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Audi extends the A1 range

  • Manufacturer launches five-door Sportback model
  • Taller body means more space for rear passengers
  • Prices to start from £13,980, on sale in early 2012

Audi is increasing the variety of the A1 range with a new five-door Sportback model, set to go on sale early next year.

While it might not look much different to the three-door model, minus the two extra doors of course, the five-door variant is slightly wider and longer. This means there is a bit of extra room for rear passengers. Boot space, however, remains the same at 270 litres.

The extra space also means that this model comes with five seats as standard, although you can specify a four-seater at no extra cost.

Apart from the two extra doors, things are fairly similar to that of the existing three-door version. There are three choices in the petrol engine line-up: a 1.2-litre with 86bhp, a 1.4-litre with 120bhp or the range-topping 1.4-litre engine with 182bhp.

At launch, the only diesel option will be the 1.6-litre engine with 89bhp. The newly introduced 2.0-litre diesel, with 141bhp, will come sometime after launch. All engines, apart from the 182bhp petrol unit, come with stop/start technology to lower emissions and improve economy.

There’s the now recognisable trim line-up of SE, Sport and S Line on offer, while the emphasis on personalising the A1 continues to be pushed by the brand as it looks to get the edge over BMW’s MINI.

The A1 Sportback is set to go on sale in early 2012, with a premium over the three-door of around £500. 

Prices will start at £13,980 for the 1.2-litre SE model, rising to £21,270 for the top-of-the-range 1.4-litre 182bhp S Line version.