Audi A1: Aluminum Und Small

Despite being the tiniest car in the Auto Union lineup, the Audi A1 still has those signature LED eyes, wind-sucking grille and R8-esque silver-rimmed greenhouse. However, unlike an R8, the MINI-fighter's top-end engine ekes out a meager 122 HP.


The smallest Audi will officially go on sale in Europe with four drivetrains; two gasoline engines and two oil-burners putting power down through the front wheels via a seven-speed S-tronic transmission or six- and five-speed manual. The 1.2-liter or 1.4-liter TFSI either throws down 86 in wimpy form or 122 HP with a 0-to-62 MPH time of 9.1 seconds and EU test cycle 44 MPG. A larger 1.6-liter TDI stirs the pot a bit more with 185 lb-ft of torque, 105 HP and 60 MPG. If you really must, another version of the same TDI squeezes out 62 MPG.

Otherwise, the A1 incorporates the same details as every other Audi, including an MMI infotainment system on the inside and LED lights everywhere. In sportier-looking S-line trim, the A1 gets larger 18-inch wheels, sportier suspension, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and sport seats. So it may look the S-porty part, but somehow we doubt it'll drive like one.

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