Audi’s new entry-level model adopts a more aggressive styling than the previous models, featuring a wide front grille backed up by three stilts just above, paying homage to the Sport Quattro homologation special.
The aggressive theme continues at the back, where the rear bumper gets a pair of -probably fake- air outlets and a small diffuser and the taillights adopt a distinctive LED signature.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Audi A1 Sportback is now longer by 56mm (2.2in), at 4.03 meters (13.2 ft). Width its the same as before, at 1.74 meters (5.7 ft), while height is 1.41 meters (4.6 ft).
The interior gets a driver-oriented dashboard that features a 10.1-inch glass-surfaced MMI infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its range-topping version. All models will come with Audi’s 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as standard. Audi claims that interior space has been improved in the new A1, as is the luggage capacity (335 liters with the rear seats in their normal position). Other onboard features include wireless charging for compatible smartphones, a premium B&O audio system and more.
As you would expect, the range of driver assistance systems is pretty impressive; the 2019 Audi A1 Sportback will offer everything from Audi’s Pre Sense Front, which uses a radar sensor in front to recognize critical situations, to Adaptive Speed Assist and a new parking assistant, among others.
The engine range includes three- and four-cylinder petrol engines, ranging from 93hp (95PS) to 197hp (200PS). As before, customers will be offered both a manual or a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The new Audi A1 will also be offered with two different dynamic packages, which according to the company are individually configured for each engine. The ‘Basis’ pack will be offered for the base gasoline versions and includes a sport suspension, red brake calipers, and larger brake rotors. Other engine options will be offered with the ‘Performance’ pack, that also includes bigger brakes with red calipers but adds adjustable dampers, a sound actuator and Audi Drive Select.
The new Audi A1 Sportback will be launched in the European market this fall, with prices in Germany starting at under 20,000 euros (around $23k in current exchange rates).