The new Audi A1 gets a sub-zero reception in Singapore



Audi’s new small hatchback gets its local debut, priced at S$131k with COE

SINGAPORE

Perhaps seeking to drive home the point that small, fun cars are cool, the new Audi A1 Sportback had its Singaporean unveiling last night in front of media and selected guests at an unusually frosty location, The Rink at JCube. 

This new car is the second incarnation of Audi’s base model, and comes in just the one variant for now, a 1.0 TFSI in Advanced trim. It’s priced at S$131,055 with Certificate of Entitlement, and goes up against the Mini 5dr.

With 116hp and 200Nm of torque from its three-cylinder engine, it gets a Cat A COE, and its VES rating is B (neutral). 0-100km/h comes up in 9.4 seconds, and it’ll top out at 203km/h.

The new A1 is a bigger car than before, growing 56mm in overall length (to 4,029mm), and 94mm in wheelbase (to 2,563mm), which makes for noticeably more passenger room.

The boot too, has grown, to 335-litres (65 more than before). Despite that, the car is 15kg lighter than its predecessor, at 1,200kg.

While the A1’s exterior pays homage to the legendary ur-Quattro rally car (specifically the wheelarch creases, flat, wide C-pillar, and triple nose slats), the interior clearly takes its cues from Audi’s larger models.

A 10-inch infotainment touchscreen borrowed from the A6/A7/A8 takes centre stage, and is appealingly massive for such a small car. More impressively, the instrument cluster is fully digital as standard, something no other car in this segment can boast of.

Other features on the A1 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, LED headlights and taillights, twin-zone auto climate control, and 16-inch wheels.

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