of cargo.

Options include sport seats, heated front seats and an ambient lighting package with 30 colors. Customers will also have the option of ordering the MMI radio plus system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen display or the MMI navigation plus system with a larger 10.1-inch display. Another interesting option is the connectivity package which provides Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as two USB ports.

Customers will also be able to choose from two optional audio systems including an Audi system with eight-speakers or a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 11 speakers.

Three- and four-cylinder turbo engines at launch

Under the hood, there will be an assortment of TSFI engines including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder as well as a 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Audi didn’t go into specifics but confirmed the engines will have outputs ranging from 95 PS (70 kW / 93 hp) to 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp).

Most models will be offered with either a manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, the 40 TFSI will be available exclusively with a six-speed S tronic transmission.

Three different suspensions will be available including a sport suspension and a sport suspension with adjustable shock absorbers. The model can also be equipped with a Performance package which includes beefier brakes which measure 312 mm (12.3 in) up front and 272 mm (10.7 in) in the rear.

Safety features to the max

On the safety front, the car comes standard with an assortment of driver assistance systems including a lane departure warning system which uses a camera to detect the lane markings. The system will warn drivers when the car accidentally leaves its lane and will even help steer the model back on course.

Other safety features include a speed limiter, adaptive speed assist, park assist and pre sense front. The latter system uses a radar sensor to detect potential hazards and warn the driver if a collision is imminent. If the driver fails to respond to these warnings, the car will automatically brake itself in an attempt to prevent or mitigate the impact.

European orders start this summer

Audi said it will begin accepting orders on the new  A1 Sportback from the summer before launching the sub-compact on the European market in fall 2018. Prices in Germany will start from under 20,000 euros (equal to $23,000 at today’s rates).

Article updated with new information, plus the full official gallery and a video walk-around from Autogefuhl
 

 

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  • Soob

    The Civic wants it’s rear bumper back.

    • D3X

      Came here for this! Less fake intakes please.

      • Enter Ranting

        The fake grille trend can’t die soon enough. It’s pointless and ridiculous.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        I call them infakes.

        • Jay

          Instant classic

  • iea96

    That C pillar is tragic

  • Matthew Boyd

    Aggressive little bugger

  • wintergraan

    I really wanna see the non s-line versions.

    • Miknik

      I think the drawing with the dimensions shows that exactly, the rear bumper is totally different, also the front fake air vents are slightly smaller and the lower chin less aggressive (plus it has standard wheels). Unfortunately, the nostrils above the grille are there nevertheless.

      • wintergraan

        Thanks for the hint, I didn‘t notice that the gallery got updated. I must say that I like the normal version a lot more than the s line variant, which isn‘t always the case with Audis. I‘m glad they kept a somewhat sporty look for the standard model and didn‘t make it look super boring.
        Btw, I actually like these nostrils 🙂

  • David Giles

    Will it be available it in the States?

    • Daniela Wolf

      U don’t buy Avants and small cars so probably not.

    • Christian

      you can’t fit it, so why bother..

  • lagunas3ca

    Pretty soon you won’t be able to tell the difference between Audi and VW vehicles. This is what happens when your top 2 designers move from Audi to Bentley and Italdesign Giugiaro, and you promote the VW designer whose only credentials are the VW Golf and Passat ffs.

    • Enter Ranting

      It’s getting more difficult to tell the difference between Audi and Hyundai vehicles.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        True. I see a LOT of Kona in that roofline.

  • Looks like the hard plastics from VW cars have now trickled down into Audi…

  • roy

    The profile view of the rear three quarters looks like a slammed down vw t roc ( which is actually almost true ). And the interior looks like a scaled down version of the lastest vw toureg ( which has a brilliant interior but then we don’t want to see the same design in an Audi ). Other than that this vw polo-in-disguise-of-an-audi is pretty darn good

  • Honda NSX-R

    Exterior looks great, interior looks kinda weird

  • Not really bad looking… But orginal pre-facelift A1 looks so much better. A1 QUATTRO was probably the best looking of all. I don’t Get Audi, this looks more VW, The new Tuareg looks like a Q5 from most angles. The Q2 seems to be designed by an other company, A6 just is an ugly version of the C7… They had great ergonomics now they use huged touch/press screens with bad haptic feedback… The Design is just more and more over complicated. Maybe they just don’t know what to do anymore.

    • Przemix

      Q2 is Polo looking at the back

  • I think the production car looked better just because of the headlights.

  • Also a bit BMW, but mostly all the bad from POLO and IBIZA. But not the good.

  • TheDatanator

    I like the interior – especially the central display. But those C pillars. The only thing missing are the Audi rings. If BMW can slather the X2 with roundels on the C pillars, Audi’s missing out on the opportunity to bling this baby up.

  • R55

    Its aggressive, looks great. A good looking Audi for once

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I love how Audi has created a whole new segment of car that already existed. The Hatchback.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I really liked the design of pre-facelift previous generation, the new one doesn’t look at all exciting. Between the new A1, Polo and Ibiza I’d take Ibiza.

  • The “Lambofication” of Audi has begun.
    Which might sound like a good thing, but it’s not. From afar the car looks fine, yet the closer you get, the busier and busier it looks – unnecessary busyness, overdone design (Honda-like as someone stated earlier).
    The first-gen A1 was iconic with clean lines – Audi repeated the path taken with the redesigned Q7.

  • 31/12/2999

    A Clases looks better.

    • Matt

      A-Class is in a different segment (A3).

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Sooooo, other than the presumed speed that I can’t use, why should I buy this over…basically anything in its class?

    • Matt

      Quality and big-car refinement? I’m only guessing but this will probably be a very refined small car.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        The dash looks a LOT like its VAG PQ25 stablemates, particularly the Polo 6C. Maybe they use a little more glue and tighten everything down, but I’m not sure it’s worth the premium.

        Then again, I live in the U.S., and the market has decided we don’t like hot hatches, despite all the hot hatches that have been sold here over the years.

  • Autoexperte

    ugly

    • Matt

      But I bet you love the Lexus LX570.

      • Autoexperte

        No, I love the new Lexus ES

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant help but think of Sprockets when i hear his videos. Although, his English is getting better.

    • Autogefuhl’s car reviews are one of the most thorough and realistic, in terms of looking at design, build quality and driving feel, for the normal car enthusiast…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Buy a Fabia.

  • dojevu

    Looks like Skoda Fabia’s little brother which is trying too hard to be cool.

  • EMRE IŞIKYILDIZ

    remove the badge and it is a Hyundai

  • T2X

    Fake Exhaust, fake Air Intake, fake Car?
    It’s very sad to see the trends with fake parts…

    • wintergraan

      But at least the A1 has real exhaust pipes;)
      And you should definitely wait for the non s-line version. It‘ll come with less fake air intakes 🙂

  • Autoexperte

    Audi is shit IMO

  • Puddingpopper

    a damn beauty right there

  • Auf Wiedersehen
  • erly5

    Hyundai i20 anyone? And that’s based on the high end versions, so how dull will the base versions appear. Audi don’t need to worry because it will sell regardless!

  • Yishay
  • Brabusbus

    That interior is too busy.

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