Audi Review : New Audi A1 Sportback

New Audi A1 Sportback Car Review

The New Audi A1 Sportback Car – designed to fill the slot left by the discontinued A2 – lacks the MINI’s wistful sensibilities, but it comes packing an extra set of doors, four usable seats, some handsome sheetmetal and an multimedia interface that ties in with the driver’s mobile phone to provide navigation, music and an internet connection. Oh, and New Audi A1 Sportback Car can make calls too.

New Audi A1 Sportback Car Review Pictures

New Audi A1 Sportback Car Review

The New Audi A1 Sportback Car ace-in-the-hole may be its five door body-style, offering up a dose of practicality not found in the standard BMW-based MINI. Don’t expect too many styling changes to be made before the new A1 is released in Europe as an ‘09 model. The concept sports what appears to be a new mild hybrid powertrain with a 150-horsepower 1.4L TSI engine mated up to a 27-horse electric motor. That combo sends power through Audi’s S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox, which is essentially Volkswagen’s superlative DSG transmission with a new name. Mileage is spectacular at 60.3 mpg (U.S.) and carbon emissions are low, just 92 g/km.

New Audi A1 Sportback Car Review Pictures

New Audi A1 Sportback Car Review

As you can see, the newcomer certainly doesn’t lack visual flair, with clean lines inspired by last year’s Metro Project quattro. It’s practical too, with a five-door layout and capable of transporting four adults thanks to two full-sized individual rear seats.We’ll get more details when the newcomer is officially unveiled, so come back to Auto Express online tomorrow for the full story